New Silicon Accommodates Multiple Protocols

Arthur Cole

New enabling technologies are rapidly pushing the multi-protocol device market for a wide range of communications devices, both inside and outside the data center.


Vitesse Semiconductor recently upped the ante with a new serialization/deserialization (SerDES) transceiver capable of 6.375 Gbps. The VSC3441 is capable of running everything from GbE and Fibre Channel to Infiniband and PCIe at multiple data rates starting as low as 125 Mbps.


The unit makes up for the impairments introduced by copper cables, backplanes and connectors with advanced equalization techniques, as well as Clock and Data Recovery (CDR). It also incorporates the company's VScope waveform viewing technology that offers real-time oscilloscope readouts of incoming data.


The device can be configured in various modes, such as a 20:1 or dual 10:1 SerDes units with redundant I/O, or even a quad 10:1 serializer or deserializer.


Volume shipments are expected in the fourth quarter with an expected list price of $32 apiece.

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