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6.5-Gbit/s signal conditioning family debuts

Newport Beach, Calif.—Mindspeed Technologies Inc. announced the first four devices in a family of low-power cable and backplane equalizers, also commonly known as signal conditioners.

Mindspeed's 4-, 8- and 12-channel signal conditioners operate at speeds up to 6.5-Gbit/s in support of the latest high-speed communications protocols.

The M21030 and the M21451 are four channel signal conditioners that feature the first adaptive equalizers to perform at speeds up to 6.5-Gbit/s for a variety of storage, server and communications applications.

Mindspeed's M21030 four-channel cable equalizer supports all newly rate-doubled versions of serial ATA (SATA), serial attached SCSI (SAS), PCI Express and Infiniband.

The M21030 consumes a low 550mW of power and can be used in a
variety of applications, including reach extension over twin-axial
cables and multi-gigabit interconnect over CAT5 cable. The device can
be installed on the line card or may be included as part of an active
cable solution for applications such as QSFP. The M21451 is a four
channel backplane equalizer that is ideal for applications where
different boards may occupy a given slot in a chassis thereby altering
properties of the communications channel.

Complementing Mindspeed's M21030 and M21451 devices are the
eight-channel M21452 and 12-channel M21453 backplane signal
conditioners that provide a low-power (115mW per channel), economical
solution for high-quality, backplane transmission over distances up to
40 inches across low-cost backplane materials such as FR-4 at rates up
to 6.5-Gbit/s. The products feature programmable equalizers that are
focused on environments where the nature of the transmission channel
is well defined and the ultimate focus is on power and scalability.

All devices in the family support a wide range of protocols,
including PCI Express, SAS, SATA, Infiniband, SONET and XAUI.
Additionally, they are designed to transparently pass out of band
(OOB) signaling that is utilized in protocols such as SATA/SAS. Data
rate support is continuous from 155-Mbit/s to 6.5-Gbit/s.

All products feature fully non-blocking switch matrices that can
be used for redundancy, fail-over switching or to implement loopbacks
and board-routing decongestion.

The M21030 cable driver and the M21451, M21452 and M21453 backplane signal conditioners are manufactured using low-cost complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. The M21030 and M21451 are packaged in small, 6 x 6 mm, 44 pin quad flat no-lead (QFN) package, while the M21452 and M21453 are packaged in a 10 x 10 mm QFN.

Pricing: In volume is $19.95 for the M21030, $12.95 for the M21451, $23.95 for the M21452, and $31.95 for the M21453.
Availability: Sampling.

Mindspeed Technologies, www.mindspeed.com

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