Tuesday, May 22, 2007

KeyEye and Methode to Jointly Develop 10GBASE-T Copper Modules

KeyEye Communications, which develops low-power semiconductor transceivers for 10 Gbps copper-media communications, and Methode Electronics will to jointly develop the industry's first 10 GbE copper MSA pluggable modules compatible with the short-reach, low-power mode of the IEEE 802.3an 10GBASE-T standard.

The companies said that while demand is rapidly growing to deploy field-configurable 10Gb servers and switches, building MSA pluggable modules that enable application-specific configurability presents major power dissipation, footprint and cost challenges. First-generation 100-meter 10GBASE-T ICs typically consume in excess of 10 Watts, offer inadequate signal margin, employ packaging that exceeds the industry-standard module footprint, and are only available at costs rivaling optical devices.

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