SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Camarillo, Calif.) unveiled what it claims is the first smart Ethernet switch for mobile access, cloud-services and other business-service delivery with a silicon-solution for tracking usage for carriers. Called the Vitesse Service Aware Architecture, ViSAA is integrated into its Ethernet switching layer silicon to provide a scalable, efficient hardware-based solution for mobile and cloud-based service delivery.
Vitesse Service Aware Architecture (ViSAA) is the only Ethernet switch smart enough to be aware of what services a user is accessing so that carriers can directly track mobile access and cloud-based usage for hierarchical quality of service (H-QoS) operations, administration management (OAM) including physical layer (PHY). SOURCE: Vitesse
"Our service-aware silicon overcomes the speed issues of tracking usage of carrier services with an Ethernet switch," said Uday Mudoi, product marketing director at Vitesse. "Carriers can now easily establish, monitor and monetize Ethernet services for mobile access and cloud services."
According to Vitesse, the Ethernet services market was $30 billion in 2012 and will grow to $48 billion by 2016, prompting carriers to search for hardware solutions to service usage tracking. Many have turned to external hardware components such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and network processing units (NPUs) to solve the problem. However, ViSAA builds the necessary hardware capabilities into its Carrier Ethernet Switch silicon.
Vitesse's Serval-2 Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine (VSC7438) was also announced as its first chip featuring ViSAA. Designed for high-bandwidth IP Edge, Ethernet and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) applications, such as mobile backhaul and cloud access, Vitesse claims its solution can be scaled to multiport gigabit Ethernet without compromising wire-speed performance while delivering an 80-percent power savings over FGPA/NPU solutions. And when combined with Vitesse's Intellisec-enabled physical layer (PHY), the chip also provides the trusted security environment necessary for mission-critical applications, according to the company.