AMCC Extends Switch Chip Family

AMCC is to enable SAN Systems with ATCA-compliant PRS 5G, PRS 20G switch fabrics

May 24, 2004

2 Min Read

SAN DIEGO -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (NASDAQ:AMCC) today announced the latest members of the industry-leading Packet Routing Switch (PRS) multi-purpose switch fabric family. The AMCC PRS 5G and PRS 20G solutions will, for the first time, bring greater granularity and Internet class of service to smaller-capacity systems like remote access devices, enterprise networking equipment, smaller-capacity SAN systems and increasingly popular Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) platforms. An integral part of a complete system solution with AMCC network processors, traffic managers, framers and software tools, the seamless upgrade path of the PRS 5G and PRS 20G to high-performance solutions like the recently announced PRS 80G will enable customers to develop efficient, smaller-capacity systems and easily evolve to larger systems in the future. To facilitate the evaluation and prototyping of complete solutions, reference switch boards featuring the AMCC PRS 5G and PRS 20G, respectively, will be available.

"We've noticed a recent trend of major OEMs focusing on developing truly scalable systems," said Jag Bolaria, analyst with The Linley Group. "As OEMs begin to leverage the same hardware from the low-end to the high-end, AMCC's fabric products such as PRS 5G and PRS 20G should become very attractive."

"AMCC is one of the first companies to deliver multi-service protocol support, granularity and classes of service down to smaller-capacity systems for a 'pay as you grow' solution," said Gilles Garcia, AMCC's director of marketing for switch fabrics. "Equally compelling is that the PRS 5G and PRS 20G devices continue the PRS portfolio's legacy of inherent support for efficient and cost-effective customer-driven evolution paths; it's one of the most popular hallmarks of the PRS family. The compatibility of the PRS 5G and 20G with higher-end solutions like the PRS 80G will provide our customers with control over when and how they choose to evolve to larger systems, and the confidence that their investment can be leveraged long term. Platforms based on the ATCA standard will be able to very easily leverage these new chips for a cost-effective and scalable solution."

AMC Corp.

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