Vitesse Introduces World's Most Highly-integrated Server Baseboard Management Controller

CAMARILLO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 16, 2007— Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Pink Sheets:VTSS), a leader in enterprise storage ICs, today unveiled the world's most highly-integrated server baseboard management controller (BMC) for server management.

Before the VSC452, server manufacturers had to rely on separate graphics processors and Super I/O integrated circuits (ICs) along with their BMC to implement robust remote management. These multiple IC resources support many other processes, making system integration and motherboard layout challenging. Now, all the resources required to implement advanced server remote management are incorporated into a single IC. This new level of integration reduces manufacturers' time-to-market and overall BOM cost by more than 50 percent in the highly-competitive server market. When combined with application software from Vitesse's market-leading partners, American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and Avocent, the VSC452 provides a complete, easy-to-implement, remote server management solution.

"Vitesse has been a market leader in enclosure management devices for the storage market for over a decade," said Tim Hornback, vice president and general manager of Vitesse's Storage Products Division. "The VSC452 extends that leadership by providing complete server baseboard management."

Unprecedented Integration

The VSC452 combines functionality that previously had been built into separate devices: sensor and power monitoring and control in an enclosure management processor, VGA processing in a graphics add-in card, 16550 UARTs and real-time clock in a Super I/O chip, Ethernet and encryption in a network interface card. Using these disparate subsystems to implement IPMI 2.0, remote keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) over IP, Serial Over LAN (SOL), virtual media, and other server management features led to redundant hardware, such as memory, and software integration challenges. Vitesse also included the digital video compression engines from AMI and Avocent in the VSC452 to provide a tightly integrated, high performance KVM solution. By combining all of this hardware into a single IC and coupling it with feature-rich and industry-proven software from AMI and Avocent, the VSC452 provides a more straightforward management implementation for server manufacturers.

"The partnership between AMI and Vitesse to deliver our advanced management solution, MegaRAC(TM) SP and superior remote KVM engine known as AAVICA (Advanced Adaptive Video Compression Algorithm), with the Vitesse VSC452 allows the market to benefit from both companies' core competencies," said Sanjoy Maity, AMI vice president of software engineering.

"Management represents one of the last true differentiators for system vendors. With the VSC452's high-level of integration coupled with Avocent's widely distributed video compression algorithm, DVC (Dambrackas Video Compression(TM)), Avocent is excited about the new market opportunities the VSC452 platform will provide," said Steve Rokov, director of marketing for embedded technologies at Avocent.


The VSC452 is sampling now and expected to be in full production in late 2007. AMI and Avocent software is available directly from these software partners at and, respectively.

About Vitesse

Vitesse designs, develops, and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, cost-competitive semiconductor solutions for communications and storage networks worldwide. Engineering excellence and dedicated customer service distinguish Vitesse as an industry leader in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Ethernet-over-SONET, Fibre Channel, SAS, Optical Transport, and other applications. Vitesse innovation empowers customers to deliver superior products for Enterprise, Access, Metro, and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at

Vitesse is a registered trademark in the United States and/or other jurisdictions of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holders.

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