Paul Korzeniowski, August 6, 2008, 4:40 PM
Running 10-Gbit/s Ethernet over copper cables is not a viable option for enterprise users at the moment, but Teranetics, a provider of Ethernet components, wants to change that. Earlier this week, the company introduced the TN2022, a network chipset that promises to lower pricing by 40 percent per port.
The startup was founded in 2003 and backed with $25 million in venture capital, with LSI Logic one of the investors. Since its formation, the chipset supplier has focused on delivering components for data storage and network switch suppliers to build products that support 10-Gbit/s Ethernet transmissions over copper wiring.
To date, however, the market for such devices has been slow to emerge. In fact, The Linley Group pegged worldwide revenue for 10-Gbit/s Ethernet products at less than $2 million in 2008, with the copper sector making up only a fraction of that total.
The reasons for the slowness have been manifold. The IEEEs standards-making process took a few unexpected twists and turns as vendors could not agree on how to speed up the networking technology. Initially, some vendors were skeptical that they could support such high speeds over copper wiring, but the standards organization ratified the 10GBase-T specification in the summer of 2006.