11 January 2010


GigOptix launches PMDs for flip-chip assembly

GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, which designs modulator and laser drivers and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) ICs based on III-V materials as well as polymer electro-optic modulators, has announced volume availability of flip-chip versions of all members of its HXT/R4 family of parallel physical media dependent (PMD) ICs.

GigOptix’s parallel HXT/R4 PMDs, available in both 4- and 12-channel variants, have been validated for use at extended data rates, allowing them to support multiple applications ranging from 5Gb/s to 12.5Gb/s per channel. The robustness of the design and the feature set of the HXT/R4 family allows an optimum tradeoff between power dissipation for each optical link, as demonstrated by running a 100m link with less than 100mW total power dissipation, says the firm.

“These devices support the request from the market for ever increasing performance and assembly yield while reducing the cost of the optical interconnects,” says Joerg Wieland, VP & general manager of the GigOptix-Helix subsidiary in Zurich, Switzerland. “Flip-chip technology is a further step in providing the best solutions in the market as data rates continue to rise.”

The firm adds that its HXT/R4 family of PMDs has been qualified using commercial standards accepted by telecom and datacom customers.

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