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Zarlink unrolls AMC optical extender for Serial RapidIO

Posted: 23 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Zarlink? ZLE60400? Serial RapidIO? AMC? optical extender card?

Zarlink's ZLE60400 AMC optical extender

Zarlink Semiconductor recently introduced an advanced mezzanine card (AMC) optical extender card. Available as both a reference design and ready-to-manufacture solution, the company said its ZLE60400 optical extender card reduces design time and complexity of optically enabled line cards used in signal processing, networking and communications equipment.

This optical extender card for Serial RapidIO delivers up to 25Gbps of Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) and microTCA system interconnect in a hot pluggable, standard AMC form factor.

Increasing demand for bandwidth-intensive, multimedia-rich web applications requires higher-speed system interconnects within networking and communications equipment. RapidIO technology eliminates potential traffic "bottlenecks" by defining an open-standard, scaleable architecture for chip-to-chip and circuit board-to-circuit board interconnects within wireless infrastructure, edge networking, storage, military and scientific equipment.

"As equipment manufacturers are pressured to meet higher-speed interconnect demands, the ZLE60400 optical extender card meets ATCA high-speed backplane and chassis requirements and allows Serial RapidIO to be brought 'out of the box'," said Dr. Marco Ghisoni, product manager for optical products at Zarlink Semiconductor. "Integrating Zarlink's parallel fiber optic module technology, ZLE60400 card provides scalable, high-throughput interconnections of beyond 100m within equipment racks, shelves and boards."

The standalone solution can be used with off-the-shelf processing and I/O boards to create both proof-of-concept, testing and development systems or a final system design. The ZLE60400 card supports a high degree of flexibility by interoperating with a range of industry-standard connectors, including AMC, SubMiniature version A (SMA) and Hardware Interoperability Platform. Optical interconnection is via industry-standard MPO/MTP connectorized optical fiber ribbon cable.

The ZLE60400 AMC optical extender card reference design is available immediately. Optical fiber ribbon cables are also available at request.

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