Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced the expansion of its industry-leading crosspoint portfolio with 160x160, 48x48, 36x36 and 24x24 devices that further extend the world's broadest line of crosspoint switches. Today’s ultra-time-sensitive applications demand very low latency that wide area networks and data centers need to address. An example is financial trading, where low latency is required for running an efficient, competitive market, and is viewed as a competitive advantage that delivers increased profits for firms which can execute transactions faster than their competitors. In such applications, latency is a frequently used metric that determines the necessary network and system architecture driving the use of crosspoints where port-based switching is required. Mindspeed®’s crosspoints utilize high-performance analog process technology, enabling at-speed port switching, eliminating the need for SerDes devices and memory required for store-and-forward packet switching scheme, thus reducing latency, power consumption and cost. In addition, they feature Mindspeed's advanced signal-integrity management technology that delivers signal transmission speeds up to 12.5 Gbps. This signal conditioning technology enables storage, server and networking systems to support the industry's migration to higher data rates over backplanes and cabling media. The new devices further extend the industry's broadest offering of crosspoint switch switches spanning 2x2 to 288x288 matrix sizes. For communications applications, the switches support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, optical transport channel unit 2 (OTU2), 8G and 10G Fibre Channel, 12.5 Gbps for two times RXAUI and proprietary data rates. "Mindspeed continues to demonstrate its leadership in high-growth markets where low-latency switching and signal integrity is an increasingly difficult challenge," said Gary Shah, vice president of product marketing, high-performance analog (HPA) business unit, at Mindspeed. "Our crosspoint switching products are a cost effective alternative to packet switches in wide area networks and data center applications."
Mindspeed will be showcasing these new crosspoints at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference ( OFC/NFOEC 2013), from March 19-21, 2013, in booth number 1174 at the Anaheim Convention Center.Technical Details Mindspeed's under two nanosecond latency crosspoint switches feature integrated signal-conditioning technology that enables them to send error-free data at high data rates over difficult channels by compensating for signal losses accumulated across long board traces. Ideal for high-speed backplane switching applications, Mindspeed's signal-conditioning technology not only improves system margin for reliable data transmission, but also enables system designers to use lower-cost board materials and components. The M21024, M21036 and M21048 support switch matrix densities of 24x24, 36x36 and 48x48 respectively and operate at data rates up to 11.8Gbps. The M21605 device is a 160x160 switch operating up to 12.5Gbps. The input equalizer is capable of compensating up to 27 decibels (dB) of loss. The devices also feature ultra-low jitter, which is a critical requirement for crosspoint switches of this speed and size. Its transmit drivers feature output pre-emphasis and adjustable swing for link optimization. Availability The devices are available now and are packaged as follows: M21024 in 21x21 millimeter (mm), M21036 in 23x23 mm, M21048 in 27x27mm and M21605 in 45x45 mm ball grid array (BGA). About Mindspeed TechnologiesMindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe. To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.