Vitesse Simplifies Development of Intelligent Gigabit Ethernet Switches

11/9/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), continuing its focused mission to proliferate Gigabit Ethernet, announced plans to simplify the development effort of managed Gigabit Ethernet LAN switches for its customers. In conjunction with the recently announced HawXTM and StaXTM Series of switches, designed to boost the performance of existing enterprise networks, Vitesse is working with LVL7 Systems, a provider of production-ready networking software for Layer 2, 3, and 4 Ethernet products, to provide a comprehensive, turnkey software solution.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), and Contract Manufacturers (CMs) want turnkey solutions to accelerate time-to-market in a cost-effective manner. With the combination of Vitesse’s hardware reference systems and LVL7’s software solutions, customers can go from concept to volume production shipments in a matter of weeks with minimal development risk.

Vitesse’s HawX and StaX devices provide intelligent enterprise solutions targeted for desktop and workgroup applications, as well as blade servers and broader telecom applications. Both product families provide a well-balanced combination of performance, features, and value. In addition, system vendors can leverage the extensive suite of software solutions, development tools, and technical support provided by Vitesse to accelerate development.

“LVL7 is pleased to extend our Alliance Program into Vitesse’s new Gigabit Ethernet switching silicon families. By integrating FASTPATH software with Vitesse hardware platforms and APIs, manufacturers get a thoroughly-tested solution that jumpstarts the development process and delivers a competitive time-to-market advantage for introducing advanced products,” said Dave King, LVL7 vice president of marketing and strategy.

LVL7’s FASTPATH software is a fully integrated, production-ready product platform offering advanced networking features for building enterprise, telecom metro and access, and wireless Ethernet systems. LVL7 offers turnkey services for customers, including customization, feature development, management branding, and execution through product deployment.

“The transition is underway in the Ethernet market with the rapid adoption and deployment of Gigabit Ethernet switching solutions. With the addition of LVL7’s FASTPATH software suite, our customers will have all the necessary tools and infrastructure to quickly build and deploy managed Gigabit Ethernet solutions,” said Simon Keeton, general manager of the Ethernet Products Division at Vitesse.

Vitesse’s Intelligent Switching Solutions

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 LAN switches and fiber to the home.
Targeted at providing solutions for the workgroup, the enterprise, broader telecom applications, and blade servers, the StaX Series provides complete triple-speed (10/100/1000) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, managed Layer 2 and Layer 3 devices in stackable form.

FASTPATH is a modular, scalable software architecture that offers the networking features and protocols manufacturers need to rapidly introduce Ethernet products. With software modules for switching, routing, quality of service, management, multicast, and BGP-4, FASTPATH software supports enterprise and service provider applications in fixed, stackable, and chassis configurations.

About the Gigabit 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 LVL7 Systems
LVL7 Systems, Inc. creates production-ready networking software that enables communication system manufacturers to reduce development costs and deliver IP/Ethernet products to market faster. Integrated with the industry’s leading silicon and embedded operating systems, the company’s FASTPATH® software portfolio spans the enterprise, access, metro, and wireless marketplaces. LVL7 is a privately held company located near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, visit

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 and StaX are trademarks in the United States and/or other jurisdictions of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation.

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