Multilink Technology Corporation (Nasdaq: MLTC), a provider of advanced semiconductor-based solutions for deployment of high-speed optical networks, introduced its next-generation driver: the MTC5527 Limiting Modulator Driver (LMD) for high speed applications up to 13 GB/s. Multilink's Limiting Modulator Drivers are designed for Return-to-Zero (RZ) applications. This capability is critical to customers transmitting RZ solution pulses with the performance required for ultra long haul transmission.
Unlike linear modulator drivers, a Limiting Modulator Driver has an input limiting device which acts as an input digital switch and thereby makes the output of the driver insensitive to variations of input rise/fall, overshoot, undershoot or noise on rails.
The MTC5527 is a precision multi-chip module for driving Lithium Niobate modulators, and includes an AC coupled single-ended input and output, output amplitude control and eye crossing point control. Compared to earlier Limiting Modulator Drivers, the MTC5527 provides lower power dissipation, lower output jitter, higher input sensitivity, lower rail ripple and faster edge speeds (22 psec), making it ideal for RZ transmission.
The MTC5527 has a small form factor and includes a digital limiting amplifier function to ensure high quality output signal characteristics even with less than ideal input signals. The module's amplitude control feature is specially designed to provide consistent output signal shape and crossing point over the full range of control and provides some of the highest performance in the industry. Working in conjunction with Multilink's multiplexers with integrated clock multiplier unit, demultiplexer with integrated Clock and Data Recovery, Forward Error Correction devices and clock drivers, Multilink is able to provide a complete suite of solutions for high performance, long haul and ultra long haul data transmission.
MTC5527 product samples are now available at a cost of $2,500 each.
Multilink Technology Corporation designs, develops and markets advanced-mixed-signal integrated circuits, modules, VLSI products and higher-level assemblies designed to enable the next generation of high-speed optical networking systems.