Quellan's X-Ten Technology Extends Data Center Reach for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Links


Lane Manager Chips Yield Cable Module That Breaks 50 Meter Data Center Barrier

LOS ANGELES, April 20 -- Quellan, Inc., a leading supplier of Analog semiconductors, today announced it has achieved a 200% Reach Extension for the burgeoning 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standard -- a breakthrough for Data Centers.

At the Server Blade Summit, the company demonstrated dual-core Opteron servers populated with 10 gigabit Chelsio T210-CX Protocol Engines communicating error-free across a 50 meter Gore cable link. The Company also pre-announced the second generation of this technology will reach beyond 65 meters in the third quarter of this year.

The X-Ten Module is approximately the size of a matchbox and incorporates the Company's LM4602 Lane Manager embedded between two CX-4 Connectors. The module consumes just 240mW when active and can be powered by battery, USB Cable, or an external AC transformer. The LM4602 devices can also be integrated into network adapters, servers or cable connectors.

The reach extension is made possible by compensating for channel noise, attenuation and impairments with the company's Collaborative Signal Processing architecture. The resulting LM4602 device is extremely low power and measures just 7 x 4mm.

"Clearly, data center links are reach limited at these high data rates," said Joel Goergen, Vice President of Technology at Force 10 Networks, a pioneer of high performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch routers. "Extending these links with low power embedded silicon is extremely valuable and will accelerate 10 gigabit Copper deployments."

The burgeoning market for 10G Ethernet is expected to hit 10 million units in 2010 according to the Dell'Oro group, with almost 50 percent of these links being over Copper. With over 70 percent of the enterprise and data center links reaching 50 meters, there is a significant opportunity for the X-Ten technology.

"While our Lane Managers serve a broad range of applications, extending 10 gigabit Ethernet reach over copper has been a consistent cry from our Data Center partners," said Tony Stelliga, Chairman and CEO of Quellan. "While our chips can be embedded in connectors, adapter cards or servers -- the X-Ten module provides an immediate remedy for reach deprived critical links."

The Company's lane Manager Chips are priced at under $2 per port in volume and the X-Ten module sells for $99 in volume.

About Quellan Incorporated

Quellan specializes in analog components that improve the performance and functionality of consumer electronics and infrastructure equipment by enhancing signal fidelity. Quellan serves the Enterprise, Telecom, Broadcast, Automotive and Consumer Electronics markets. Privately held, Quellan's investors include Cordova Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation. For more information, visit www.quellan.com, or call 408-774-0084.

Source: Quellan, Inc.

CONTACT: Melissa Kallos of Quellan, +1-408-774-0084, or
Melissa@quellan.com

Web site: www.quellan.com/

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