Dell EMC Networking’s first Open Networking Multi-Gig switches offer superior performance, flexibility and investment protection
San Jose, Calif., Jan 10, 2017 – Aquantia Corp., pioneer and market leader in high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions for data centers and enterprise infrastructure, today announced that Dell EMC Networking has selected the company’s industry leading multi-Gig AQrate® PHY products for its new N-Series family of Open Networking campus switches.
The digital workplace places crushing capacity demands on campus networks. The latest generation IEEE 802.11ac WiFi Access Points (APs) can drive a total throughput up to 5Gbit/s of data for wired transport between the APs and the wiring closet switches. However, more than 90% of the installed cables within today’s enterprise and campus environments use legacy twisted-pair copper cables, such as Cat5e and Cat6, only designed for 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). Replacing the existing cables in the walls and ceilings is highly disruptive and expensive.
Foreseeing this wired infrastructure bottleneck, Aquantia developed AQrate to deliver up to 5Gbit/s throughput over 100m of Cat5e/Cat6 cables. Aquantia and major industry players co-founded the NBASE-T Alliance to further develop and promote the technology. In September 2016, this multi-Gig technology was formally approved as the IEEE 802.3bz standard. Aquantia’s AQrate product line – with single, dual and quad-port configurations – is the only PHY technology in mass production today enabling network scaling to both 5 and 2.5GbE on Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructure.
“Digital transformation and the increasing reliance on wireless networks creates a real need for next-generation network infrastructure,” said Jeffrey Baher, senior director, Product and Technical Marketing, Dell Networking. “Working with Aquantia, our goal is to help customers future proof investments by implementing higher-speed 2.5 and 5G multi-gig switch solutions with greater capabilities and confidence.”
“Aquantia is honored to have the opportunity to work with Dell EMC and its new N-Series family of Open Networking campus switches,” said Faraj Aalaei, Chairman and CEO of Aquantia. “By combining our AQrate technology with Dell EMC’s Open Networking systems, we can help unlock unmatched choice and capability when it comes to end-user and campus networks. This design win is another example of Aquantia’s traction in the rapidly expanding enterprise market, which further solidifies our position as a leading supplier of high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions.”
Aquantia’s 2nd generation AQrate products are now in mass production. They are current deployed in Tier-1 networking OEM products such as Wave 2 802.11ac WiFi APs and Enterprise-class Ethernet switches. The Dell EMC Networking N3132PX-ON will be available in North America beginning January 12th, and globally on January 27th. The N2128PX-ON is expected to become available in the Spring of 2017.
Aquantia is a leading developer, and global supplier of high-speed semiconductor connectivity solutions. Backed by more than a decade of technology leadership and execution, Aquantia’s market leading product portfolio enables the world’s most innovative computing, data center and enterprise infrastructure applications. Aquantia addresses ever-changing market needs by providing an extensive portfolio, based on architectural innovations that deliver high performance, low power consumption, high density and high-quality silicon solutions to its customers. Aquantia is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif., with strong venture capital and strategic investors. For more information, visit www.aquantia.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Aquantia including, among other things, the extent to which its products provide technological advantages and will be accepted by the market. Forward-looking statements herein are based on current beliefs, assumptions, and expectations, speak only as of the date hereof and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, without limitation, technological and business developments in the data center and Ethernet enterprise markets for ICs.