Monday, December 3, 2012

Cortina Debuts 28nm EDC PHY for Next Wave of Network Gear

Cortina Systems introduced its 28nm EDC PHY architecture designed to enable higher port counts and increased faceplate and backplane bandwidth for next generation data center, carrier and enterprise systems.  Significantly, Cortina's 28nm EDC PHY architecture also supports 100G and even 400G applications in data center, storage and high-performance computing.

Cortina's first product in this family is an Octal 15G Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) device featuring less than 1 nsec latency in a 17mm x 17mm package. The device operates over a frequency range from 1 to 15Gbps, supporting 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE, InfiniBand,  Fibre Channel, CPRI and OBSAI.  This includes supporting 16G Fibre Channel.

Cortina said the 28nm technology lowers power consumption by 50% over previous generations.  

The device, which is already sampling, is fully compliant to 10G SFP+, 802.3ba 40G and 100G nPPI, and nAUI specifications. It does not require external processors to control the convergence or dynamic adaption of the dispersion compensation. The CS4343 also integrates the auto-negotiation and coefficient training functionality for 40G CR4 applications, and rate negotiation 16G Fibre channel, for seamless interoperability with existing equipment.

“Data centers are being upgraded to handle the exponential growth in bandwidth. System vendors are looking for solutions to meet restrictive size, power, and density constraints,” said Scott Feller, director at Cortina Systems, Inc.  “28nm technology enables Cortina to develop a base platform architecture that meets system vendor requirements today and in the future while keeping a small foot print, increasing the supported data rate to 15G, while reducing power consumption by 50% over current production parts.”