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May 15th, 2016

New Ethernet Transceivers Provide a Lower Cost Solution for Higher Data Rates over Cat5e Cables

By Ron Cates, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Networking Business Unit

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The first commercially available Ethernet Transceivers, the Alaska® 882010/40 family is fully optimized for 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps data rates over Cat5e cables. Offering a small form factor and low-power dissipation, these devices are excellent options for the most common types of installed Cat5e Ethernet cabling for applications such as 802.11 ac Access Point uplinks, switches, servers, workstations and high-end PCs that require high-speed connectivity.

Marvell’s advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology makes possible the repurposing of existing low-cost Cat5e Ethernet cables for data rates as high as 5Gbps, saving the cost of rewiring. The Alaska 88E2010/40 transceivers may also be kitted with Marvell’s broad range of switches that support 4 to 48 NBASE ports, providing a seamless system solution. The devices support Category 6, 6a, and 7 type cables as well and support a variety of host interfaces. In addition, the Alaska transceiver family features full backward compatibility with lower speed legacy Ethernet on the line side. Other features include the incorporation of Marvell’s advanced Virtual Cable Tester® technology for cable fault detections and proactive cable performance monitoring, and compliance with the emerging IEEE802.3bz standard and the NBASE-T Alliance specification for 2.5Gbps and 5Gpbs data rates over Cat5e cables. In addition, these Ethernet transceivers support 100G-LR4 and SR4 optics, as well as enterprise switches with 2.5G/5G capabilities.

The Alaska 88E2010/40 transceivers extend the Alaska product suite and offer many additional features and benefits for important applications that utilize Ethernet cabling.

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