Showing posts with label Centec. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Centec selects 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 active copper cable from Credo and FIT

Credo Semiconductor, a developer of mixed-signal ICs and IP for data centre and enterprise networking applications, and interconnect solutions supplier Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) announced that they will demonstrate robust and error-free 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 active copper cable (ACC) connectivity solutions with reach up to 10 metres during the Computex Show in Taipei.

The new cable assembly is designed to enable server designers to transition to higher bandwidths utilising cost-effective copper connectivity as an alternative to implementing higher cost optical technology.

The companies stated that to enable lower cost high bandwidth solutions, Centec, an established provider of Ethernet switching solutions, plans to adopt ACC technology for its data centre solutions to help speed the transition to the technology in 100 Gbit/s intra-rack and inter-rack applications within the data centre.

The companies noted that with growing demand for bandwidth, maintaining copper interconnects between servers and top-of-rack switches would save significant capex in the transition from 10 to 25 Gbit/s single lane data rates. The new jointly developed 100 Gbit/s QSFP28 ACCs provide connectivity between standard QSFP ports, with a QSFP28 ACC capable of supporting 4x full-duplex lanes, with each lane transmitting at up to 25 Gbit/s in each direction, delivering aggregate bandwidth of up to 100 Gbit/s.

The ACC solution utilises Credo's mixed-signal processing technology to provide cost-effective intermediate-reach data centre interconnects that cannot be achieved with traditional passive copper cable (PCC). In addition, Credo's low power technology means that the 100 Gbit/s ACC consumes significantly less power than competing AOCs (active optical cables).

  • Earlier this year, Credo Semiconductor announced demonstrations of its low power 112 Gbit/s PAM4, 56 Gbit/s PAM4 LR and 56 Gbit/s NRZ LR SerDes technologies at DesignCon 2017. Demonstrations with Keysight and Amphenol showcased Credo's 112 Gbit/s PAM4-SR and 56 Gbit/s PAM4-LR technology, with Molex demonstrating Credo's 56 Gbit/s PAM4-LR and NRZ LR SerDes IP over copper cables and backplanes. Credo also demonstrated long-reach 28 Gbit/s technology for data centre connectivity with Leoni.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Centec and DASAN Form Partnership

Centec Networks, a supplier of Ethernet switching silicon and SDN white box solutions, and DASAN Network Solutions, a provider of network solutions in Korea, announced a partnership intended to enable the joint development of flexible and cost-effective next generation network solutions.

By combining Centec's advanced high-speed Ethernet switching silicon with DASAN's system design expertise, the two companies plan to jointly develop next-generation network switching solutions designed to address all layers of the open-networking ecosystem, from chips and equipment to network operating systems and applications.

The partners noted that they are already collaborating in a number of industry standards groups, and through the new partnership plan to expand their work together on industry specifications and initiatives aimed at addressing networking demands arising from the growth in global data traffic, with a focus on enhancing flexibility and efficiency and reducing cost of ownership.

In September 2016, Zhone Technologies announced it had completed the acquisition of DASAN Network Solutions to create DASAN Zhone Solutions, a global provider of fibre access solutions for enterprise and service provider networks, with the combined entity 58% owned by DASAN Networks, formerly the parent company of DASAN Network Solutions.

DASAN Zhone Solutions, based in Oakland, California and with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Korea and China, is a provider of fibre and copper broadband access, Ethernet switching, mobile backhaul, passive optical LAN and software defined networking solutions.

In November last year, Centec Networks and EmbedWay, a provider of intelligent infrastructure products and solutions, jointly introduced the ExSwitch6400 series 10 Gigabit Ethernet SDN white box solution, claimed to be the first high-density 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet open-networking platform to offer native 100 Gigabit Ethernet (4 x 25 Gbit/s SerDes) uplinks.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Centec enhances 10 GBE whitebox switch solution with support for Microsoft SONiC

Centec Networks of Suzhou, China, a supplier of IP/Ethernet switching silicon and whitebox solutions for SDN, announced it has extended the open-networking operating system options for its 10 Gigabit Ethernet whitebox switch solution via support for Microsoft's Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) collection of open-sourced software networking components.

The latest integration is based on the Open Compute Project (OCP) Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI), which is designed to allow network infrastructure providers to select the best combination of hardware and software for their specific requirements.

The first product to be introduced incorporating SONiC, which was launched in 2016, with Centec's switching silicon is the ExSwitch6400 series whitebox solution from ODM partner EmbedWay. The platform features Centec's Golden Gate CTC8096 switch chip and utilises SONiC to enable network operators to share the software stack across hardware from multiple switch vendors.

Centec's ExSwitch6400 series is a typical top of rack (ToR) switch that uses its Golden Gate switch chip and supports up to 48 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet downlinks with 40 Gigabit Ethernet and native 100 Gigabit Ethernet (4 x 25 Gbit/s) uplink interfaces. The solution offers support for OCP hardware design guidelines, including Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) to allow applications with ODM and other bare metal switches.

The Golden Gate silicon is designed to enable low latency and power performance for the ExSwitch6400 whitebox solution, and the switch can be optionally extended with an Intel CPU card for applications such as network functions virtualisation (NFV), hyper-convergence and security appliance applications.

Centec announced in November 2016 that it had partnered with EmbedWay, a provider of intelligent infrastructure products and solutions, to introduce the ExSwitch6400 series 10 Gigabit Ethernet SDN whitebox solution, 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet open-networking platform offering native 100 Gigabit Ethernet (4 x 25 Gbit/s SerDes) uplinks.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Centec Raises $47 Million for Ethernet Switching Silicon

Centec Networks, a developer of Ethernet switching silicon and SDN white box solutions, announced $47 million in Series E funding led by China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund (CICF), a national fund established to help develop IC technology companies in China.

Centec, which was founded in 2005 and is based in Suzhou, China, said it is pursuing an open-networking strategy. The company has developed and released multiple product generations including switch silicon for 1GE10GE, 40GE and 100GE applications, with OCP’s Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI) to ease the integration into both commercial and open source Network Operating System(NOS). Centec has a history of success delivering productized switch platform based on either a commercial or open source NOS for global vendors to integrate and customize for SDN and Open Networking applications.

The company has raised $30 million in previous funding rounds, developed four generations of switching silicon, and has achieved double-digit quarterly growth for the past 3 years.  Proceeds from its Series E funding round will be used to develop new products and to scale the company’s sales and marketing operations across the globe, especially North America.  CICF is joined in the round by existing investor China Electronics Corporation (CEC) through its China Electronics Innovations Fund, which led the company’s prior funding round.

“This funding round further establishes Centec as one of the top global sources of Ethernet switching silicon, and will enable us to meet growing product demand, accelerate innovation, and launch a new product family for the rapidly growing SDN white box market,” said James Sun, CEO of Centec Networks.  “The CICF investment also reinforces our position as a leading innovator in the worldwide market for Ethernet switching silicon, and a valued partner for customers entering the Chinese market.”

“Centec has emerged as a leading competitor in a segment dominated worldwide by a single vendor and has developed impressive switch chips with competitive features using a fraction of the funding a U.S. company would require,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. “The additional funding led by CICF will further strengthen its technology and market leadership in China and fuel its major expansion beyond China into the global market.”

Centec Debuts Fourth Generation 1.2 Tbps Switching Silicon

Centec Networks announced its fourth-generation GoldenGate switch silicon, a 1.2 Tbps chip designed to address SDN and virtualization in 10GE, 40GE and 100GE networks by increasing visibility in the forwarding plane.

The company said it was able to incorporate a number of unique features to solve SDN challenges for elephant flow detection, flow completion time, and flow visibility and control, while also supporting network virtualization with diverse overlay technology including the latest GENEVE protocol.