Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Aquantia Brings Multi-Gigabit over Copper Backhaul to Small Cells

Aquantia, which is the leading supplier of 10GBASE-T PHYs for copper connectivity in data centers, is bringing its technology to mobile infrastructure, including in-building C-RAN architectures that rely on Remote Radio Unit (RRU) sending the digitized RF spectrum to a centralized Baseband Unit (BBU) for processing.

Aquantia's new AQcell product line is designed to transport digitized cellular data at multi-Gigabit per second rates over 200-meters of copper cable, while also providing Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. The company is introducing a single-port (AQC105) and quad-port (AQC405) configurations, both implemented in 28nm.

“Small cell deployments are witnessing high growth as service providers cope with greater volumes of indoor cellular network traffic,” said Faraj Aalaei, President and CEO of Aquantia. “AQcell was designed specifically to accelerate small cell growth by enabling a highly scalable front-haul transport solution. It removes significant barriers to entry for next generation equipment and by doing so, service providers can enjoy greater network coverage and better service quality.”