Monday, August 4, 2008

Teranetics Develops Dual-port 10 Gigabit Copper PHY

Teranetics, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California introduced the first dual-port 10GBASE-T PHY IC -- doubling the port density of switch and Network Interface Cards (NIC) compared to first generation 10GBASE-T PHYs.

Teranetics' new TN2022 enables switch manufacturers to design as many as 48 RJ-45 ports into a single rack unit. This second generation PHY consumes 6 watts per port and nearly halves the power consumption compared to first generation PHYs while operating at cable lengths exceeding 100 meters. In addition, the TN2022 features multi-rate capabilities, enabling use with ubiquitous RJ-45 Ethernet connectors and making it backward compatible with existing 1 Gigabit and 100 Mbps network gear.

The company's first generation 10GBASE-T PHY has been adopted by leading OEMs, including Extreme Networks and Intel.

Teranetics said that because its new TN2022 supports development of new 10 Gigabit products with the same port count as typical 48-port 1Gbps pizza-box switches, OEMs can now design systems that deliver 10 times more bandwidth at nearly one-third the cost per Gigabit of bandwidth. At this density and price level, 10 Gigabit Ethernet becomes an attractive choice for data center managers who require bandwidth upgrades in addition to a fabric for unifying multiple networks in the data center.

  • In February 2008, Teranetics announced $25 million in a private equity financing. Participants in the financing included all of Teranetics existing investors as well as strategic partner LSI Corporation (LSI). The company specializes in 10GBASE-T Ethernet commercialization.

  • Teranetics is headed by Matt Rhodes (CEO), who previously was the President of Conexant Systems, where he was responsible for the marketing, engineering and operations of a communication IC business of nearly $1 billion annually. The company was co-founded by Sanjay Kasturia (formerly co-founded Airgo Networks, now a part of Qualcomm), Rahul Chopra (formerly with Iospan Wireless, now a part of Intel), and Jose Tellado (formerly a founder of Iospan Wireless).


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