Phyworks to move next-generation transceivers to CMOS

JANUARY 16, 2009 -- Phyworks will design and manufacture its next generation of transceiver ICs in CMOS, instead of the traditionally employed SiGe process technology. Phyworks claims it will then become the first manufacturer to offer both 10G transceiver and equalizer technology in CMOS, leading the way to far greater device integration.

JANUARY 16, 2009 -- Phyworks (search for Phyworks) today announced that it will design and manufacture its next generation of transceiver ICs in CMOS, instead of the traditionally employed SiGe process technology. Phyworks says it will then become the first manufacturer to offer both 10G transceiver and equalizer technology in CMOS, leading the way to far greater device integration.

Initial CMOS-based transceiver products to be taped out by Phyworks during Q2 and Q3 of 2009 will include a multi-rate 1- to 10-Gbps optical transceiver for 10GBASE-SR and 1- to 8.5-Gbps storage markets; a low-power 10G copper cable transceiver/equalizer for 5- to 15-m active copper cables; and a 10G PON transceiver with burst mode laser drive capability and optional equalizer capability.

"Migrating our transceivers into CMOS is a logical next step given our understanding of fine geometry CMOS gained through the development of our high-performance 10G equalizer and retimer products," explains Phyworks' CEO Stephen King.

"Manufacturers are under pressure to reduce product cost at the same time increased performance and higher data rates must be achieved," he continues. "CMOS now provides the performance necessary for 10G, is cost comparable with SiGe, plus it offers lower power operation. Most importantly," notes King, "CMOS also provides an integration roadmap for future technology developments that SiGe simply cannot."


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