Fulcrum Microsystems and Teranetics today announced the availability of
a new 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch that packs 24 ports into a 1U chassis.
This new reference design, named Monte Carlo, offers 20 10GBase-T ports
and four SFP+ ports, giving networking OEMs a market-ready solution that
combines high density and performance with the cost advantage of
10GBase-T over standard copper infrastructure.
Monte Carlo leverages the combination of Fulcrum’s ultra low-latency
FocalPoint FM4224 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch chip with Teranetics’
dual-port, triple-rate TN2022 10GBase-T physical layer device, which
leads the industry in density and offers latency four to five times
lower than that of legacy copper Gigabit Ethernet solutions.
“As enterprise data centers continue to demand increased bandwidth for
multimedia applications, the new Monte Carlo platform addresses those
needs by offering an efficient method for aggregating bandwidth over the
existing enterprise cabling infrastructure,” said Gary Lee, director of
product marketing for Fulcrum Microsystems. “Our collaboration with
Teranetics has produced a reference design that is tailored to data
centers and enterprise infrastructures where the primary concern is
“10GBASE-T is quickly emerging as the physical medium of choice for 10
Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, because of its ease of use and cost
effectiveness,” said Kamal Dalmia, vice president of product marketing
at Teranetics. “Partnering with Fulcrum has allowed us to produce the
optimum reference design solution for the OEMs and accelerate the
adoption of base-T.”
The FocalPoint FM4224 features 24 XAUI ports, utilizing a high
performance, low latency Ethernet switch architecture that includes
comprehensive Layer 3 functionality along with advanced classification,
congestion management and system management capabilities. These switches
contain all the features necessary to enable Ethernet as the single,
converged data center fabric, transporting and preserving
inter-processor, storage and networking traffic.
Teranetics TN2022 is the company’s second-generation PHY, based on 65 nm
process technology. TN2022 consumes only 5.7 watts per port and is the
only dual-port 10GBASE-T PHY shipping in high volume today. The device
features multi-rate capabilities, which allow auto-negotiation with
existing RJ-45 ports running at 1 Gigabit or 100 Megabits per second. In
addition, it provides enhanced cable monitoring and diagnostics
capabilities which help OEMs lower the cost of field support.
The Monte Carlo platform is available now to OEMs at a price of $900 per
About Fulcrum Microsystems
Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that has
developed the FocalPoint family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE)
switch/router chips for next-generation data center fabric designs.
FocalPoint devices offer the industrys lowest latency combined with the
fine-grained flow control and high throughput required for converged
data center fabrics. With its ControlPoint network OS, Fulcrum offers a
complete solution along with a worldwide ecosystem of partners from
which storage and clustering system designers can drive adoption of 10GE
as the fabric of choice for a fully converged data center. More
information can be found at www.fulcrummicro.com.
FocalPoint, TestPoint, VantagePoint and ControlPoint are marks of
All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.
Teranetics is a leading provider of silicon solutions that enable
significantly higher data rates over structured copper cabling than are
currently available in today’s Ethernet network environments. Led by a
team with exceptional expertise and experience in the development and
application of mixed-signal semiconductor solutions and digital
communication technologies, Teranetics is the first company to ship a
production-ready 10GBASE-T semiconductor designed for next generation
network applications. Teranetics is backed by a strong consortium of
venture investors with in-depth experience and success in the
semiconductor and data networking markets. For more information, go to www.teranetics.com
Source: Business Wire