IPtronics targets low-cost, HDMI with parallel optics drivers and TIAs

June 14, 2010
JUNE 14, 2010 -- IPtronics has announced the availability of a lower-speed version of its 10G four-channel VCSEL drivers and TIAs for parallel optics.

JUNE 14, 2010 -- IPtronics has announced the availability of a lower-speed version of its 10G four-channel VCSEL drivers and TIAs for parallel optics. As a response to the growing market for lower rates, especially driven by HDMI cables and a growing local market in Asia (particularly China), the four-channel IPxx5G011 chip sets are targeted at lower speeds, higher volumes, and a substantially lower cost structure than current active optical cables for Infiniband QDR and beyond.

By cooperating with “leading merchant VCSEL and PIN suppliers,” IPtronics says it can offer low costs to non-vertically integrated module and cable suppliers

The new lower speed ICs have identical footprints to IPtronics’ current 4- and 12-channel offerings, which operate at channel speeds of from 10 Gbps to 16 Gbps

“By leveraging economies of scale and addressing Asia specific requirements, mainly cost and strong application support, IPtronics expects to capture a substantial share of the lower speed market,” says Jesper Bek, CEO of IPtronics. “Furthermore, our lower speed components are compatible to our higher speed solutions for an easy transition once higher channel speeds become a requirement.”

The devices come in two versions, wirebond and solder ball. IPtronics bases its solder bump offerings on an established flow with its supplier, ST Microelectronics. This flow is easily scalable to very high volumes and offers better signal integrity than a traditional wirebond process, the company asserts. All of the devices are lead-free and ROHS compliant.

The IPxx5G011 ICs are fully available.

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