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Marvell Introduces Industry’s First 2.5 and 5 Gbps Octal Ethernet Transceiver

Marvell announced the Alaska M 88E2180 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver, an octal multi-Gigabit Ethernet transceiver compatible with both the IEEE 802.3bz standard and the NBASE-T Alliance specification for 2.5 and 5 Gbps operation over CAT5e cables. This IC will enable enterprises to quickly and cost-effectively migrate to multi-Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure.

Modern enterprise campuses are seeing their bandwidth demands increase dramatically, driven by the proliferation of video streaming, the growing need for additional storage and backup, and the continued adoption of cloud-based services. However, many enterprises have installed Ethernet CAT5e cabling typically limited to 1 Gbps. Now, with the Alaska M 88E2180 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver, which can be deployed on existing wired infrastructure, enterprises can benefit from Marvell’s new PHY technology that provides data rates up to 5X compared to traditional offerings.

The Alaska devices, part of a broad range of Marvell’s Ethernet transceiver families, can be coupled with Marvell’s Prestera switch families to provide a comprehensive solution that is enabling the transition to the multi-Gigabit campus environment. Marvell offers its industry-leading Prestera DX switches to complement the Alaska M 88E2180 device, enabling the most efficient high-density design for high port-count enterprise switches. From 8-port smart and managed switches for the small and midsized business (SMB) industry to 24- and 48-port enterprise access switches, the Prestera DX family offers a complete portfolio of 2.5/5 Gbps switch solutions.

For 802.11ac and 802.11ax WLAN access points, Marvell’s ARMADA embedded processors integrated with the latest ARM-based technology can connect to a companion device of the Alaska M 88E2180 transceiver, the Alaska M 88E2110 transceiver, to deliver 2.5/5 Gbps bandwidth, meeting the demand for Wi-Fi network speeds beyond 1 Gbps and the move to 2.5/5GBASE-T.

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