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Switch puts wireless controller into GbE chipset

Posted: 14 Dec 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gigabit Ethernet  switch  controller  network 

Qualcomm Atheros Inc. unveils the QCA871x series of high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch solutions and the QCA851x series of high port-count wired solutions. The chipsets are designed to enable simple, automated, end-to-end switch and access point solutions at price points that will help worldwide small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to achieve advanced cloud management.

The QCA871x series integrates wireless controller functions into the switch silicon, enabling the solution to process and forward both wired Ethernet 802.3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 packets simultaneously at wire speed. It has Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points Protocol (CAPWAP) support to allow remote access point control and management. This is expected to enhance network performance and lower maintenance costs. The QCA871x also does away with the need for an external multi-core CPU commonly employed in traditional Wi-Fi Access Controller architectures, replacing it with an integrated, high-performance CPU, thus providing a competitive cost structure to address SMB requirements.

In addition to native DOS prevention technologies and multi-stage ACL engine, the QCA871x and QCA851x contain a multi-level isolation accelerator, allowing users to create features such as port isolation and private VLANs with a simple select and click matrix.

Qualcomm Atheros' QCA871x/QCA851x switch series also offers rich managed Layer 2/Layer 3 (L2/L3) features in an easy to use solution with reduced complexity and cost structure relative to the traditional enterprise switch, thus bringing a high-performance, yet cost-effective solution to the SMB segment.

To meet the harsh environmental and power challenges such as those found in emerging countries, the new switch series features Qualcomm Atheros' patent-pending surge protection and advanced anti-electrostatic discharge (anti-ESD) technologies. These enhancements lower total cost of ownership by reducing potential surge and ESD damage at manufacturing lines and in the field.

Qualcomm Atheros' new high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch series is now sampling to customers and is expected to ship in volume beginning in the first quarter of 2013.

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