Designed to enable more cost effective, smaller form factor and lower power networking solutions with 2.5G and 10 gigabit Ethernet connectivity, Microsemi has unveiled the latest member of its SparX-IV Ethernet switch product family, VSC7440 SparX-IV-34. The fully L2/L3 managed Ethernet switch, which provides up to 10 ports supporting a combination of 1G, 2.5G and 10G Ethernet ports, delivers a flexible and feature-rich solution for enterprise networking including small and midsize business (SMB), small and midsize enterprise (SME), and industrial Ethernet applications. “Expanding our flagship SparX-IV Ethernet switch family with the VSC7440 enables Microsemi to increase its opportunities in the low bandwidth, high volume markets by offering the industry a much-needed cost-effective, small port count switch supporting much faster Ethernet rates,” said Larry O’Connell, director of product marketing for Microsemi’s Ethernet Networking Technology (ENT) group. “With up to 10 Gbps data service, customers can build a future-proof platform delivering video, storage and other data-intensive applications for users.” Microsemi’s VSC7440 brings new capabilities to the networking communications market, as current switches of its kind are unable to support more than 1 gigabit Ethernet rate with similar power profile and features. The VSC7440 Ethernet switch integrates VeriTime, Microsemi’s patent-pending distributed timing technology which delivers nanosecond accuracy IEEE 1588V2 time stamping. In addition, the device supports Microsemi’s comprehensive application software suite and programming interface (API) packages, accelerating time-to-market and increasing return on investment for Microsemi customers. The software API package integrates easily with third-party software, enabling a diverse set of applications while preserving existing software investments for customers, says the company. According to market research firm IHS, the total available market (TAM) for fixed Ethernet switches with 1G, 2.5G and 10G ports is expected to grow to more than $14.2 billion per year by 2018. Microsemi’s new VSC7440 device is ideal for serving a number of applications in this expanding market, including multi-service operator (MSO) and telecom/internet service provider networks, next-generation router gateways for residential service, as well as small IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi aggregation switches for small office/ home office (SOHO) and SMB.