Vitesse Introduces HawX Triple-Speed 10/100/1000 Mbps Managed Switches

11/9/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), extending its leadership in Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology, introduced the HawX Series of triple-speed 10/100/1000 Mbps managed switches, including the industry’s first 24-port plus 2-port GbE switch designed to replace inadequate Fast Ethernet (FE) solutions. With these devices, intelligent local area network (LAN) switching solutions can be created that ease the deployment of GbE to the desktop in a cost-effective manner. Now, IT managers can easily replace Fast Ethernet desktop and workgroup switches, providing an instant performance boost that makes real-time multimedia applications such as streaming video, VoIP, and data traffic, a reality.

The first three members of the HawX Series, the 16-port HawX-G16 (VSC7372), 24-port HawX-G24 (VSC7374), and 26- (24+2) port HawX-G26 (VSC7376), are based on Vitesse's sixth-generation switch technology. The devices support quality of service (QoS), network security, and management features to maximize network performance, utilization, and efficiency, providing a solution that can be tailored as network requirements change. With its sophisticated management feature set, the HawX Series can be used for a variety of applications such as fiber to the home, control plane solutions, and workgroup and desktop switches.

Today, one of the most popular switch configurations supports up to 24 users (desktops). This configuration is connected via Fast Ethernet links with two Gigabit Ethernet ports providing connections to servers or the enterprise backbone. The HawX-G26 is the only optimized solution that has been specifically designed to replace existing FE switches with 24+2 GbE ports, providing faster connections to all users in the network, and opening the path to higher performance enterprise networking. When used as a drop-in replacement in existing networks, HawX solves the critical challenge faced by IT administrators of increasing performance while minimizing expenditures.

“The HawX switches are designed with one goal in mind – to proliferate GbE to the desktop without driving up capital expenses,” says Simon Keeton, general manager of the Ethernet Products Division at Vitesse. “With this solution-optimized silicon, system vendors can now provide managed solutions ideally suited for the new wave of broadband applications for the enterprise."

HawX Offers Optimal Balance of Performance, Features, and Value
The HawX Series supports non-blocking L2 wire-speed performance with triple-speed 10/100/1000 Mbps SGMII/SerDes interfaces. General switch features include multi-layer classification, jumbo frame support, link aggregation, flow control, and spanning tree. Key features and benefits for the HawX devices include:

Software Completes Vitesse GbE System Solution
In addition to the features in the HawX devices, system vendors can leverage the extensive suite of software solutions, development tools, and technical support provided by Vitesse to minimize time-to-market. The software API and SDK solutions are compatible to the existing LondonÔ Series of switches and newly introduced SparXÔ Series. Vitesse reference designs, coupled with the API and SDK solutions, enable vendors developing their own hardware and software systems to begin design immediately. For customers wanting even simpler and faster development, turnkey software solutions are available through third-party vendors such as LVL7.

Pricing and Availability
Sampling today, members of the HawX Series are manufactured in mainstream 0.13 micron CMOS technology and come in a 31 mm x 31 mm, 896-ball, thermally enhanced PBGA package. Sample pricing per unit is $114 USD for VSC7372, $171 USD for VSC7374, and $185 USD for VSC7376.

About the Ethernet Products Division
Vitesse is the pre-eminent supplier to OEMs designing tomorrow’s new wave broadband products. With the industry's most far-reaching offering of tightly integrated, ultra-low power Gigabit Ethernet devices, and a staunch commitment to Gigabit Ethernet, the company continues to set the pace of innovation across market sectors.

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

Vitesse is a registered trademark and HawX, SparX and London Series are trademarks in the United States and/or other jurisdictions of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation.

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