Service providers are facing ever greater demand for broadband, as homes and businesses connect more devices, and increasingly consume data-hungry media services. Next generation speed tiers will require multiple gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth capability and extremely low latency. Service providers are looking to Passive Optical Network (PON) technologies to deliver these gigabit services.
This document outlines the key architectural components of fiber to the home (FTTH) technologies, including the service provider’s and the on-premises equipment. Intel oﬀers a range of technology options for OEMs to choose from as they build these technologies end-to-end, including processors with dedicated communications and networking capabilities and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). This document will help OEMs to understand these options, and to make choices based on their own architecture preferences.