Sunday, April 29, 2007

Atheros Launches its First Ethernet Switching Chip

Atheros Communications introduced its first Ethernet switch chip and a low-cost, 6-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch. The AR8216 supports can be used in wired and wireless networking equipment, including mainstream 802.11n and 802.11g wireless router and gateway platforms.

With its new low-cost Fast Ethernet switch solution, Atheros now provides networking customers with all of the major silicon required for complete wire-to-wireless router designs.

The device consists of five 10/100 Ethernet PHY ports, one MII port for CPU connectivity and six independent Media Access Controllers (MACs). It is implemented in a 10mm x 10mm, 80-pin, low-profile quad flat package. It also supports an advanced QoS architecture that prioritizes switch traffic for different classes of applications, such as voice traffic for IP phones, video traffic for multimedia and data traffic for e-mail. The device also supports ingress policing and egress rate limiting, as well as IPv4 IGMP and IPv6 MLD snooping to significantly improve the performance of streaming media and other bandwidth-intensive IP multicast applications.

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