AMCC Launches SONET / SDH / 10GE PHY Chips

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) announced three new families of PHY products at the opening of the annual OFC/NFOEC Conference in Anaheim. All devices offer enhanced feature sets, reduced power dissipation, smaller foot prints and significant cost reductions. These products will be deployed in legacy networks as well as in new architectures where 10 Gigabit Ethernet convergence is taking place.

“This announcement has major implications for our addressed markets,” said Mitch Kahn, vice president of marketing, transport products at AMCC. “First, we want to re-emphasize to our OEM and ODM customers that they can continue to count on AMCC as the supplier of choice for advanced communication ICs for the telecom industry; and second, as a result of the acquisition of Quake Technologies, AMCC will maintain a market leadership position as a developer of 10 Gigabit datacom and telecom PHYs.”

S19250 and S19252 are 10G SONET/SDH/10GbE/10G Fibre Channel SerDes devices with an SFI-4 interface. Both products cover the entire 9.95 Gbps to 11.3 Gbps data range. While the S19250 is a drop-in replacement for earlier versions of AMCC 10G transceiver devices, the S19252 offers a variety of new features such as electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) for single mode fiber, DuoBinary Encoding, 10 GHz serial clock output and pre-emphasis for SFP+ applications. These new devices are designed to optimize 300 pin MSA module performance as well as be a perfect match for line card applications in conjunction with XFP or SFP+ optical modules.

S4882 and S4886 are the first members of a new family of true 10 Mbps to 4.25 Gbps continuous rate transceivers and CDR(TM) devices. The frequency range covers all telecom and datacom rates from 10 Mbps Ethernet up to 4 Gbps Fibre Channel. Only a single reference clock is needed and the variable bus width (4/8/10 bit) of the transceiver (S4882) provides a glueless interface to legacy ASICS or FPGAs. The small package sizes, low power dissipation and highly programmable features make these devices ideal for traditional telecom and datacom markets as well as for wireless, automation and testing applications.

The S1216 and S1217 are single channel CDR/Transceiver devices designed to be implemented at the front end of SONET/SDH equipment that runs at OC-3 and OC-12 rates. The small package sizes, low power dissipation and transceiver functions such as Frame Detect, LOS and LOF make AMCC’s offering very attractive for OC-3/12 line card designs or as replacement options for parts that have reached end of life (EOL) status.

Each of the products is now commercially available.

About AMCC
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC(TM) processing, optical transport and storage solutions. Our products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity storage. AMCC’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.