GigOptix to supply chipset for use in 40G AOC applications
The advanced feature set of the HXT/R4 family enables customers to optimise the trade-off between power dissipation and performance of the optical link.
GigOptix, a supplier of high performance electronic and electro-optic components that enable next generation 40G and 100G optical networks, has announced that a Taiwanese optical engine manufacturer has entered production with GigOptix’s HXT/R4 chipset.
The chipset will be used in a 40G Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) Active Optical Cable (AOC) application.
GigOptix's HXT/R4 chipset has been designed to support multiple applications ranging from 5Gb/s to 10Gb/s per channel. The advanced feature set of the HXT/R4 family enables customers to optimise the trade-off between power dissipation and performance of the optical link. This has been successfully demonstrated by transmitting data over a 100m link with less than 100mW total power dissipation.
Moreover, GigOptix’s unique architecture enables customers to examine the detailed status of their product after the fibre has been attached. This functionality allows customers to more easily test and monitor the operation of the VCSEL and Photo Diode devices within the optical engine leading to significant cost savings.
Jay de la Barre, GigOptix’s Vice President of Global Sales stated, “We believe that our HXT/R4 chip-set will be key to enabling 40G optical engines for the high volume supercomputing and consumer markets. We are very excited to work with pioneering companies using innovative silicon bench technology along with our VCSEL driver and receiver array chip-set to take their solutions to production.”
The HXT/R4 chip-set is designed for use in Infiniband AOC, SNAP12 and QSFP optical modules while serving the fast growing markets of high performance computing optical interconnects, switch and router optical backplanes and the emerging 40G and 100G Ethernet standards.