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100G CMOS PHY/SerDes gearbox unleashed

13 Sep 2012

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Inphi Corp. has announced its 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes Gearbox (GB) ICs for next-generation data center, enterprise and service provider line cards. The IN112510 100G GB is geared for line cards, used alongside CFP2 or CFP4 modules, while the IN012510 100G GB is targeted at CFP module applications, detailed the company.

Built in a mature generic digital CMOS process and using mainstream ball grid array (BGA) packaging techniques, the Inphi GB ICs are built to support volume production while exceeding critical parameters in the IEEE 802.3ba, OIF-28G-VSR and ITU specifications.

Inphi's 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes GB is based on the unique and groundbreaking iPHY architecture that is purpose-built for client side networking interfaces that push the envelope on power, performance, integration, latency and cost. When compared to available competing SiGe and FPGA solutions, Inphi's GB consumes one-third the power and half the area making it ideal for high density front panel line card implementations, stated Inphi. Consuming less than 2.5W and housed in a 16 x 16mm package, Inphi's 100G GB is the´┐Żlowest power and smallest footprint CMOS GB IC in the industry.

Inphi's 100G platform IC solution, the 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes GB, and the IN2841TA transimpedance amplifier/limiting amplifier, will enable total solutions to easily upgrade to 100G client interfaces while retaining a lower carbon footprint.

The iPHY GB ICs are a single-chip, 100GBASE-xR4 and OTL4.4 10:4GB for high-density 100G line cards with 25-28Gb/s interfaces.

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