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September 11, 2014

Vitesse Helps Enterprises Ready for 802.11ac

The version of Wi-Fi known as 802.11ac may be a little overdue, but it’s uptake is expected to be rapid, due in part to the fact that it will be at cost parity with what’s out there now by mid 2015. So companies that want to play in this space will want to jump through the window of opportunity quickly.

To enable them to do so, Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. this week unveiled the SparX-IV 2.5G reference design, which includes a reference system, SDK, the Vitesse IC, and a 2.5G PHY. RubyTech is an OEM that delivers this, branded under the name of the customer’s choice.

“2.5G is really about giving enterprises flexibility and finding the easiest and most cost-effective way to connect the new .11ac access points within current infrastructures using Cat5 cable,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director for Vitesse. “Access equipment with 10G uplinks is a clear cost and power overkill. Vitesse and RubyTech’s joint 2.5G reference design provides enterprises [with] a painless migration path to fully benefit from .11ac’s gigabit speeds, while avoiding a complete network upgrade.”

O’Connell tells MobilityTechzone: “We are the first to market with a reference design for this, and it’s optimized.”

A typical Wi-Fi network has 8 to 24 access points aggregated, he adds, and most companies want to keep it that way. With this solution, they can, he says, adding that 2.5G PHY is the best way to aggregate 1gig.

Also this week, Vitesse was showing its mobile backhaul solutions for the carrier market and discussing its support for MPLS-TP. The company recently revealed that it’s supplying the silicon for Vubiq Networks’ mobile backhaul solution, and for Tailyn’s network interface devices.

In an interview with MobilityTechzone earlier this year, Uday Mudoi, vice president of marketing at Vitesse, said that the 30-year-old company got its start in the SONET space, then expanded into Ethernet and beyond. The company is a smaller competitor to Broadcom and Marvell, Mudoi said, but it’s a consistent innovator, and as a result wins a good share of business. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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