May 14, 2004 Dallas, TX -- Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) and Aeluros Inc. have announced the formation of a strategic alliance allowing TI to manufacture and sell the Aeluros Puma AEL1002 XFI-to-XAUI integrated circuit (IC) as a TI-branded product. The TI TLK10021 will provide a second-sourcing environment for the low-power, high-performance enabler for XFP line card applications.
"TI is pleased to provide its broad worldwide customer base with access to this leading 10G solution, thus broadening its product portfolio for the 10-Gigabit Ethernet and 10-Gigabit Fibre Channel markets," contends Martin Izzard, director of the fiber optics and backplane business unit of TI's high-performance analog business. "Aeluros' proven technical success in the performance, power, and integration capabilities of 10-Gbit/sec serial link technology made them a natural choice for this strategic engagement."
"We look forward to enabling TI's successful entry into the XFI-to-XAUI market and fully expect them to extend their track records of market success and impeccable execution," adds Richard Egan, president and CEO of Aeluros. "TI's new TLK10021 and Aeluros' Puma AEL1002 provide a complementary solution to Aeluros' Puma AEL1001 XENPAK/X2/XPAK module IC, making 10G solutions more competitive and accelerating adoption in the marketplace."
The AEL1002/TLK10021 is an integrated 10-Gbit/sec XFI-to-XAUI IC that functions as a bridge between optical modules compliant with the XFP multi-source agreement (MSA) and system MAC and ASIC devices featuring the mainstream 3-Gbit/sec XAUI interface. The AEL1002/TLK10021 consumes just 800 mW of power through innovative circuit design techniques and a focus on critical system requirements, say the companies. The XFP MSA provides an application-agnostic, ultra-compact form factor 10-Gbit/sec optical module solution that occupies as little as one-fifth the space and one-half the power of alternative modules.
Aeluros and TI have demonstrated interoperability between the AEL1002/TLK10021 and XFP modules from 10 optical module suppliers, reducing compatibility concerns for the system designer. The device is sampling today from Aeluros as the Puma AEL1002 and from TI as the TLK10021.