Aug. 13, 2001 – San Jose, CA – inSilicon Corp., a provider of communications technology for complex systems-on-a-chip, has announced the newest addition to its ethernet product family — the Gigabit Ethernet Media Access Controller (GMAC).
The GMAC is targeted for SOC design, and at 1-Gbps operation, itserves the higher bandwidth data transfer requirements of high-speed communication systems, as well as supporting 10- and 100-Mbps operation.
First utilized in high-speed backbone networks, gigabit ethernet is fast being adopted in server provider and desktop market segments for switch and network interface card (NIC) products. Moreover, service providers now require support for Virtual Private Network (VPN) quality of service (QoS) and multi-layer switching protocol (MPLS). Gigabit Ethernet SOC design provides a cost-effective solution to these requirements. Dataquest estimates the Gigabit Ethernet market will grow to $13.8 billion by 2004.