Multi-gigabit Ethernet controllers for enterprise and SMB networks

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The AQtion product line of multi-gigabit Ethernet BASE-T controllers developed by Aquantia support 10,5 and 2.5Gbit speeds in addition to Gigabit Ethernet.

“We are now delivering the last piece of the puzzle in enterprise and SMB networks: the multi-gigabit client connectivity,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president, sales and marketing, Aquantia.

According to the company, Gigabit Ethernet, which has been in the market for more than 15 years, is running out of steam. Applications such as video editing, image rendering, large database transfers, multi-core simulations and Enterprise-class backup relying on data stored in local Network-Attach Storage (NAS) for example, are placing constraints on legacy gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

AQtion is an Enterprise-class client controller technology supporting Multi-Gigabit speeds. The AQtion devices, the AQC107 and the AQC108, support 5 and 2.5Gbit Ethernet over copper, or 2.5/5GBASE-T. The devices are compliant with the NBASE-T specification and the IEEE 802.3bz standard.

In addition, both devices also support backward compatibility with 100MbE and Gigabit Ethernet. The AQC107 has the extra feature of supporting up to 10Gbit Ethernet, or 10GBASE-T, on Cat6A copper cables, complying with the IEEE802.3an.

Both devices are single port and support four speeds:100M/1G/2.5G/5G Ethernet, with the AQC107 also supporting 10G Ethernet.

Client machines adopting Aquantia’s AQtion controllers will be able to connect to an array of Ethernet switches that have already entered the market with multi-gig ports, as well as to the latest generation of WiFi 802.11ac access points.