Vitesse Unveils Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switches for SMB, Enterprise

9/24/2003 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: VTSS) announced two Gigabit Ethernet Switches, ElstreeTM (8-port) and StanstedTM (12-port), which marks the completion of the Vitesse Layer 2+ Gigabit Switch Family. Vitesse's entire Gigabit Ethernet Switch product line is in production and being used to convert existing 8-, 12-, 16- and 24-port, 10/100 Local Area Networking (LAN) switch platforms to triple speed (10/100/1000) Gigabit capabilities for faster and more efficient delivery of information to small/medium businesses (SMB) and enterprise desktops.

Vitesse supplies OEMs with Gigabit switches that expand their product portfolios and cost optimize their first generation switch designs with minimal design effort due to the software compatibility between all products within the Vitesse London FamilyTM of Gigabit Ethernet Switches. In turn, corporate network administrators can deploy cost effective Gigabit Ethernet devices and significantly increase productivity by providing their users with peak network performance as well as Gigabit burst capacity that is 10 times faster than current LAN installations.

Market research firm iSuppli forecasts that shipments of Gigabit Ethernet ports in switches and hubs will exceed those for Fast Ethernet ports in 2005, coming in at 70 million vs. nearly 62 million for Fast Ethernet. This implies that Gigabit Ethernet port shipments in switches and hubs will double in each of the next two years. The biggest driver for this rapid growth in Gigabit Ethernet in the network infrastructure is the rapid decline in prices for Gigabit Ethernet interfaces in the PC, which in turn is fueling a demand for higher bandwidth interconnectivity in the LAN and at the edge of the WAN.

To meet the demands of this industry-wide migration, Vitesse has formed Gigabit Ethernet design teams to assist customers in developing their high-speed systems, optimally priced its entire family of Gigabit switches and is delivering products today. This further positions Vitesse as the technology and price leader of fully integrated Gigabit Ethernet Switch ICs.

"Vitesse's complete Layer 2+ Gigabit Ethernet Switch portfolio is in production and provides customers real solutions today," said Jesper Knudsen, marketing director of Vitesse's SMB Gigabit Ethernet Switch ICs. "With our switches priced comparably to Fast Ethernet, and the immediate need for optimized network performance, network administrators are relying on Vitesse Gigabit solutions to increase productivity, enhance reliability, and ensure longevity of their networks."

Elstree and Stansted Features and Pricing
Elstree (VSC7382) and Stansted (VSC7386) include a complete web-managed reference system solution targeted at the SMB and enterprise switch market. The reference platform is cost optimized with only four layers of PC board. Web-LiteTM management is enabled at a significantly lower cost than competing solutions by means of an on-chip Intel compatible 8051 controller. Complete system software, user manuals, and other supporting documentation are provided for rapid design and validation.

Comprehensive network features of Elstree and Stansted include:

Production quantities of Elstree and Stansted are available now. Volume pricing unit cost is $24 for Elstree and $36 for Stansted.

Vitesse's London Family of Gigabit Ethernet Switches
Vitesse's London Family of Gigabit Ethernet switches is designed to yield full Gigabit wire- speed performance at extremely competitive prices. A common architecture provides ease-of-use and reusability of software across the entire family (from 8- to 48-ports). Multi-tier software options range from unmanaged and Web-Lite managed, up to fully managed enterprise class switches. Additionally, all family members utilize industry standard interfaces allowing OEMs to use a broad range of copper as well as fiber PHYs. Elstree and Stansted, 8- and 12-port respectively, join Heathrow (16-port) and Stapleford, the industry's only 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch in production, to complete the Vitesse Layer 2+ Gigabit switch offering.

About Vitesse
Vitesse is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative silicon solutions and optical devices used in the networking, communications, and storage industries worldwide. Vitesse works to specifically address the requirements of system designers and OEMs by providing high-performance, integrated products that are ideally suited for use in Enterprise, Access, Metro and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at

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