Monday, April 26, 2010

Marvell Introduces Energy Efficient Gigabit Ethernet Silicon

Marvell introduced a new Gigabit Ethernet Switch Platform based on its Prestera family of packet processors and Alaska family of Gigabit transceivers and designed to drive down network Ethernet switch power consumption as much as 70 percent while significantly reducing systems cost.

Specifically, the new Prestera 98DX3130 Ethernet switch and Alaska 88E1545 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver ICs reduce the energy bill for SMB/SMEs by using Marvell's advanced power saving architecture to operate at less than half a watt per Gigabit port at maximum load. The new devices deliver additional power reduction advantages when network traffic is reduced or idle. Both support the emerging IEEE 802.3az Energy-efficient-Ethernet draft standard.

The Prestera 98DX3130 Ethernet switch also supports dedicated 10 Gbps ports between Ethernet switches over either optical or copper media. Fast switch interconnects, also known as stacking, and embedded IPv6 capability reduce management overhead and network operating costs.