17 November 2010

Avago launches 120Gbps high-density parallel optical interconnects

At this week’s Super Computing 2010 (SC10) conference (16–19 November), Avago Technologies has launched a high-bandwidth, high-density parallel optic solution for short-range data and communication interconnect applications.

The new 12-channel embedded MiniPOD parallel optics transmitter and receiver modules support lane rates of up to 10Gbps for an aggregate bandwidth of up to 120Gbps. The small-footprint modules feature a low-cost, removable fiber cable connection and a pluggable electrical connection that provide flexible cable management at installation, simplifying design and lowering cost for switching and supercomputing applications.

The modules combine Avago’s 850nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology, PIN array technology, and integrated laser driver and receiver IC technology to provide robust electrical and optical performance at these high data rates. Using separate transmitter and receiver modules provides design flexibility and lowers the total solution cost for the optical interconnect, says Avago. Incorporating programmable equalization and de-emphasis into the modules' compact 22mm x 18.5mm form factor allow system designers to optimize dense board layouts with superior signal integrity and system margin, the firm adds.

“Our new MiniPOD 120 Gigabit optical interconnects offer a powerful combination of density, speed, performance and design flexibility,” says Tina Ohlhaver, marketing manager for fiber optic products. “Avago offers the market’s broadest range of high-density, high-bandwidth parallel optical interconnects, which allows us to meet unique customer layout and density needs,” she claims.

Avago is exhibiting high-density board layouts using its MicroPOD and MiniPOD technology at SC10.

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