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Semtech Announces IP Collaboration with MorethanIP to Support Ethernet at Speeds of 25G, 50G, 100G and 400G

March 30, 2015
By Business Wire News


Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced a collaboration with MorethanIP, a leading supplier of Ethernet controller intellectual property (IP), linking the IP from each party to produce a complete layer 1/layer 2, solution for IEEE 802.3bj, the recently ratified standard supporting 100G backplane applications.

In addition, the added capabilities provide solutions for new industry standard 25Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 50GbE configurations, and for applications compliant with the developing 802.3bs 400GbE standards with CDAUI-16.

More customers are developing optimized solutions to support big data applications and the Internet of Things (IoT). These customers are building data centers that benefit from SOC/ASICs that support Ethernet standards like IEEE 802.3bj, 802.3bm and 802.3by. The emerging set of standards leverage the serial rate of 25G per lane. By working closely together, Semtech and MorethanIP now offer a working solution for customers who wish to deploy IOs that support these standards on their system-level ASICs.

“We recognize that there are many customers who want a combined MAC and PHY solution for the set of standards that use the 25G serial data rate,” said Francois Balay, president of MorethanIP. “Working with Semtech to validate our joint solution allows customers to deploy our IP with confidence in their ASIC designs for legacy 10GbE, stable 40/100GbE, emerging 25/50GbE and future 400GbE applications.”

“Customers expect that they can get IP from two vendors to work together on their ASIC/SOC designs, and our announced partnership with MorethanIP formalizes the working relationship we have had with them for many years, servicing many companies,” said Kevin Walsh, director of worldwide marketing for the Snowbush IP brand. “Now, as the industry moves to new standards using 25Gbps serial lane rates, like 802.3bj, 802.3bs, 802.3bm and 802.3by, they can deploy our joint IP with the confidence that two vendors support one combined solution.”

Features of the Joint Solution

  • Complete PCS RTL and PHY GDS supporting 802.3bj
  • RS-FEC support for 25Geth, 50Geth and 100Geth applications
  • FC-FEC support for 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE applications
  • Link training and auto-negotiation support for backplane applications
  • Configurability from 1 to 16 lanes supporting 10Gbps, to 400Gbps throughput
  • Support for 802.3ae and 802.3bj Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • Optimized for low latency and for synchronous Ethernet application


The IP-C2 platform GDS is available immediately on TSMC 28nm HPM/HPC. MorethanIP’s MAC layer IP is available immediately as RTL and can be synthesized to any process node. The companies are working on a reference design kit that will be available soon. Pricing depends on configuration and the number of instantiations in a design. Silicon results are available for review. Contact for more information on the PCS and MAC layer Ethernet Controllers. Information about MorethanIP’s product portfolio is available at Contact for additional details on the C2 platform. Information about the Snowbush IP family of products is available at

About MorethanIP

MorethanIP is a privately owned and profitable design and IP (Intellectual Property) house concentrating on high-speed communications, serial backplane and embedded system technologies. This includes design, specification and implementation of standard products, system architectures and customer-specific solutions. Combining its methodology with proven technical expertise from more than fifteen years of industry experience in Hardware and Software design, MorethanIP generates rapid design cycles to meet time-to-market, functional and budgetary objectives. MorethanIP has developed a unique range of IP Core for Multi Gigabit Ethernet applications. MorethanIP’s IP portfolio includes, Gigabit to 400 Gigabit Ethernet MACs (Medium Access Controllers) and PCSs (Physical Coding Sub-Layer), 1/2/4/8/16/32G Fiber Channel FC-1 and FC-2 Transport Cores and high speed Interlaken system interface. All products are available for both ASIC or Programmable Logic providing platform choice flexibility for customers to meet their time-to-market / cost trade-offs. For more information, visit

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit

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