Vitesse Releases Industry's Fastest Quad and Octal Crosspoint Switches

9/9/2004 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS) enhanced its industry leadership position in circuit switch technology with the release of the 11 Gbps, VSC3004 (quad) and VSC3008 (octal) asynchronous switches for high-speed serial backplanes and cable interconnects used in blade server, telecom, and networking equipment. With these devices, Vitesse nearly doubles the capacity of its performance-leading offering of circuit switches. The new devices enable next-generation backplanes to support the exponentially increasing demand for higher bandwidth and faster networking standards.

The VSC3004 and VSC3008 crosspoints are protocol transparent and provide the necessary switching and equalization performance to bring 10 Gbps backplanes to reality. In addition, extending link speed to 11 Gbps provides excess capacity to cover overhead such as robust encoding and encapsulation without sacrificing usable data bandwidth. Both devices feature Vitesse’s industry recognized equalization technology for signal cleanup and enhanced system operating margin.

“The design challenges of reliable and high-integrity 10G backplanes have lead to many different approaches,” said Bob Merritt, vice president, Semico Research Corp. “The Vitesse solution of combining a protocol-transparent crosspoint switch, plus the additional guardband provided by the 11 Gbps throughput and Vitesse's unique equalization technology definitely raises the competitive bar.”

“The VSC3004 and VSC3008 crosspoints allow our customers to implement 10 Gbps backplanes today. This is a necessary tool and an enabling technology needed for migrating to next-generation protocols and standards,” said Juan Garza, product marketing manager for Circuit Switch Products at Vitesse.

The VSC3004 and VSC3008 are priced for high-volume usage and applications. Implementing switches on the ports of a line card, for example, increases reliability, range, and throughput while providing flexibility in routing signals in both distributed and centralized architectures for multicasting, loop back, snooping, and system redundancy. Vitesse Circuit Switch products feature a simple programming interface, reference designs, and an evaluation platform that simplifies designs and accelerates time-to-market.

Availability and Pricing
Sampling today, the VSC3004 and VSC3008 quad and octal signal, 11 Gbps asynchronous switches come in a 69-pin, CBGA package and consume 1W and 2W, respectively. Volume pricing per unit for the VSC3004 is $35 USD and $45 USD for the VSC3008. Volume production is slated for the fourth quarter of 2004.

About Vitesse Circuit Switching Technology
Since the introduction of its first circuit switch product nearly 10 years ago, Vitesse has led development of high-speed serial interconnect to create the most diverse offering of robust and reliable products in the industry. With its unsurpassed equalization technology and proven signal integrity experience, Vitesse continues to advance state-of-art technology and enable its customers to commercialize leading edge products. As the world leader in circuit switch products, Vitesse components are used in a wide array of products from industry-leading OEMs.

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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