Optium selects AMCC's transceiver for use in tunable SFF transponder

FEBRUARY 19, 2008 -- Optium Corp. has selected AMCC's S19252 transceiver for its new small form factor (SFF) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) tunable transponder.

FEBRUARY 19, 2008 -- Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (search for AMCC) today announced that Optium Corp. (search for Optium) has selected AMCC's S19252 Transceiver for its new small form factor (SFF) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) tunable transponder.

The AMCC S19252 is a SONET/SDH/10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) and 10G Fibre Channel EDC-based transceiver with a 10-Gbit/sec clock output. The S19252 device provides fully integrated serialization/de-serialization (SerDes) capabilities for low-power intermediate and long reach 10-Gbit/sec applications, says the company. The device performs all necessary parallel-to-serial and serial-to-parallel functions in conformance with SONET/SDH and 10-GbE transmission standards. The S19252 is compliant to the 300-pin MSA standard for 10G transponders; the OIF SFI4 Phase 1 Parallel Electrical Interface standard; IEEE Draft P802.3ae; and the XFP MSA standard. AMCC says the S19252 provides a number of built in test features such as numerous pattern generators, checkers, and bit error rate counters that allow customers to provide BERT-like functionality.

"AMCC's S19252 provides the features, integration, and functions we require for Optium's new small form factor tunable product," reports Tom Williams, director of product line management for Optium Corp. "AMCC's S19252 empowers Optium to deliver cost-effective SFF MSA compliant products with high performance and high availability."

Optium says its SFF tunable transponder provides enhanced network flexibility by enabling the upgrade of single-channel applications often used in metro networks, while enabling customers that currently use large form factor tunable devices to achieve higher port density on their line cards without sacrificing performance. The company says its SFF tunable transponder features full C-and L-band tenability and is available in both +/-800-ps/nm and 1600-ps/nm configurations. The product can operate at up to 11.35 Gbits/sec and has a minimum extinction ratio of 12 dB and low power dissipation.

"We are pleased to have been selected by Optium for their new advanced SFF MSA tunable transponder," notes Neal Neslusan, AMCC's director of marketing. "Optium is clearly leading the tunable transponder market, and the S19252 enables their new SFF MSA product to deliver unmatched performance and flexibility for their customers. Customer wins of this nature validate the leadership position of AMCC's transport product line and the investments AMCC is making to develop the critical PHY technologies to enable cost effective solutions at 10G and beyond," he adds.

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