Strengthens Leadership in MDU/MTU Market with Ethernet over VDSL Technology
Germany - January 8, 2001 Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX),
one of the worlds leading providers of Communications Integrated Circuits
and a pioneer in the field of VDSL, today announced that the company, together
with 3COM, has been awarded a patent for Ethernet Transport Facility over
DSL technology. The technology, trademarked by Infineon as 10BaseS,
utilizes VDSL modem technology to provide the highest performance copper
access technology currently available for the explosive MDU/MTU market.
Originally, VDSL technology was designed to provide the telephone companies
with a competitive solution in their ongoing challenge with the cable companies
to deliver true broadband services over existing copper infrastructure.
Merrill Lynch cited in its October 2000 report forecasts that the market
for semiconductors used in DSL equipment will grow by 79% through 2004 while
the market for semiconductors used in cable modems will grow by only 29%
through 2004. The newly issued 10BaseS patent covers the transmission of
Ethernet, the most common LAN protocol over VDSL and the highest performance
DSL technology currently available. 10BaseS co-exists with xDSL, ISDN and
Digital PBX systems, allowing system vendors to offer standard, full duplex,
10 Mbits/s Ethernet data transfer in addition to traditional telephone services
over existing copper infrastructure.
10BaseS is best suited for the Multiple Tenant Units (MTU) and Multiple
Dwelling Units (MDU) markets because of its interface simplicity and high
data rate. The patent will strengthen Infineons dominance in this
lucrative market, said Noam Alroy, Infineons Vice President
and General Manager Access 2. Adding 10BaseS to our broadband access
portfolio and our highly integrated LAN switching ICs has enabled us to
offer our customers all the communications building blocks they need for
a cost effective, high performance MTU/MDU solution.
About 10BaseS Technology
The inventors of record are Dr. Peleg Shimon and Dr. Porat Boaz, Chief Scientists
Access 2 at Infineon Technologies and Noam Alroy. Additional inventors include
Rubinstain Avinoam and Sfadya Yackow who held leading positions in 3COMs
Network System Business Unit when the patent application was filed in 1997.
10BaseS is a highly integrated, low-power, Quadrature Amplitude Modulation
(QAM) solution. It utilizes frequency division multiplexing (FDM) to separate
downstream channels from upstream channels as well as to separate both downstream
and upstream channels from POTS signals. Unlike standard Ethernet, it does
not require costly Cat 5 cabling. It makes use of the existing copper infrastructure,
while maintaining full integrity for distances of over 4000 ft.
10BaseS provides glue-less compatibility with RMII, SMII, seven wire and
IEEE 802.3 Ethernet MII interfaces reducing design complexity, cost and
time to market. Configured as a standard Ethernet PHY it can be used in
switch, DSLAM or Network Interface Card (NIC) applications. The chipset
can also be configured as a Media Access Controller (MAC) for standalone
control of Ethernet PHY devices in customer premise equipment applications.
Infineon introduced its 10BaseS chipset last year at the June SuperComm
2000 conference held in Atlanta, Ga. With less than 1.5 W power consumption,
an internal controller, and the underlying robust operation of VDSL the
10BaseS chipset is a highly competitive solution in todays broadband
Pricing and Availability
The 10BaseS chipset is priced at $23 for quantities of 500K. Volume
shipments are available now.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system
solutions for applications in the wired and wireless communications markets,
for security systems and smartcards, for the automotive and industrial sectors,
as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in
the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and
in Japan from Tokyo. In the fiscal year 2000 (ending September), the company
achieved sales of Euro 7.28 billion with about 29,000 employees worldwide.
Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and
on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information
is available at www.infineon.com.
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