Mindspeed Technologies (News - Alert) has rolled out clock and data recovery (CDR) device that can support data rates up to 28 gigabits per second (Gbps).
With its data rate support for multiple standards, including 100G Ethernet, InfiniBand enhanced data rate (EDR), 32G Fibre Channel and optical transport network (OTU-4), the new Mindspeed CDR is lowest-power and smallest footprint clock, according to the company.
This new CDR device is boosted with additional features such as a limiting amplifier with industry leading input sensitivity, output de-emphasis to elevate link performance as well as test pattern generation and checking for system level diagnostics. In addition, the new Mindspeed CDR devices are reference-free, without any need for reference crystal oscillators and this feature helps in cutting down the number of components and cost required to implement a retiming function.
"Our new CDRs solidify Mindspeed's product portfolio leadership addressing 100Gbps optical interconnect 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 and smallest footprint solutions and to demonstrate them with Molex's (News - Alert) optical backplane infrastructure for the next generation of networking."
Recently, Molex Incorporated has utilized Mindspeed's CDRs to prove the retimed 100Gbps PSM4 zQSFP+ Active Optical Cable, keeps up with the strict power consumption and thermal constraints of a small modular form factor.
“In the drive to increase bandwidth density on the front panel and the backplane, systems OEMs require small form-factor pluggable modules and small on board optical engines. These solutions will future proof customers' investments in networking infrastructure, but, at the same time the small form factor of these modules create a challenge for interconnect manufacturers to meet the footprint, power consumption and thermal constraints," said Adit Narasimha, director of active optics at Molex, Incorporated.
Narasimha pointed out that Molex's silicon photonics-based solutions and optical backplane in combination with Mindspeed's low power CDRs answer the market needs and are the first to demonstrate 100Gbps optical backplane driven by small form factor optical modules with retiming in both transmit and receive directions.
The company plans to sell the CDR devices in a 4x4.5 mm package under part number M37046. The devices are currently sampling to development partners.
Edited by Ryan Sartor