GigOptix intros limiting amplifier for 40G DQPSK and microwave applications

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 -- The GX3240 boasts a 3x3-mm QFN form factor with a 3-dB bandwidth of more 27 GHz, 700-mVpp differential output, and low power dissipation.

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 -- GigOptix Inc., a provider of electronic engines for optical networking, has released the GX3240, a differential limiting amplifier in a 3x3-mm QFN, developed in partnership with a leading Japanese telecom manufacturer for use in a 40G RZDQPSK receiver and with further applications in the microwave and instrumentation markets.

GigOptix says it won the design based on the company's history of providing high-speed, high-performance amplifier designs in compact, low-power form factors. The GX3240 boasts a 3x3-mm QFN form factor with a 3-dB bandwidth of more 27 GHz, 700-mVpp differential output, and low power dissipation.

"The GX3240 is a very impressive device and represents significant advances on many levels," says Andrea Betti-Berutto, chief technology officer of GigOptix. "The device's QFN package makes it very manufacturing-friendly and its 27-GHz bandwidth enables a wide number of demanding applications for our customers. The device was designed for the RZDQPSK telecom market, which is seeing a lot of operator and vendor interest at the moment. However, it can also be used in instrumentation markets where it provides a low-power, high-speed buffer that is able to clean up and resquare high-speed digital signals. The GX3240 now extends our plastic package QFN limiter family that includes the iT3011E and iT3018E from 10-GHz bandwidth to 27 GHz."

"Telecom companies are continuing to invest in network infrastructure despite current economic conditions and are deploying 40G systems to support the increasing bandwidth demanded by consumers using bandwidth-hungry applications such as Facebook and Hulu's 'over the top' IP TV," comments Scott Schube, senior analyst at Lightcounting. In its latest "Transceiver and Optical Interconnects Market Forecast," Lightcounting predicts a robust 70% CAGR in the 40G market segment through 2013.

The GX3240 is sampling now and mass production is planned for early 1Q10. Sample requests can be made through sales@gigoptix.com.


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