Mindspeed Enables High-Density 100 Gigabit Systems with a Family of Lowest-Power 28G Clock and Data


Mindspeed Enables High-Density 100 Gigabit Systems with a Family of Lowest-Power 28G Clock and Data Recovery Devices

Devices are Demonstrated in Molex's Fully Retimed 100G zQSFP+ Active Optical Cables

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NAS: MSPD) , a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure and data center applications, today announced the industry's lowest-power clock and data recovery (CDR) devices capable of supporting data rates up to 28 gigabits per second (Gbps). Low power dissipation is a critical requirement for small form factor interconnects for the 100 Gigabit Ethernet, InfiniBand and optical transport systems enabling port densities that the industry must achieve in order to handle increasing Internet traffic and escalating online video content demand.

Mindspeed®'s four channel CDRs support data rates required for multiple standards including 100G Ethernet, InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), 32G Fibre Channel and Optical Transport Network (OTU-4). The low-power solution enables next-generation optical and copper module form factors, such as CFP-2, CFP-4 and Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP). Mindspeed's CDRs integrate key features, such as an input equalizer and output de-emphasis to optimize link performance and support line card retiming applications as well as loopback for system level diagnostics. The devices are reference-free, eliminating the need for reference crystal oscillators thus reducing the number of components and cost required to implement a retiming function. Further, the devices include input equalization circuitry to support lossy channels and support a wide output amplitude range to seamlessly interoperate with optical assemblies.

Molex Incorporated has used Mindspeed's CDRs to demonstrate the industry's first, fully retimed 100Gbps zQSFP+ Active Optical Cable meeting stringent power consumption and thermal constraints of a small modular form factor.

"In the drive to match 100Gbps port count density to current 10Gbps interconnect levels, system OEMs require small front panel pluggable modules, which will enable tenfold increase in front panel bandwidth density. This creates a challenge for interconnect manufacturers to meet the power consumption and thermal constraints of QSFP modules," said Adit Narasimha, director of new product development at Molex, Inc. "Molex's silicon photonics-based zQSFP+ solutions in combination with Mindspeed's low power CDRs are the first to demonstrate 100Gbps small form factor modules with retiming in both transmit and receive directions."

The new devices complement Mindspeed's family of signal conditioners, cross-points and physical media devices (PMDs) for networking and enterprise solutions. "Our new CDRs expand Mindspeed's product portfolio to address 100Gbps applications," said Hasnain Bajwa, senior vice president and general manager, high-performance analog (HPA), at Mindspeed. "We are excited to deliver industry leading low power solutions to help enable the next generation of networking infrastructure."

Mindspeed will be demonstrating these new CDR devices at The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2013), from March 19-21, 2013, in booth number 1174 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The devices will also be showcased as part of Molex's 100Gbps Active Optical Cable in booth number 2807 at the same conference.


The devices, packaged in a 7x7 mm leadframe grid array (LFGA), are available now under part numbers M37040 and M37041. M37040 is optimized for the receive direction while the M37041is optimized for the transmit direction in optical modules and active optical or copper cables. M37041 is also ideal for on board retiming functions for longer electrical connections between application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

About Molex Incorporated

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, military and lighting. Established in 1938, the company operates 40 manufacturing locations in 16 countries. The Molex website is http://www.molex.com. Follow us at www.twitter.com/molexconnectors, watch our videos at www.youtube.com/molexconnectors, connect with us at www.facebook.com/molexconnectors and read our blog at www.connector.com.

About Mindspeed Technologies

Mindspeed Technologies (NAS: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.

To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.

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