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Boost data center bandwidth by 5x over Cat 5e and 6 cabling. Ask your doctor if Aquantia’s AQrate is right for you

by Xilinx Employee on ‎10-07-2014 08:02 AM (64,011 Views)

Aquantia’s newly announced AQrate technology—as embodied in the company’s AQR405, AQR205, and AQR105 Quad/Dual/Single AQrate PHYs—can instantly boost cabling infrastructure bandwidth by 5x by transforming existing cable infrastructure based on Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling into fully functional 5Gbps networks. Essentially, you unplug all of those 1Gbps Ethernet line cards, replace them with 5Gbps line cards, and your data center now runs 5x faster. No cable changes. No forklift upgrades. Nada.


Aquantia’s AQrate PHY technology drives 5Gbps over 100m of existing Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling. That’s truly a big deal.



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5G Ethernet isn’t an IEEE standard and you’re not going to find off-the-shelf Ethernet ASSPs to drive Aquantia’s ingenious new AQrate PHY chips at that data rate. Ah, but Xilinx All Programmable devices and IP portfolio already support Aquantia’s AQrate technology, even though it was announced yesterday. Xilinx has been collaborating with Aquantia in preparation for this week’s announcements.


Note: Aquantia is an investment portfolio company of Xilinx Technology Ventures—the investment arm of Xilinx, Inc.