Force10 selects Aeluros' 10G PHY devices

February 22, 2006 Mountain View, CA -- Force10 Networks has selected Aeluros' CMOS-based 10G PHY devices for use in the 16-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LAN/WAN PHY line card on Force10's TeraScale E1200 Ethernet switch/router systems.

February 22, 2006 Mountain View, CA -- Force10 Networks has selected Aeluros' CMOS-based 10G PHY devices for use in the 16-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) LAN/WAN PHY line card on Force10's TeraScale E1200 Ethernet switch/router systems.

Aeluros says its second generation 10G PHY devices are pin compatible with its 800 mW Puma AEL1001/AEL1002 device family, rounding out a portfolio of 10 Gbit/sec-to-XAUI devices for optical module and line card applications. The company says the Puma AEL1004 and AEL1005 products selected by Force10 - optimized separately for XAUI modules and line cards - are the LAN/WAN PHY versions of its Puma product family of 10-GbE PHY/SerDes devices.

Aeluros says the devices incorporate on-board clock synthesizers that eliminate the need for board designers to provide two clock sources for Ethernet and SONET/SDH rates, by allowing the Ethernet clock to be synthesized from the SONET clock source. According to the company, with this patent-pending design approach, a single clock input of 155.52 MHz (optional support for a single 50 MHz CMOS clock source) is sufficient to drive both the SONET/SDH and Ethernet/XAUI clocking requirements in the device. Additionally, on-board clean-up circuitry also allows the device to provide stratum-3 level line-timing capability for SONET/SDH timing requirements.

"Aeluros' approach to developing 10G LAN/WAN PHY devices with an attractive combination of low power, small size, and cost saving features like the on-board clocking synthesizers, was key to our decision to pick Aeluros' PHY devices for our dense 16-port line card," comments Mike Laudon, director of hardware engineering at Force10 Networks. "Additionally, Aeluros' design-in tools, including reference designs, detailed design guidelines, and their committed on-site technical support, made the task of designing the 10G line card easier."

"We are very pleased that Force10 Networks has chosen the Aeluros 10G LAN/WAN PHY device for its more challenging 16-port line card," concludes Stefanos Sidiropoulos, CEO of Aeluros. "The increasing functionality of our second generation CMOS devices demonstrates our commitment to staying ahead of our competition and providing the customer base with a complete portfolio of 10G PHY devices with very attractive features."

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