DECMBER 16, 2008 â�� IPtronics (search for IPtronics), a supplier of silicon devices for parallel optical interconnect applications, has announced the availability of production-ready silicon for a broad range of applications within the data centers and the computer communications domain.
The company says these devices already enable InfiniBand QDR and DDR transceivers and active optical cables as well as chip-to-chip and rack-to-rack applications where density, power, and cost are important. IPtronics also says its technology offers the lowest power in the industry and highly competitive pricing. The devices have been optimized for density, affordability, and power dissipation.
The IPTA12G011 four-channel TIA/LIA and IPVD12G011 VCSEL driver chip set is already in production and the IPTA3X4 12-channel TIA/LIA and IPVD3X4 12-channel VCSEL driver has been tested and designed in by "a range of leading module manufacturers in the parallel optics domain," the company asserts.
With a power dissipation of 109 mW per channel (TX and RX), fully available devices and a strong supply chain structure, IPtronics believes it is a good position for providing silicon to the parallel optics space.
"At SC'08, I was very pleased to see active optical cable manufacturers, DDR/QDR QSFP module vendors, and system manufacturers were enabled by our silicon," says Jesper Bek, CEO IPtronics North America. "We continuously gain ground and win new sockets -- the best proof of our solutions' superior performance".
The devices are protocol agnostic and can be used in applications such as InfiniBand DDR and QDR, proprietary links, 40GbE and 100GbE, 100GbE with FEC, etc. The devices also are designed to offer a wide frequency range and enable backwards compatibility for, e.g., DDR and SDR InfiniBand rates. The current four-channel and 12-channel chip sets are fully available.