LISLE, Ill. ‚â€“ Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX and MOLXA) and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) are partnering at electronica 2008 (Hall B4 / Stand 336) to demonstrate a data transmission signal at 10.3 Gbps over one meter of copper backplane traces. The signal will be transmitted from an AMCC QT2225 dual 10GBASE-KR PHY IC and sent across the 1m copper channel in a Molex GbX I-Trac‚â„¢ backplane.
The result is a complete end-to-end 10 Gbps solution (server-to-backplane-to-server) with streaming video as the high-bandwidth application. This marks one of the first technological partnerships to carry out a simulation relevant to the emerging IEEE 802.3ap 10-gigabit Ethernet standard.
‚â€œMolex played an active role in the development of the10GBASE-KR backplane Ethernet standard,‚â€ said Ryan Price, global backplane product manager, Molex Incorporated. ‚â€œMolex and AMCC were the first in the industry to demonstrate the KR evaluation. ‚â€œAs the industry broadens its adoption of multi-GB systems, our partnership demonstrates real-world channel measurements over various PCB materials and layouts, continuing into the next generation of high-speed connectors and PHY products.‚â€
The Molex GbX I-Trac system offers superior impedance control, lower cross-talk and higher overall bandwidth. With its open pin-field design, the system gives engineers the flexibility to assign high-speed differential pairs, low-speed signals, power and ground contacts anywhere within the pin-field.
The QT2225 is a low power dual port XAUI-to-10GBASE-KR PHY IC designed for transmission of serial 10 Gbps Ethernet traffic over one meter of PCB/backplane. It includes integrated IEEE 802.3ap FEC with bypass and can operate in both 10GBASE-KR and 1000BASE-KX modes.
According to Gilles Garcia, director of marketing, AMCC, ‚â€œWe can offer a capacity increase of 4-10 channels per port to customers moving to 10 Gbps Ethernet for backplane connectivity. The maturity of this technology and applications will accelerate the adoption in enterprise data centers for server-to-server communication and blade server platforms.”
Visitors to the Molex stand (Hall B4 / Stand 336) at electronica 2008 will have the opportunity to view this demonstration first hand as well as speak to key product engineers about their project needs.
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