Monday, January 8, 2007

Force10 Awarded Backplane and Routing Patents

Force10 Networks was awarded two patents protecting the 100 Gigabit Ethernet-enabled backplane and robust routing technology that powers its TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers. Force10 now holds 18 U.S. and international patents.

Force10 said its TeraScale E-Series leverages several advances in both switching and routing technology to improve system-level processing and throughput. In its routing implementation, the TeraScale E-Series utilizes a patent-protected scheduling logic that more efficiently processes traffic, enabling very high system throughput. Working in conjunction with the routing capabilities of the Force10 TeraScale E-Series is the five Terabits per second backplane, which provides the necessary capacity to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet. The company noted that the patent-protected backplane of the TeraScale E-Series features innovations in design and fabrication to make it ideal for high performance routing functionalities. The high-layer count backplane combines significant power distribution capabilities with a large number of signaling paths to ensure support for 100 Gigabit Ethernet. Additionally, the unique techniques of construction produce a reliable and economical backplane that is a passive system component and does not act as a point of failure.

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