Marvell announced the launch of its new Alaska X 88X3240P quad-port Ethernet PHY, designed to bring benefits of of IEEE 10GBASE-T standard to equipments ranging from data center and enterprise switches to storage and server equipment.
According to Crehan Research, 10GBASE-T shipments have almost doubled year-over-year, outpacing the growth of all other 10 Gbps Ethernet connections. "Marvell's new 28nm device should further accelerate 10GBASE-T adoption by providing breakthrough power dissipation capabilities in an ultra-small package, positioning the technology for future computing, switching, and storage application deployments," said Seamus Crehan, President of Crehan Research.
The device offers 10Gbps Ethernet connectivity over unshielded twisted-pair copper cabling adhering to structured wiring rules and distances in excess of 100 meters. It offers low power consumption, and comes in an ultra-small 23mm x 23mm package.
Also, it is capable of superior Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) mitigation using common mode sense algorithms that do not rely on expensive so-called "5th channel" magnetics. The single chip monolithic device contains features such as Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), IEEE 1588 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP), and MACsec link security encryption support.
Some other features include dual media support and auto-media detection for plug-and-play connectivity to either copper or fiber media, as well as integrated Marvell Virtual Cable Testing (VCT) technology.