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Equaliser/Driver/Retimer IC Addresses 10G SFP+ System Design

Tue, 02/03/2009 - 4:01am

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Phyworks PHY1066Suitable for ‘direct attach’ passive twin-ax copper cables and 10GBASE-SR optical modules, Phyworks’ PHY1066 equaliser, driver, and retimer IC enables host board designers to create 10-Gbps Ethernet SFP+ receive and transmit interfaces. The flip-chip, 36-pin, BGA-packaged component dissipates 0.68 W and drives up to 15 m of ‘direct attach’ passive SFP+ copper cable. The device’s hardware algorithms are said to remove the need for an external microcontroller and firmware code development. Loss of Signal and Loss of Lock alarms will enhance system monitoring, fed to a host controller by the driver’s selectable 2-wire or SPI interface, according to the company.  The PRBS and BERT functions can be integrated as a part of link set-up and test procedures. The unit is also suitable for use in active copper cable assemblies. Pricing is <$10 in volume.

Phyworks
+44 (0)117 344 5072, www.phyworks-ic.com

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