Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation has expanded on its Serval Carrier Ethernet switch engine list with the release of the six-port Serval Lite (VSC7416). This solution from the advanced IC solutions provider for Carrier and Enterprise networks integrates the Vitesse’s IEEE (News - Alert) 1588 Veritime technology that already has an established reputation in the market.
With market analysts projecting an estimate of 64.2 million small cell base stations by the year 2016 and a growth of microwave small cell backhaul equipment market bound to grow by $6.4 billion, carriers are on the move to increase their 3G/4G/LTE (News - Alert) coverage and capacity .
The deployment of high quality networks to small cells ensures that carries harness the ever-increasing potential in the mobile device industry. According to a principal analyst at Infonetics Research, Michael Howard (News - Alert), the mass requirements might actually pose a challenge to small cell backhaul.
To counter this, Vitesse has developed new options for 3G/4G/LTE small cells in its latest Ethernet-optimized Serval device that uses innovative packet timing technology. This helps in the bridging of the gap created by competition from networking and connectivity requirements and those arising from size, power and cost constrains of small devices.
Using Serval Lite leads to cost and power-efficient deployments of small cell-based stations that link back to an all-IP backbone making Vitesse VeriTime solutions a real deal. The solution is well suited for OEMs looking to cut down on power usage on small form factors for out-of-the-door deployments.
Breaking down to detailed highlights on the Serval family solution, we find that the innovation features a nanosecond accurate IEEE 1588v2 timing technology capable of meeting LTE and LT- advanced network needs and support for multi-operator OAM&P and Service Level Agreement for Ethernet management, a factor that enables RAN sharing and third party backhaul ownership.
In addition to this, the solution also features Hierarchical QoS(H-QoS) support necessary for complex delivery of traffic carrying heavy media content and integrated MIPS processors to support advanced protocol support without having to dedicate a CPU on the motherboard hence cutting down on overall BOM cost. All this apparently comes in a power efficient pack that dissipates under 1.5W making it ideal for compact applications that need to use Power over Ethernet solution.
Edited by Rich Steeves