Infineon has extended its portfolio of ICs (Integrated Circuits) for home networking devices with a five and six-port Layer 2 Ethernet Switch platform dubbed Samurai.
Samurai’s key features include Layer 4 Ethernet QoS (Quality of Service) functionality and a hardware as well as software implementation of IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol). Infineon says this results in increased system stability for modems and improved quality of VoIP (Voice over IP) telephony and video streaming.
Additionally, the security functions of the switch, including Port Mirroring and MAC Table Access functions, assure safe Internet surfing and voice communication. Samurai is suited for any kind of IAD (Integrated Access Device), from ADSL routers to Home Gateways, for home as well as small office applications.
According to market research firm In-Stat, the total market for home networking ICs is expected to grow from about 34 million units in 2004 to about 110 million units in 2009.
The Samurai product family consists of four six-port controllers: ADM6996LC, ADM6996FC, ADM6996I, ADM6996M and one five-port controller: ADM6995LC.
Engineering samples are available now; volume production is planned to start in April 2005.