SAN JOSE -- Infineon Technologies Inc. today entered an emerging broadband market with the launch of a new product line aimed at delivering higher-speed bandwidth to apartment buildings, hotels, and offices over existing telephone lines.
Infineon's products are targeted for the so-called multi-tenant unit/multi-dwelling unit (MTU/MDU) broadband market. In total, the MTU/MDU market for services and hardware is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2005, according to Cahners In-Stat Group in Scottsdale, Ariz.
To crack this new market, Munich-based Infineon is rolling out a product line that will enable equipment manufacturers to develop MTU/MDU-enabled switches more rapidly, said Shrikant Sathe, senior vice president of marketing for the LAN Business Unit at Infineon in San Jose. "With this product, you do not need to re-wire or re-provision the building," Sathe said in an interview with SBN.
The company's products include a hardware development platform, chips, and software. These products enable switched bandwidth in a building via a proprietary technology called Ethernet-over-VDSL (very-high-bit-rate DSL).
Infineon refers to its Ethernet-over-VDSL technology as the 10BaseS standard. The 10BaseS protocol is an Ethernet-based, local-area networking (LAN) technology that provides bandwidth in a building at speeds up to 11.25-megabits-per-second.
With an extended Ethernet range of over 4,000 feet, 10BaseS is a simple and cost effective alternative to existing broadband solutions for the MTU/MDU market, added Ilan Bluvstein a senior marketing manager at Infineon.
And unlike other Ethernet solutions, 10BaseS does not require costly Cat 5 cabling, Bluvstein said. It makes use of the existing copper pair, while maintaining full integrity for distances of over 4000 ft., he added.
Infineon's platform includes two key chips. The first chip is based on the company's VDSL transceiver, which is built around a QAM-like modulation scheme.
The second chip, dubbed the AR2224, is a switch-on-a-chip line for developing MTU/MDU-enabled switches. Aimed for 10BaseS, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet networks, the AR2224 also enables the development of systems with 24 Ethernet and Fast Ethernet ports and two Gigabit ports. The chip is bundled with Wind River's Tornado for Managed Switches 2.0 software.
The Munich company's hardware development platform is $5,000 and will be available in June.