Surging demand for greater bandwidth and higher speed service delivery continues to strain service provider networks. With global business-class Ethernet bandwidth projected to surpass 75% of total global business bandwidth by 2017, the ability to quickly and easily deliver Carrier Ethernet services over their networks is a key growth vector for service providers and network operators. The ability to implement network functions in software through software-defined networking ( SDN) and network functions virtualization ( NFV) is a critical step for Carriers to expedite creation and delivery of business services in minutes, versus months or years.

Focused on these market dynamics, Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: VTSS), a leading provider of IC solutions to advance "Ethernet Everywhere" in Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things ( IoT) networks, introduced Serval-2 Lite™ ( VSC7436), its latest Carrier Ethernet switch engine optimized for service provider IP Edge and Ethernet/MPLS access applications, including mobile backhaul and business-class service delivery. Serval-2 Lite is ideal for small form factor, low-power network interface devices (NIDs) and lower port count customer premise equipment (CPE) to connect the Enterprise to Carrier networks.

Serval-2 Lite features Vitesse Service Aware Architecture (ViSAA™), the industry's only service-aware switch architecture, which radically simplifies Carrier delivery of MEF CE 2.0 services in packet-based mobile and cloud access Ethernet networks. When combined with Vitesse's CEServices™ software, Serval-2 Lite delivers a turnkey SDN-ready solution for touchless provisioning and remote control of MEF CE 2.0 services over Carrier networks.

"Vitesse's turnkey solutions will be imperative for Carriers to keep up with the network demands of the future and enable SDN/NFV service automation," said Uday Mudoi, vice president of product marketing at Vitesse. "Vitesse's service-aware portfolio is unique in the industry and designed to help service providers efficiently scale network capabilities with traffic demand and improve business agility. We have customers using OpenDaylight today in conjunction with our solution to remotely provision and control services in Carrier deployments. This is vital for Carriers to realize the full benefits of SDN and NFV in their networks."

Serval-2 Lite: Fourth-Generation ViSAA Technology

Adding to Vitesse's widely adopted Serval-1™, Serval-2™ and Serval-Lite™ Carrier Ethernet switch engines, Serval-2 Lite features include:
  • Vitesse Service Aware Architecture delivering hardware-based advanced fault detection, service activation test and performance monitoring features for business-class Ethernet service delivery;
  • VeriTime™ IEEE 1588 timing technology, the industry's only 1588 solution that meets and exceeds the new stringent ITU specifications for 4G TD-LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless networks;
  • Hierarchical QoS (H-QoS) for robust support MEF CE 2.0-compliant delivery of SLA-based Carrier Ethernet services.

Availability and Samples

Serval-2 Lite samples are available January 2015. Learn more at

About Vitesse

Vitesse (Nasdaq: VTSS) designs a diverse portfolio of high-performance semiconductors, application software, and integrated turnkey systems solutions for Carrier, Enterprise and Internet of Things (IoT) networks worldwide. Vitesse products enable the fastest-growing network infrastructure markets including Mobile Access/IP Edge, Cloud Access and Industrial-IoT Networking. Visit or follow us on Twitter @VitesseSemi.

Vitesse is a registered trademark and VISAA, CEServices, VeriTime and Serval 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.


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