SC10, NEW ORLEANS, USA: Aquantia, the leading developer of mainstream 10GBASE-T PHY solutions, and Fulcrum Microsystems, the leading provider of high-performance Ethernet switching silicon, have jointly developed a 48-port 10GBASE-T switch reference design platform to enable the mainstream adoption of high-density Top-of-Rack and End-of-Row switches.
The platform will feature Aquantia’s market leading 40nm quad PHY technology and Fulcrum’s high performance FM6000 switch architecture. The platform will debut in Fulcrum booth 4229 at the SC10 conference, November 15-18, 2010 in New Orleans, LA.
Code-named Amsterdam, the Aquantia-Fulcrum reference platform is based on the industry-leading Fulcrum FocalPoint FM6364 switch and Aquantia quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY chips. The complete single-board reference platform can be used to quickly and exhaustively evaluate the high performance and features of the bundled solution in a test environment or a live datacenter network.
The platform has 48 10GBASE-T ports with high-density integrated 2x4 magnetics. It also features four 40G Ethernet ports for uplinks in the industry-standard QSFP form factor. It is designed in a standard 1U rack-mountable chassis and can be ordered with the Fulcrum software installed and ready to run.
The Amsterdam platform comes at a critical juncture in the industry when density of 10G Ethernet ports in server racks is expected to grow dramatically as 10GBASE-T LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) becomes available in the middle of next year.
The advent of 10GBASE-T in LOM, with typical configurations of 2 ports per 1 RU server, triggers the need for densities of 48 ports or higher in switches deployed in both Top-of-Rack and End-of-Row implementations. The reference platform is targeted at both server and switch OEMs as well as large data center systems managers.