Qualcomm Intros New Switch Family Aimed at SMB MarketQualcomm recently announced that subsidiary Qualcomm Atheros has launched the QCA871x series of high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch solutions, featuring the industry’s first unified wired and wireless switch functionality for small- and medium-business (SMB) customers.
The company also launched the QCA851x series which consists of high port-count wired solutions.
"The new high-performance chipsets are designed to enable simple, automated, end-to-end switch and access point solutions at price points that will help worldwide SMB customers achieve advanced cloud management typically associated with enterprise-class switch solutions," the company said.
Qualcomm said it is the first company to integrate wireless controller functions into the switch silicon. Thus the QCA871x series can process and forward both wired Ethernet 802.3 and Wi-Fi 802.11 packets simultaneously at wire speed. The QCA871x even offers complete Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points Protocol (CAPWAP) support which allows remote access point control and management to enhance network performance and lower maintenance costs.
"The QCA871x also eliminates the need for an external multi-core CPU commonly employed in traditional Wi-Fi Access Controller architectures, replacing it with an integrated, high-performance CPU, thus providing a competitive cost structure to address SMB requirements," the company said.
Both the QCA871x and QCA851x solutions address the typical network management gap seen in most SMS locations – a lack of dedicated IT support for network security functions – by implementing a series of simple-to-use, highly secure features not offered in standard switch offerings. They also feature the industry's only multi-level isolation accelerator so that users can create features like port isolation and private VLANs with a simple select and click matrix.
"Qualcomm Atheros’ QCA871x/QCA851x switch series also offers rich managed Layer 2/Layer 3 (L2/L3) features in an easy to use solution with reduced complexity and cost structure relative to the traditional enterprise switch, thus bringing a high-performance, yet cost-effective solution to the SMB segment," the company said.
For more information about these two new solutions, read the full announcement here. Qualcomm Atheros’ new high port-count Gigabit Ethernet switch series is now sampling to customers and is expected to ship in volume beginning in the first quarter of 2013.
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