Vitesse Endorses Gigabit Ethernet Broadband Switching Devices

11/3/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), pronounced its endorsement of Gigabit Ethernet as the next "new wave" of broadband switching devices for the network and the enterprise. Along with the introduction of the world's first fully integrated 10/100/1000 switch system-on-a-chip, Vitesse has created three specialized architectures optimized for key Gigabit Ethernet applications. With these announcements, Vitesse has effectively overcome entrenched price barriers with unprecedented levels of integration, minimal power consumption, and a host of new features all at a fraction of the cost and space requirements of the closest competitors.

The Ethernet market is undergoing a massive transition triggered by the swift acceptance of Gigabit Ethernet as a standard feature on desktop computers. For applications within the core, Gigabit Ethernet links provide the necessary bandwidth to facilitate the efficient movement of traffic to meet the growing demands of today's networks. At the network edge, where bandwidth may not constitute a bottleneck, Gigabit Ethernet enables important network Quality of Service (QoS) features such as bursting for reduced latency when transferring large data files, and over-speeding for increased robustness of streaming media. Historically, users could not take advantage of these features without the infrastructure to support native Gigabit Ethernet throughout the network.

With the strategic announcement, Vitesse is the only silicon vendor focused exclusively on the Gigabit Ethernet market, making it the premier supplier of the solution to the familiar problem of accommodating ever-increasing demands without inflating capital expenditures. With its new architectures, Vitesse now provides the broadest portfolio of Gigabit Ethernet devices in the industry, ranging from 5- to 48-ports, including a unique 24+2 (10GbE) and 26-port configuration.

"Typically, when there's a technology inflection point of this magnitude, it's accompanied by a shakeup among market players," said Dr. Lou Tomasetta, president and CEO of Vitesse. "We are executing a laser focus on distancing ourselves from the competition with highly cost-effective, ultra-low power consumption Gigabit Ethernet silicon. Our newest product series charges our customers' applications with a bevy of new opportunities to grow their markets because Vitesse is the only supplier not encumbered by a business plan that tries to protect existing 10/100 investments."

SparXTM, HawXTM, and StaXTM: The New Wave of Broadband
SparX: Targeted at Small Office Home Office (SOHO), Small-Medium Business (SMB) desktop switches, and consumer wireless and DSL broadband router applications, the new SparX series delivers the first Gigabit Ethernet switch system-on-a-chip. Designers using SparX in today's applications realize tomorrow's broadband device capabilities, doing away with 10/100 Ethernet and maximizing board space and lowering power consumption (up to 40% less). Additionally, SparX is the only line of Layer 2, fully non-blocking, wire speed devices available in the market today to enable web-managed and lightly managed solutions without the need for an external CPU. Its 5- to 48-port configuration provides built-in application scalability.

HawX: Targeted at intelligent enterprise solutions, the new HawX series of Layer 2 managed switches ranges from 16- to 48-ports and tears down old quality of service (QoS), network security, and simple management barriers by providing integrated intelligence for Layer 2 managed applications such as enterprise network switches and fiber to the home. The HawX family is supported by a complete suite of software development tools that make it easy for developers to implement highly granular and robust QoS. OEMs have the option of fast time-to-market using turnkey hardware and software designs available from Vitesse's extensive third-party partner network, or differentiating their products with enhanced functionality by building on the extensive software foundation provided by Vitesse.

StaX: Targeted at providing solutions for the workgroup, the enterprise, broader telecom applications, and blade servers, the StaX family of devices provides complete triple-speed (10/100/1000) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, managed Layer 2 and Layer 3 devices in stackable form. The StaX series has new, sophisticated high-end features that meet burgeoning enterprise LAN and service provider requirements such as the innovative VStaX(tm), Vitesse's groundbreaking stacking technology. VStaX utilizes industry-standard, high-speed links to enable cost-efficient stacking of devices, providing single points of management and advanced packet handling across multiple switches. Again, the emphasis is on new and unprecedented levels of space saving efficiency at the board level.

"The value proposition that Vitesse provides is a complete and broad turnkey Gigabit Ethernet solution. It includes ready-made development platforms with a menu of software options, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), Software Development Kits (SDKs), and third-party software. This comprehensive approach empowers customers to realize an extremely fast time-to-market while still providing the flexibility for customization at whatever level is desired," said Simon Keeton, general manager of the Ethernet Products Division at Vitesse.

Vitesse announced devices based on the SparX architecture today in a separate release. Additional members of the HawX and StaX families will be introduced in the coming months.

About Vitesse
Vitesse designs, develops, and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, cost-competitive semiconductor solutions for communications and storage networks worldwide. Engineering excellence and dedicated customer service distinguish Vitesse as an industry leader in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Ethernet-over-SONET, Advanced Switching, Fibre Channel, Serial Attached SCSI, Optical Transport, and other applications. Vitesse innovation empowers customers to deliver superior products for Enterprise, Access, Metro, and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at

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