Collaboration Among IP, Switch and FPGA Vendors Promotes Further Adoption of 2.5 Gigabit in Data Center and Embedded Access Applications
KARLSFELD, Germany – May 1, 2007 – MoreThanIP GmbH, a leading supplier of networking IP cores, today announced that it is the first third-party intellectual property (IP) vendor to achieve interoperability with the Broadcom® StrataXGS® III BCM56580 2.5 Gigabit switch. This solution expands the ecosystem for 2.5 Gigabit applications and enables designers to rapidly develop high-performance, end-to-end applications for communications systems with Broadcom switches using Altera Stratix II GX FPGAs, structured ASICs or standard cell ASICs.
Unlike 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 2.5 Gigabit provides an easy migration from existing deployed Gigabit infrastructure and backplanes in order to meet the bandwidth requirements of next generation high-speed access networks such as VDSL, GPON, or high-end server applications.
“Our goal was to develop a 2.5 Gigabit solution that is backward compatible with existing standards, but that would be upgradeable to future standards as well,” said Francois Balay, CEO of MorethanIP. “This solution allows designers, with one universal product, to provide a single line card that can be used in legacy, current and future systems.”
“2.5 Gigabit is poised for widespread industry adoption and a proven IP solution for FPGAs and ASICs is essential to optimize time to market and cost,” said John Mui, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Broadcom Enterprise Switching line of business. “We have developed a successful partnership with MorethanIP and we expect our collaboration to benefit customers that use Broadcom’s growing 2.5G product portfolio.”
Including a Multi-Rate MAC and PCS Cores, MorethanIP solution can also be used in multi-rate applications and can support Gigabit Ethernet, 2.5 Gigabit, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet operations. With support for BAM (Broadcom Auto-Negotiation Mode) and IEEE 802.3ap, dynamic backplane speed detection can be implemented which provides unprecedented flexibly, versatility and ease of use.
MorethanIP’s 2.5 Gigabit and Multi-Rate Ethernet MAC and PCS are available today along with evaluation and demonstration packages.
About MoreThanIP GmbH
MorethanIP, founded in 2000, is a world leader in advanced Ethernet communications technology ranging from 10Mbps to 10 Gigabit. MorethanIP offers complete system level solutions including flexible ASSP’s, development boards, software drivers and IP cores. We are headquartered in Germany with affiliates in France and USA. www.morethanip.com.