Monday, October 20, 2014

Vitesse and Aquantia Deliver 2.5G Ethernet Switch for Enterprise Wi-Fi

Vitesse Semiconductor and Aquantia announced a unique 2.5G Ethernet switch solution, reference design and software integration to accelerate Wave 2 802.11ac network deployments over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructure.

Aquantia is the leading supplier of 10GBASE-T PHYs used for high-speed copper connectivity in data centers.

Wave 2 802.11ac drives access point backhaul bandwidth above 1G, compelling Enterprises to find ways to enable multi-Gigabit bandwidth over existing network cabling.
While using 10G uplinks is a possibility, it requires enterprises to install a new cabling infrastructure.

The new turnkey 2.5G Vitesse-Aquantia solution, enables Wave 2 802.11ac access points to be connected over existing enterprise networks.  The joint solution is based on Vitesse’s latest generation SparX-IV Enterprise Ethernet switch family, SMBStaX™ protocol stack and Aquantia’s recently announced AQRate 2.5G and 5G Ethernet PHY devices.

“Vitesse’s SparX-IV Enterprise Ethernet switches complement our recently unveiled AQrate products, and our AQR405 high-density quad-port in particular,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president of sales and marketing at Aquantia. “This turnkey solution is a key piece of the 802.11ac ecosystem. We anticipate a fast adoption of the 2.5G rate in Enterprise and mobile infrastructure by OEMs and ODMs.”

“The industry needs a turnkey 2.5G solution like this to catalyze massive and fairly immediate Enterprise bandwidth network upgrades over legacy cabling,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “The joint Vitesse-Aquantia solution addresses a significant market gap between today’s Gigabit and 10G options, delivering major capex and opex advantages to Enterprises coping with burgeoning wireless traffic network demands.”