Vitesse Unveils Industry's First Ethernet-Optimized Networking Solution for 4G/LTE Small Cells


Vitesse Unveils Industry's First Ethernet-Optimized Networking Solution for 4G/LTE Small Cells

Six-port Serval Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine Delivers Best-in-Class VeriTime Timing, OAM, and Networking Features with Unprecedented Low Power

CAMARILLO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NAS: VTSS) , a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrierand Enterprise networks, has expanded its ServalCarrier Ethernet switch engine portfolio with the six-port Serval Lite (VSC7416). Serval Lite integrates Vitesse's IEEE1588v2VeriTime™ technology, already adopted by customers comprising 60% market share in microwave backhaul and 75% market share in millimeter-wavebackhaul. This latest Serval device is optimized for small cell applications, delivering rich Carrier Ethernet features at 75% lower power and 50% lower BOM cost than competitive options.

Market analysts project an estimated 64.2M small cell base stations in use by 2016, with the microwave small cell backhaul equipment market alone growing to $6.4B by 2017.

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"Carriers are planning and moving to increase 3G/4G/LTE coverage and capacity by deploying small cells, which will play an increasingly critical role in mobile networks," stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "The new networking and connectivity requirements of a large number of small cells pose a major technical challenge for small cell backhaul. And yet there is more difficulty added by the size, power, and cost constraints of small cell equipment. Vitesse has created new options for 3G/4G/LTE small cells with its latest Ethernet-optimized Serval device with state-of-the-art packet timing technology."

"Serval Lite enables the cost and power-efficient deployment of small cell base stations backhauling to an all-IP backbone," said Uday Mudoi, product marketing director at Vitesse. "Vitesse VeriTime solutions are the clear choice for OEMs looking to meet power budget requirements and the level of features demanded by carriers for network access and mobile backhaul."

Advanced Feature Set in Ideal Form Factor

Serval Lite meets carrier grade small cell backhaul needs, integrating Carrier Ethernet features needed to support advanced packet-based services in a compact, low power package. At less than 1.5W power, Serval Lite simplifies thermal design, significantly reducing equipment costs in small form factor outdoor deployments.

Complementing the previously announced Jaguar™, LynX™ and Caracal™ switch engines for Carrier access, aggregation, and mobile applications, Serval family highlights include:

  • VeriTime nanosecond-accurate IEEE1588v2 timing technology that can meet LTE and LTE-Advanced network requirements, even over variable-rate and asymmetric millimeter wave and microwave links;

  • Support of multi-operator OAM&P and Service Level Agreements for Ethernet management, enabling RAN sharing and third-party backhaul ownership;

  • Hierarchical QoS (H-QoS) support for complex delivery of traffic with rich media content over 4G networks;

  • Integrated MIPS processor whichallows advanced protocol support without a discrete CPU in the board design, reducing overall BOM costs; and

  • Power dissipation under 1.5W, ideal for compact applications requiring a Power over Ethernet (PoE) solution.

Availability and Samples

Samples of Serval Lite are available now. More information about VSC7416 can be found at

About VeriTime for IP Edge

Vitesse's Carrier-specific Ethernet IC portfolio is fully standards compliant and interoperable with other synchronization solutions including Boundary Clocks (BC) and software algorithm filtering solutions. Learn more at

About Vitesse

Vitesse (NAS: VTSS) designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductor solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks worldwide. Vitesse products enable the fastest-growing network infrastructure markets including Mobile Access/IP Edge, Cloud Computing and SMB/SME Enterprise Networking. Visit or follow us on Twitter @VitesseSemi.

Vitesse is a registered trademark and Serval, Jaguar, LynX, Caracal and VeriTime are trademarks of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders.


Company Contact:
Vitesse Semiconductor
Michelle Lozada, +1-805-388-3700
Agency Contact:
SHIFT Communications
Jennifer Usher, +1-415-591-8456

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