MaxLinear Expands Diverse Ethernet Portfolio

MaxLinear Inc., a global leader in wired network solutions, announced it is deepening its commitment to expanding its next-gen Ethernet portfolio with a line of 2.5G Ethernet products. The family comprises new 2.5G Ethernet switches and eight port 2.5G Enterprise PHYs.

The chipsets will anchor MaxLinear’s robust Ethernet portfolio – which includes 10/100, 1G, and 2.5G bridges, PHYs and switches. MaxLinear will demonstrate the 2.5G solutions, May 30-June 2 at Computex 2023, in Taipei, Taiwan.

The demand for more robust Ethernet products is growing as 2.5G speeds expand into enterprise, retail, and industrial single and multiport applications, and more PCs offer 2.5G Ethernet ports. With new access technologies like xGPON and new Wi-Fi standards increasing the demand for higher LAN bandwidth, gigabit Ethernet is giving way to 2.5G Ethernet which can extend the bandwidth over existing CAT5e cable infrastructure by a factor of 2.5 comparatively.

According to 2022 research by Allied Market Research, the global Ethernet switch market was valued at $17.2 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $26.1 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.4 percent from 2022 to 2031. The rising demand for effective network infrastructure for varied application requirements is expected to contribute to this growth.

MaxLinear provides a portfolio of leading-edge Ethernet PHYs, bridges, and switches that are suited for next-generation routers, switches, and gateways. MaxLinear’s 1G Ethernet PHY, 2.5G Ethernet PHY, and 1G Ethernet switch solutions offer the connectivity required for bandwidth-hungry video streaming, gaming, and video conferencing.

MaxLinear has shipped more than 1 billion ports of Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceivers and switches. In addition, the company is a participating member of the Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium of system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals committed to Ethernet technology’s success and expansion.

Products are available for early sampling to lead customers and partners. Production release will be Q1 2024.

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