Aquantia Announces Market Expansion with Breakthrough
Second Generation Multi-Gigabit Campus Technology

News Highlights:

  • Second generation AQrate device delivers the industry’s smallest footprint 5/2.5Gigabit NBASE-T technology
  • Provides cost-effective, robust connectivity for rapid expansion into broader markets such as Small and Medium-sized Business (SMB) and campus environments
  • Deploys industry’s most proven multi-Gigabit NBASE-T silicon to NETGEAR for use in high-volume campus products

San Jose, Calif., June 28, 2016 Aquantia Corp ., a leader in the design, development and marketing of advanced high-speed communications ICs for data center and enterprise Ethernet markets, today announced its second-generation AQrate product line with breakthrough footprint and performance improvements that expand the market for multi-Gigabit NBASE-T Ethernet switches and WLAN equipment.

Aquantia already leads the industry in NBASE-T design experience, having deployed six generations of 10Gigabit and Multi-Gigabit BASE-T products across multiple process nodes. Over the past two years, Aquantia has leveraged this experience to develop the second-generation AQrate devices, which feature the industry’s smallest footprint and highest level of functionality.

In addition, as of this announcement, Aquantia is still the only supplier of 5/2.5 Gigabit NBASE-T PHY shipping in production in a broad range of top-tier Enterprise switching and Access Point (AP) products.

Aquantia’s 1st generation AQrate product line, sampled in 2013 and released to production in 2014, achieved design wins with Tier 1 networking OEMs, who have already deployed several Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi APs and Enterprise-class Ethernet switches.

Aquantia’s breakthrough 2nd generation of AQrate products are poised to expand on this Tier 1 market success by enabling broader adoption of NBASE-T technology into the rapidly expanding Small and Medium-sized Business (SMB) and campus environments, including healthcare, industrial and education sectors. In the education sector as an example, the federal E-Rate initiative will connect within five years 99 percent of America’s students to the digital age through next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless connectivity in schools and libraries.

Today, we live in a wonderful age where access points serve as the entryway to accessing data in all its forms from the cloud. An access point can now enable collaboration with teams across the globe as well as provide entertainment through streaming of media from distant servers. In many environments, access points are strained to keep up with this high output of user demand,” said Richard Jonker ‎vice president SMB Product Line Management for NETGEAR. “Aquantia’s AQrate products directly respond to this demand by opening the pipeline to greater bandwidth in a cost-effective manner with a footprint suitable for large-scale deployment. We are excited to collaborate with Aquantia who offers the most mature 5G/2.5G silicon in the industry for our high volume products.

The market for 5 and 2.5GBASE-T is expected to expand rapidly, as evidenced by industry-leading system OEMs developing enterprise-class Wi-Fi APs and switching products in support of these emerging speeds. Dell’Oro Group projects that the industry’s shipment of 5/2.5GBASE-T will reach 86 million ports in 2020.

“Aquantia’s second-generation AQrate products leap ahead of competitors that have yet to announce production availability of their first generation silicon,” says Kamal Dalmia, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aquantia. “Since sampling our first generation AQrate products in 2013, we have focused on creating new opportunities for our customers. Our 2nd generation innovations deliver on this commitment. We are honored that Netgear and others are deploying our 5/2.5G NBASE-Tsilicon in switching and WiFi AP products expanding the market into SMB and beyond.”

AQrate 28nm Product Family Available Today:

Quad-port configuration – AQR407, AQR408, and AQR409 are pin-compatible 5-, 4- and 3-speed quad-port PHYs housed in a 19mm x 19mm flip-chip BGA package enabling efficient high-density design for high-port-count and compact switches across a range of speed requirements.

Single-port configuration – The AQR107, AQR108, and AQR109 are pin-compatible 5-, 4- and 3-speed single-port PHYs in compact 7mm x 11mm flip-chip BGA packages addressing multiplenetwork connectivity applications and speed requirements. They operate over both Extended (0oC to +108oC) and Industrial (-40 oC to +108oC) temperature ranges.

The AQrate second generation of silicon features the smallest quad-port (19mm x 19mm) and smallest single-port (7mm x 11mm) Multi-Gigabit BASE-T devices in the industry. In addition, they also support up to 10Gigabit BASE-T. In comparison, quad-port and single-port devices from the competition are roughly 50% larger, leading to inefficient board designs and higher implementation costs.

As part of its feature set, these new-generation devices also support the IEEE MAC-layer security protocol, called MACSec, a key requirement for some Enterprise-class Ethernet switches. It also boasts the IEEE feature called 1588 v.2, an emerging requirement in some applications exploiting time-stamp functionalities.

In Enterprise deployments where access to power outlets can be challenging or costly, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) is a welcome feature. AQrate products support all PoE standards up to 60W. Similarly, as multi-Gigabit Ethernet expands beyond traditional enterprise-type of products and into SMB and industrial, the operating temperature range becomes more varied. Aquantia’s second-generation single-port line of products supports industrial temperature ranges from -40°C to +108°C.


Aquantia’s 2nd generation AQrate products first sampled in 2015, and are expected to be in production this summer.

About Aquantia

Aquantia is a leading semiconductor developer and global supplier of high-speed connectivity solutions for data centers and enterprise applications. The transition to 10Gigabit and multigigabit Ethernet in these markets is currently underway, driven by the ongoing migration of data to the cloud and the proliferation of mobile devices. Aquantia’s market leading 10GBASE-T PHYs for data centers and AQrate 2.5 and 5GBASE-T PHYs for enterprise, are based on architectural innovations that deliver high performance, low power consumption, high density and high-quality silicon solutions to our customers. Aquantiais headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with strong venture capital and strategic investors. For more information, visit and follow @10GEinsights on Twitter.

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