Evaluating and Comparing the Latest Ethernet Switches and PHY Chips
The Ethernet market is marked by technology transitions, which often result in large shifts in vendor share. In Ethernet switches, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) shipments are growing rapidly, with Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, and Mellanox competing to win market share. These vendors are adding more features, increasing port counts, and reducing power dissipation. Broadcom and Marvell are also the leaders for Gigabit Ethernet switch chips. As the 10GbE market moves into a new phase of growth, optical PHY vendors are consolidating and the 10GBase-T leaders are beginning to emerge.
With the adoption of 10GbE in servers within the data center, it is necessary to have aggregation switches that support higher data rates. The 40GbE and 100GbE standards are in the initial adoption phase in the data center as well as in carrier applications. The leading vendors are already shipping switch and PHY products that support 40GbE and 100GbE, and five vendors have introduced 100GbE gearbox PHYs.
Ethernet is the interconnect of choice in the LAN and data centers, while service providers are still migrating from circuit switched networks to Carrier Ethernet for access and aggregation. Due to the varied demands of access, aggregation, and transport designs, vendors such as Broadcom, Centec, Marvell, and Vitesse have introduced a variety of switch chips tailored to specific segments.
The large size of the Ethernet switch and PHY market continues to keep it a competitive environment. "A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips" breaks this market into several key segments:
GbE switch chips for enterprise
10GbE/40GbE switch chips
10GbE PHYs for copper (10GBase-T)
10GbE/40GbE optical transceivers
100GbE gearbox PHYs and 25Gbps retimers
Unlike typical market research, this report provides technology analysis and head-to-head product comparisons. Which chips will win designs and why? How will these vendors be positioned as GbE, 10GbE, and 100GbE continue to grow? Only The Linley Group's unique technology analysis can provide this forward-looking view.
We Sort Out the Technology and the Key Vendors
"A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips" begins with an extensive overview of this growing market. The report provides tutorials that help you decipher the myriad of acronyms and Ethernet standards. We explore the target markets and applications for Ethernet silicon, followed by an explanation of the common attributes of these products.
Following these introductory chapters, the report delivers a complete chapter on four major vendors: Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, and Vitesse. Each major-vendor chapter includes company background information, full details of announced products, a discussion of the vendor's roadmap, and our conclusions about the vendor and its products. Then, for each product segment, we include a chapter covering other vendors and a chapter comparing the products in the segment.
Product-segment chapters include coverage of switch chips and PHY chips. We cover switch chips from Centec and Mellanox, while we provide brief coverage of stealth-mode startups. For the physical layer, we focus on 10Gbps Ethernet-copper-chips, 40GbE optical PHYs, and 100Gbps gearbox PHYs and retimers. Covered PHY vendors include AppliedMicro, Aquantia, Avago, Cortina, Inphi, MoSys, and Semtech. Finally, we offer our outlook for the leading vendors in each segment and for the overall market.
Make Informed Decisions
As the leading vendor of technology analysis for networking silicon, The Linley Group has the expertise to deliver a comprehensive look at the full range of chips designed for GbE/10GbE/40GbE/100GbE applications. Principal analyst Bob Wheeler and senior analyst Loring Wirbel use their broad experience to deliver the deep technical analysis and strategic information you need to make informed business decisions.
Whether you are looking for the right Ethernet chip for your application or seeking to partner with or invest in a chip vendor, this report will cut your research time and save you money. Make the intelligent decision, order "A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips" today.
This report is written for:
- Engineers designing Ethernet switch products or systems that embed an Ethernet switch or PHY
- Marketing and engineering staff at companies that sell related chips who need more information on Ethernet chips
- Technology professionals who wish an introduction to Ethernet chips
- Financial analysts who desire a detailed analysis and comparison of GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE semiconductor companies and their chances of success
- Press and public-relations professionals who need to get up to speed on this technology
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