Marvell Showcases Comprehensive Suite of Gigabit-Ready Access Platforms for Fiber, Phoneline and Coaxial Cable Networks

Marvell delivers innovative wireline solutions including the first reverse-powered gigabit-class FTTdp reference platform, a new 802.11ac-ready residential gateway and an MDU switch for delivering gigabit over coaxial cables

Santa Clara, California (October 21, 2014) – Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced a comprehensive suite of gigabit-ready access platforms for fiber, phoneline and coaxial cable networks, enabling service providers to address the needs of subscribers who demand gigabit-class broadband services. Marvell will be demonstrating its innovative suite of wireline solutions for the broadband access market including the first reverse-powered gigabit-class FTTdp reference platform, a new 802.11ac-ready residential gateway and an MDU switch for delivering gigabit over coaxial cables further delivering the “Smart Life, Smart Lifestyle,” for global subscribers at Broadband World Forum 2014, being held Tuesday, Oct 21-Thursday, Oct 23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“Service providers around the world have a pressing need to upgrade their networks to address the demands of a new generation of gigabit services. At Marvell, we’re very proud of our ability to meet their needs with truly innovative solutions built around standards-based networking technologies,” said Philip Poulidis, Vice President and General Manager of the IoT and Mobile Business Units at Marvell. “Marvell’s complete portfolio of broadband solutions, including PON,™, 10 GbE switches and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, provide end-to-end solutions for system vendors and facilitate seamless integration with third party partner solutions.”

Marvell at Broadband World Forum

Marvell’s latest industry-leading solutions for the broadband access market will be showcased at Broadband World Forum 2014, being held Oct. 21 – 23, 2014, at the RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands. To see demonstrations and learn more, show attendees and media can visit the Marvell booth, located in Hall 11, Stand B60.

Industry’s first reverse-powered FTTdp reference platform (Kraken)

Marvell announces the™-based “Kraken” platform which provides gigabit data rates over standard phone wires, supporting EPON, GPON and Active Ethernet optical backhaul in collaboration with Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCC). The Kraken reference platform integrates Microsemi’s Reverse Power Feeding (RPF) technology, allowing service providers to remotely power the FTTdp Distribution Point (DP) equipment from the Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) location over a distance of up to 250 meters. RPF is a key technology required by service providers in order to minimize the costs of deploying the next wave of gigabit access networks, by removing the need to install new power-delivery infrastructure for network equipment. The Kraken reference platform integrates Marvell’s Avanta-LP 88F6610 PON SoC, Marvell’s 88LX3142/88LX2718 chipset and Microsemi’s PD81001 RPF PSE and PD70101 RPF PD Chips. The Kraken reference platform, including schematics and board layout, is available now for global OEMs and ODMs.

Modular MDU switch for delivering gigabit broadband services over existing wireline infrastructure

Marvell and ReadyLinks, a leading supplier of broadband integration and communication solutions, will demonstrate a new modular system that combines a high-performance Prestera® Gigabit Switch with Marvell’s award-winning transceivers to deliver gigabit-class broadband services over existing building infrastructure, including coaxial cables and phone-lines. ReadyLinks’ IPC-1840 solution supports both coaxial-type and phoneline-type line-cards, allowing service providers to gradually add 4-port line cards as the number of subscribers increases. Each coaxial port supports up to eight users sharing the same coaxial cable segment. The solution is available today.

802.11ac-ready VDSL2 residential gateway platform

Marvell partners with Metanoia, a leading provider of semiconductor products for the wireline broadband market, to deliver a new Residential Gateway platform that combines Marvell’s 88F6660 Avanta®-LP System-on-Chip (SoC) with Metanoia’s MT-V2311 300 Mbit/s VDSL2 PHY to deliver a flexible, scalable and cost effective solution to the broadband service provider market. Marvell’s 88F6660 Avanta-LP SoC includes a flexible Universal PON MAC, a dual-core Cortex A9 ARM CPU at 1 GHz, an integrated 6-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, a programmable packet processor capable of wire-speed gigabit routing, two PCIe interfaces for Wi-Fi connectivity, USB3 and SATA for high-speed storage management and multiple voice ports. Avanta-LP is designed for seamless integration with Marvell’s advanced Avastar® 802.11ac Wi-Fi transceivers – with options for 4×4, 3×3 and 2×2 MIMO radios, and also with other home networking options such as and ZigBee. Metanoia’s VDSL2 solution offers outstanding performance while meeting key operators’ requirements, such as compliance with the latest ITU-T VDSL2 recommendations, including “vectoring-friendly” operation.

About Marvell

Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions and Kinoma® software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle.” From mobile communications to storage, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud infrastructure, digital entertainment and in-home content delivery, Marvell’s diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world’s most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, private and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience.

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Vitesse and Aquantia Deliver Industry’s First Turnkey 2.5G Ethernet Switch Solution For Enterprise-Class Wi-Fi Connectivity

Ensuring Seamless 802.11ac Performance For Wave 2 WLAN Upgrades

CAMARILLO, Calif. & MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide, and Aquantia, the market leader of high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centers, mobile and Enterprise infrastructure, announced the industry’s first and only turnkey 2.5G Ethernet switch solution, reference design and software integration to accelerate Wave 2 802.11ac network deployments over existing Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructure.

Wave 2 802.11ac drives access point backhaul bandwidth above 1G, compelling Enterprises to find ways to enable multi-Gigabit bandwidth over existing network cabling. While using 10G uplinks is a possibility, it requires Enterprises to install a new cabling infrastructure. With the new turnkey 2.5G Vitesse-Aquantia solution, Enterprises can cost-effectively and quickly provision 802.11ac Gigabit capabilities within their existing networks. The joint solution is based on Vitesse’s latest generation SparX-IV™ Enterprise Ethernet switch family, SMBStaX™ protocol stack and Aquantia’s recently announced AQRate® 2.5G and 5G Ethernet PHY devices.

According to industry analysts, 802.11ac shows a much faster industry uptake versus the prior generation of WLAN access technologies. ABI Research predicts that by the end of 2014, worldwide access points will exceed 176 million, with 802.11ac comprising 18%. 802.11ac upgrades, especially Wave 2, will require additional Ethernet switch bandwidth beyond what Gigabit Ethernet technology can support.

“Vitesse’s SparX-IV Enterprise Ethernet switches complement our recently unveiled AQrate products, and our AQR405 high-density quad-port in particular,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president of sales and marketing at Aquantia. “This turnkey solution is a key piece of the 802.11ac ecosystem. We anticipate a fast adoption of the 2.5G rate in Enterprise and mobile infrastructure by OEMs and ODMs.”

“The industry needs a turnkey 2.5G solution like this to catalyze massive and fairly immediate Enterprise bandwidth network upgrades over legacy cabling,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “The joint Vitesse-Aquantia solution addresses a significant market gap between today’s Gigabit and 10G options, delivering major capex and opex advantages to Enterprises coping with burgeoning wireless traffic network demands.”

About Aquantia

Aquantia is the leader in high-speed connectivity solutions for data centers, enterprise and mobile applications. As the number one supplier of 10GBASE-T PHYs in data centers, Aquantia has been consistently the first in the industry to deliver the technology in all process nodes and all port configurations, including the world’s first and only 10GBASE-T MAC/PHY device for servers. Aquantia’s ability to turn technological leadership into business success is evidenced by the fact that it has shipped more 10GBASE-T ports than all its competitors combined in the data centers. Aquantia is further expanding its leadership into the enterprise and mobile market segments with its flagship AQrate product line. Located in Silicon Valley, Aquantia is a venture-backed company, with strong tier-1 VCs and strategic investor support. For more information, visit

About Vitesse

Vitesse (Nasdaq: VTSS) designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductor solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and IoT networks worldwide. Vitesse products enable the fastest-growing network infrastructure markets including Mobile Access/IP Edge, Cloud Computing, SMB/SME Enterprise and IoT Networking. Visit or follow us on Twitter @VitesseSemi.

Vitesse is a registered trademark of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders.


Aquatia Contact:
Calysto Communications
Tom Murphy, +1.831.402.4142
Vitesse Contact:
Vitesse Semiconductor
Michelle Lozada, +1.805.388.3700
Vitesse Contact (China):
Beijing New Synergy Consulting
Sharon Hu, +86 10 88144519/20 x 808

Source: Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation

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