Infineon Unveils Industry's Smallest OC-192, 10Gb/s Optical Transponder

Mar 8, 2000 | Technology Media

Infineon Technologies, a leading supplier of high-speed optical transmission products, today announced the industry’s smallest OC-192 transponder for SDH/SONET environments. The new device is a critical link to highly reliable, local and regional data networks that are four times faster than today’s standard OC48 solutions.

The V23827-T18-C530 OC192 transponder links high-end routers to metropolitan networks at transmission speeds of 10Gb/s over a distance of up to 10km. Electrical parallel data (data and clock) of 16:1 LVDS (Low Voltage-Differential Signal) is transmitted at a data rate 622Mb/s over 16 channels. The module features low power consumption of only six watts. A directly modulated DFB (Distributed Feed Back) laser does not require internal cooling. Thanks to Infineon’s uncooled DFB laser, the device measures only 75 mm X 42 mm X 15 mm, making it the smallest 10Gb/s solution currently available.

“We are happy to offer OC-192/STM-64 networking capacity directly to emerging carriers and local Internet Service Providers (ISP) networks,” said Jens Fiedler, program manager for fiber optics at Infineon. “This transponder is key to applying fiber optics solutions that will break down the barriers that slow down the Internet and other data transport. By using our smallest OC-192 solution, system providers can offer a high-port density that will enable terabit data transmission.”

The Infineon transponder has a transmission range of 10km and features a low power consumption of only six watts. It converts the 16-bit wide electrical input coming from the Framer chip into a 10Gb/s serial optical data stream. The receiver section converts the serial optical data stream back into the 16 LVDS-compliant channels. The device incorporates high-frequency PLL (Phase Locked Loop) for clock generation and recovery and meets the specification for OC-192 SR data transmission proposed by OIF (Optical Internetworking Forum). The transponder will be available for sampling 3Q00.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor solutions for applications in the wireless and wired communications markets, for the automotive and industrial sectors, for security systems and chip cards as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, and in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore. In the fiscal year 1999 (ending September), the company achieved sales of EUR 4.24 billion (US $ 4.51 billion) with 25,800 employees worldwide.

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