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Intel passes 20Gbps signaling, reports SiliconPipe

Posted: 18 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SiliconPipe? Intel? signaling? circuit trace? interconnect?

Researchers at Intel Corp. have achieved 20Gbps signaling rates over flexible circuit traces between chips, according to SiliconPipe Inc., a company founded in 2002 to develop copper interconnect technology.

SiliconPipe said the fact that Intel was researching and achieving these high-speed results was an endorsement of SiliconPipe's own research into flexible interconnect.

The Intel technical paper, authored by a team of scientists and engineers from facilities in the United States was presented at the Electronic Component and Technology Conference in San Diego, California in May.

The authors concluded that, "20Gbps signaling on channels of relevant lengths is possible," according to SiliconPipe. However, the authors also said: "We are not ready to introduce flex I/O into any mainstream products," SiliconPipe said.

"In our demonstration vehicle, code named Sidewinder, our team showed it possible to send signals at 10Gbps over distances up to 30-inches through two connectors and do so using less than 2 percent of the anticipated transmission power while maintaining a 60 percent timing margin," said Joseph Fjelstad, cofounder and chief executive officer of SiliconPipe, in a statement.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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