Innovium Introduces TERALYNX, World’s Highest Performance and Most Scalable Ethernet Switch Silicon Family with Industry-leading Analytics, Programmability and Power Efficiency

Innovative, ground-up architecture for data centers delivers unmatched 12.8 Tbps single chip performance, 2x performance per watt & 3x buffer size vs alternatives as well as support for new 200/400G Ethernet standards

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Innovium, Inc. today announced TERALYNX™, the world’s highest performance and most scalable Ethernet switch silicon family that leapfrogs the industry with an innovative architecture optimized for data centers. Innovium TERALYNX is the industry’s first switch that shatters the 10 terabits per second (Tbps) performance barrier in a single chip, while delivering breakthrough telemetry, line-rate programmability, largest on-chip buffers and best-in-class low-latency, resulting in up to 6x advantage compared to alternatives. TERALYNX includes broad support for 10/25/40/50/100/200/400GbE Ethernet standards and becomes the world’s first product to deliver 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or 32 ports of 400GbE in a single device. The TERALYNX switch family includes software compatible options at 12.8Tbps, 9.6Tbps, 6.4Tbps and 3.2Tbps performance points, each delivering compelling benefits for switch system vendors and data center operators.

Data Center Market Dynamics

Economics, agility, and flexibility are rapidly driving customers to move IT to the public and private cloud. Intel predicts that 70-80% of all systems will be deployed in “large scale data centers” by 2025. In addition, applications such as 4G/5G, video, artificial intelligence (AI), machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and distributed storage are creating explosive data-center traffic growth. Network bandwidth demands inside Google’s data-centers are doubling every 12-15 months, and Amazon Web Services has highlighted that its network traffic is increasing faster than compute usage. Cisco’s Cloud Index report forecasts traffic within large scale data centers will quintuple by 2020, along with significant IPv6 adoption and need for lower latency. Data center customers are demanding solutions to these trends and requirements within strict constraints of lower Capex, Opex and increased uptimes along with future-proof, agile support for new features, protocols and I/Os.

TERALYNX: Customer-Focused Innovation

Innovium TERALYNX is the industry’s first network switch architected from the ground-up to optimally address the needs of large data centers. Other products in the market have been designed for multiple disparate segments resulting in poor trade-offs for any single segment. TERALYNX is fueled by customer-focused & patented innovations, which enable the industry’s best throughput, radix (number of ports), telemetry, buffer size, programmability and power efficiency for data centers.

TERALYNX Switch Silicon Family Highlights

  • Breakthrough TERASCALE™ fabric delivers industry’s highest performance, radix and buffers along with best-in-class low latency
    • 12.8Tbps, 9.6Tbps, 6.4Tbps and 3.2Tbps single chip performance options at packet sizes of 300B or smaller, delivering up to 6x advantage compared to alternatives using the widely adopted CLOS network architecture
    • Single flow performance of 400Gbps at 64B minimum packet size, 4x vs alternatives
    • 70MB of on-chip buffer for superior network quality, fewer packet drops and substantially lower latency compared to off-chip buffering options
    • Up to 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or 32 ports of 400GbE, which enable flatter networks for lower Capex and fewer hops
    • Support for cut-through with best-in-class low latency of less than 350ns
  • Programmable, feature-rich INNOFLEX™ forwarding pipeline
    • Comprehensive layer 2/3 forwarding and flexible tunneling including MPLS
    • Large table resources with flexible allocation across L2, IPv4 and IPv6
    • Line-rate, standards-based programmability to add new/custom features and protocols
  • FLASHLIGHT™ telemetry and analytics to enable autonomous data center networks
    • Extensive visibility and telemetry capabilities such as sFlow, FlexMirroring along with highly customizable extra-wide counters
    • P4-INT in-band telemetry and extensions to dramatically simplify end to end analysis
    • Advanced analytics enable optimal resource monitoring, utilization and congestion control allowing predictive capabilities and network automation
  • Revolutionary power optimization technology
    • Design and silicon optimization provides 2x+ performance per watt vs alternatives
  • Proven, robust SERDES I/Os for existing and upcoming networks
    • Industry-leading, proven SerDes supports 10G and 25G NRZ, as well as 50G PAM4, to provide customers a variety of connectivity choices, ranging from widely deployed 10/25/40/50/100G Ethernet to upcoming 200/400GbE
    • Up to 258 lanes of long-reach SerDes, each of which can be configured dynamically
  • Integrated GHz ARM CPU core along with PCIe Gen 3 host connectivity
    • ARM core enables development of differentiated real-time automation features
    • High speed host connectivity and DMA enhancements enable high performance packet, table and telemetry data transfers while minimizing CPU overhead
    • Two high-speed Ethernet ports for management or telemetry data

“Networking silicon solutions in the market today are generic, one-size-fits-all approaches and as a result, sub-optimal for data-centers. Innovium has used a unique, singular focus on data centers to deliver the strongest set of switch capabilities that dramatically advance the future of data centers,” said Rajiv Khemani, CEO & Co-founder of Innovium. “Equally important, we have assembled one of the strongest execution teams for rapid, high-volume deployments. We are excited to be working with leading switch system and data center customers as we execute on our mission.”

Modern, Standards-based Software

Innovium offers a comprehensive software solution which includes the TERALYNX Software Development Kit (SDK), example application code, standard APIs, network operating system (NOS) software and services for seamless, accelerated deployment. The SDK delivers rich functionality along with high performance and high availability capabilities critical for data centers. It supports open APIs including OCP SAI (Switch Abstraction Interface) for easy integration with NOS software as well as APIs to unlock TERALYNX’s FLASHLIGHT analytics and automation capabilities.

Ready for Today’s Networks as well as 50G PAM4 I/O Deployments

TERALYNX enables customers to deploy switches easily with today’s 10G or 25G NRZ infrastructure for 10/25/50/100G Ethernet connectivity with up to 128 ports of 100GbE Ethernet using a single chip. This leverages the widely available infrastructure of DAC/optical cables and SFP/QSFP-based optical modules. Additionally, 50G PAM4 I/O is being urgently demanded by major data center operators to scale performance and meaningfully reduce cost per bit. TERALYNX supports PAM4 I/O to enable seamless transition without forklift upgrades. Innovium has been working closely with leading optics partners who will deliver 200/400G optical modules in QSFP56, QSFP-DD and OSFP form-factors to provide improved bandwidth and faceplate density at lower cost per bit.


TERALYNX hardware design collateral and SDK is available now for early-access customers and partners. The TERALYNX switch silicon will sample in Q3 2017 along with evaluation systems. Please contact for timely delivery of design collateral, silicon samples and evaluation systems.

Industry Quotes

650 Group

“The Ethernet Switch Market in the data center is undergoing rapid transition as the demand for higher speeds by cloud providers is pushing the market quickly towards 400G,” said Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group. “12.8 Tbps fabrics will start getting deployed by mid-2018 and become commonplace in the data center by the end of decade as the cloud becomes a larger segment than the enterprise market.”

The Linley Group

“TERALYNX promises industry leading 100G port density, backed by the execution track record of Innovium’s team,” said Bob Wheeler, Principal Analyst with The Linley Group. “In the last decade, several companies have defined and announced switching products but execution missteps have proved costly in terms of market adoption. Strong product execution should enable TERALYNX to obtain meaningful customer adoption through its major time-to-market lead.”

LinkedIn, Inc.

“Innovium TERALYNX solution is a game-changer in the industry,” said Yuval Bachar, Principal Engineer, Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy at LinkedIn. “Customers can deploy TERALYNX in all tiers across the data center from top-of-rack to core fabric. With its deep buffers and attractive power efficiency, TERALYNX is truly tailored for data centers in all the key dimensions.”

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.

"Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI) is a leading provider of fiber-optic network interface products, which we supply to the majority of the largest hyperscale data center customers in the world," said Dr. Thompson Lin, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. founder, president and CEO. “We are excited to collaborate with Innovium to provide compelling optical solutions for Innovium TERALYNX™, the industry’s first 12.8 Tbps Ethernet switch silicon family, that will enable many unique system designs such as 1RU 32 port 100/200G, 2RU 64 port 100/200G, 4RU 128 port 100G and 1RU 32 port 400G switch to meet the most demanding data center customer needs.”

InnoLight Technology Ltd.

"Innolight is a global leading supplier of high-speed optical transceivers that powers many of today’s leading cloud data centers and is collaborating with industry leaders to develop new 400G OSFP and QSFP-DD transceivers for next generation networks," said Osa Mok, CMO of InnoLight Technology. “With Innovium TERALYNX, the industry’s first PAM4-based Ethernet merchant switch silicon to support 128 100G ports and 400G connectivity, we can provide a complete solution for these next generation of cloud data center networks.”

Lumentum Operations LLC

"We are excited about the progress Innovium has made with TERALYNX, its scalable Ethernet switch silicon with up to 12.8Tbps performance. We look forward to working with them to ensure interoperability between our 100G/400G modules and Innovium’s switch silicon,” said Chris Pfistner, Vice President, product line management, Datacom at Lumentum.

Luxtera, Inc.

"Luxtera is the global leader in Silicon Photonics, with its PSM4 transceivers serving a crucial role in cloud computing and enterprise networking," said Greg Young, President and CEO of Luxtera. “We are excited to partner with Innovium and the TERALYNX family of Ethernet switch silicon, to offer even more scalable and cost-effective data center networks. Together these solutions can offer industry leading performance and scalability, and drive new optimization and innovation in datacenter architectures.”

The Linux Foundation (OpenSwitch)

"OpenSwitch Project, hosted at The Linux Foundation, is collaborating with the networking ecosystem to accelerate innovation through use of open-source networking software stack,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking at The Linux Foundation. “Network silicon is a key component of the network stack. We welcome Innovium to The Linux Foundation and OpenSwitch, and look forward to collaborating with them on compelling open networking solutions.”

Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

“Qualcomm is at the forefront of the movement to ARM-based servers systems in the datacenter, not only with our Centriq processor, but also by advancing the industry with data center ecosystem co-development,” said Quinn Li, Vice President and Head of Qualcomm Ventures. “We have been impressed by Innovium TERALYNX's revolutionary architecture and capabilities, overall execution and strong customer interest. We look forward to supporting the company on their product roll-out this year.”

About Innovium

Innovium is a provider of high performance, innovative switching silicon solutions for data centers. Innovium’s TERALYNX family delivers software compatible products ranging from 3.2Tbps to 12.8Tbps with unmatched power efficiency, radix, programmability, buffers and low latency. Innovium team members have a highly successful track record in delivering several generations of widely deployed data center products. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California and is backed by leading venture capital firms including Greylock Partners, Walden Riverwood, Capricorn Investment Group, Qualcomm Ventures, S-Cubed Capital and Redline Capital. For more information, please visit:

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