1. Agere Unveils 4 Gbe Switches and a Gbe Octal PHY
(Our lead story is dedicated to Agere Ed, our favorite and only IP Pulse critic) — Agere Systems has introduced four new Gbe switch on a chip devices and a Gbe octal PHY to comprise a development solution for enterprise network equipment ODMs and OEMs. The overall Agere solution uses 7 chips consisting of 1 switch SoC and 6 octal PHYs combined to build a complete 48-port Gbe switch with two 10 Gbps Ethernet ports. The new wave of products is highlighted by a single chip 48-port Gbe switching chip and the low power consumption (less than 500 milliwatts per port) of the octal PHY.
The four new GbE switch-on-a-chip devices are part of Agere’s ET4K family of switching silicon. The ET4000 is a single-chip switch device supporting 24 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet ports and four Gigabit SerDes ports. The ET4100 is a single-chip switch device supporting 24 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet ports, with four Gigabit SerDes ports and two 10 Gb/s Ethernet ports. The ET4001 is a single-chip switch device supporting 48 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet ports and four Gigabit SerDes ports. The ET4101 is a single-chip switch device supporting 48 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet ports, four Gigabit SerDes ports and two 10 Gb/s Ethernet ports.
The ET4K family is based on an architecture that supports L2/L3/L4 packet processing at wire speed, enabling throughput of of more than 104 million packets per second. The architecture also supports ACL function, IPv4, and native IPv6 capability.
The TruePHY ET1081 octal PHY enables total power per port at the .13 micron technology node. It supports 48 port density in a 1U form factor or operates in 2U 96-ported bladed applications. The PHY contains cable diagnostics capabilities, such as the ability to pinpoint a break in 100 meters or more of standard CAT5 cabling.
The new products are based on technology gained from acquisitions of Massana and TeraBlaze.
Agere has announced that Accton and Delta Networks will be using the new products to build enterprise switching gear for OEM customers.
All of the new products are currently sampling. Production quantities will be available in the first quarter of 2005.
3. ABI Releases Study of the VoWi-Fi Market; Unveils Broadband Sub Data
ABI Research has released Voice over Wi-Fi, a study that examines the development of this market and provides forecasts for shipments, ASPs, and revenues through 2009.
In a separate announcement, the firm has said that it has established a constantly updated database of broadband subscription data, segmented by technology (WiMAX, VoIP, and FTTH), provider, and region. Filters can be used to sort specific information. The data can also be exported to an Excel spreadsheet file.
5. Arris to Use TI’s Chips for VoIP Enabled Cable Modems
Arris will use Texas Instruments’ silicon and software for its DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS VoIP enabled cable modems. Arris already uses TI’s technology within its other cable modems.
In another announcement, TI stated that it has shipped 2 million lines of VoCable, worldwide, to-date.
7. Octasic Adds Music Protection Feature to Echo Cancellation Technology
Octasic, a fabless semiconductor company, has enhanced its OCT6100 series of echo cancellers by adding software that ensures that both recorded background music heard while on hold and live music heard in the background of conversations are not clipped or incorrectly handled. Utlimately, the software distinguishes between background noise and music.
The music protection feature is currently available.