Vitesse adds industrial-grade Gigabit Ethernet switch

JUNE 2, 2009 -- The 28-port, fully managed Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet switch delivers new QoS and security features for industrial telecom applications.

JUNE 2, 2009 -- Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (search Lightwave for Vitesse), a provider of advanced ICs for carrier and enterprise networks, has extended its portfolio of Ethernet switch offerings with an industrial temperature version (-40° to +100°C) of the E-StaX-34, a 28-port switch-on-a-chip (SoC) product.

Designed for use in any industrial environment, OEMs and ODMs can now extend Ethernet switch and PHY solutions beyond traditional local area network (LAN) environments and implement a 10-fold increase in the communication rate by implementing gigabit-per-second switching speeds.

The E-StaX-34 features 24 x 10M/100M/1G SGMII/SerDes ports plus four 10M/100M/1G/2.5G SGMII/SerDes ports complete with stacking capability, targeting standalone switches up to 28 ports and stackable switches up to 384 ports, respectively. The device also provides timing and synchronization support for industrial and telecom applications such as wireless backhaul. The fast failover protection mechanism available in E-Stax-34 meets stringent telecom network requirements.

Building upon the SparX Gigabit Ethernet switch family, the E-StaX-34 integrates advanced quality-of-service (QoS) features such as the Vitesse Content Aware Processor (VCAP), a Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM)-based engine that delivers wire-speed packet inspection, frame filtering, rate limitation, snooping, redirect, mirroring, and accounting functionality. An advanced prioritization engine (QCL) allocates higher priority to real-time traffic, such as voice and video transmissions, versus data traffic.

"With the introduction of this new version of E-StaX-34, Vitesse now offers extended temperature range support for Gigabit Ethernet switch solutions from 5 to 28 ports," says Martin Olsen, product marketing manager for Vitesse.

The E-Stax-34 for industrial temperature range, VSC7407XHO-03, is available now. Vitesse provides customers with reference systems, including turnkey hardware and software packages, and application team support. Software also includes support for Power over Ethernet (PoE/PoE+) as well as Synchronous Ethernet designs from various companies.

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