Sunday, February 12, 2012

Vitesse Announces 10G 72x72 Crosspoint Switch

Vitesse Semiconductor has expanded its connectivity signal integrity portfolio with the addition of he industry's first 10G asynchronous 72x72 port crosspoint switch.

The new Vitesse VSC3172-12 is aimed at network equipment applications ranging from broadcast video to data centers and enterprise storage. The device leverages Vitesse's unique FlexEQ technology to offer equalization that is programmable on a global or per-channel basis. FlexEQ enables a superior level of signal integrity engineering, allowing maximum design flexibility in addressing signal integrity issues at the board and system level, thus improving the overall system jitter margin. Designed for equipment types requiring less than 772 Gbps aggregate bandwidth, the VSC3172-12 delivers up to 40% PCB board area savings versus comparable solutions. This simplifies high-speed signal routing with a smaller footprint solution and improves time-to-market.

The VSC3172-12 is fully protocol agnostic and operates up to 10.709 Gbps. The device features full support for Forward Error Correction (FEC) rates, as well as backwards compatibility to legacy data rates. Additionally, it provides a lower power and smaller size alternative to expensive protocol aware 10G switches to perform functions such as high speed signal fan-out, loopback, protection switching and equalization.

The VSC3172-12 is currently an packaged in a 33-sq-mm, 613-pin, lead-free FCBGA.