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New technology brings 10 Gigabit Ethernet closer to mainstream

Quake Technologies, Inc has unveiled the QT2035S, an Integrated Circuit that brings down the cost of 10Gb Ethernet by 75%.

This increases the possibility of having 10Gb Ethernet (GE) LAN going mainstream within the next few years. Gigabit LAN has pushed the traditional 10/100mbps LAN to entry level and has found its way as an integral part of many recent personal computers and servers.

The rapid growth of data-intensive applications and the broad adoption of Gigabit Ethernet have led to a greater demand for 10GE switch ports, uplinks and server connections.

Despite the demand, 10GE still carries a significant price premium over Gigabit Ethernet. SFP+ pluggable optical modules, to which the QT2035S belongs, are increasingly recognized as a technology necessary to bring the cost of 10GE more in line with that of Gigabit Ethernet.

By reducing silicon in the optical modules to a minimum and through economies of scale between Fibre Channel and Ethernet production volumes, the cost of these modules then becomes significantly lower.

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