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Rambus rolls 6.4Gbps backplane serial link cell

Posted: 01 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:raser v? serial link cell? 6.4gbps backplane link? raser technology? networking cell?

Rambus Inc. has announced the availability of a 6.4Gbps version of its RaSer V Serial Link cell, enabling networking, server, and storage system manufacturers to double their system switching capacity while maintaining the same number of traces on the backplane.

"We expect the backplane market to increase substantially over the next three years," said Jeremy Donovan, VP and chief analyst at Gartner Dataquest. "Factors that are driving the enterprise switch market include increasing bandwidth demands, introduction of new storage and server blades and traction of Gigabit Ethernet technology in the desktop market."

Backward compatible with the 3.2Gbps cell, the RaSer V 6.4Gbps cell has a serial data rate ranging from 2.5Gbps to 6.4Gbps and is claimed by the company to provide an easier integration into ASICs and ASSPs. The cell also includes multi-tap Tx/Rx equalization and calibrated termination resistors

Rambus' RaSer technology is a PHY layer offering designers a scalable serial link architecture to addresses current and future serial link applications requiring the highest bandwidth. The technology can be employed into WAN router and switch backplanes, Gigabit and 10GbE, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and fiber-optic network interfaces.

The RaSer cells are offered as an analog core library cell, for ASIC and ASSP designs, and contains a serializer, transmitter, receiver, deserializer, and clock recovery circuitry.

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