SAN FRANCISCO—Aquantia Corp., the Ethernet chip vendor widely expected to file for a public offering later this year, rolled out Tuesday (June 28) its second-generation AQrate 5/2.5 Gigabit NBASE-T PHY said to feature improvements in footprint, performance and architecture over the first generation.
Aquantia (San Jose, Calif.), which owns the market for multi-Gigabit NBASE-T chips, also announced that the first generation of its AQrate NBASE-T PHY devices have shipped more than 1 million units in less than one year since they hit in the market.
Faraj Aalaei, Aquantia's president and CEO, said in an interview with EE Times that Aquantia believes that the milestone is significant. Aalaei added that the NBASE-T Alliance, the group founded by Aquantia to standardize the technology it developed for 5/2.5 Gigabit networking, has now grown to nearly 50 members. Aquantia is still the only vendor shipping products in this space and is about two to three years ahead of competitors in bringing products to market, Aalaei added.
Faraj Aalaei, Aquantia
“Being able to get [the AQrate PHY] into our customers’ hands, put it into production and then ramp and sell a million ports of this thing in its first year of availability we think is a pretty huge milestone,” Aalaei said.
Market research firm Dell’Oro Group estimates that shipments of 5/2.5GBASE-T will reach 86 million ports in 2020 as enterprises, branch offices and SMB class equipment demands speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second.
“That's a very steep curve of adoption,” Aalaei said. “From our perspective, it is really satisfying to see that massive deployment starting to occur.”