Infineon Dramatically Extends Reach of Legacy Multimode Fiber - Demonstrates XPAK Modules Supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet Over 300 Meters
The EDC-equipped Infineon XPAK optical module has shown the ability to transmit 10 Gbps data over up to 300 meters of virtually any grade of legacy multimode fiber. According to the IEEE 802.3 High Speed Study Group, more than 80 percent of the worlds current enterprise fiber infrastructure is based on this type of low-bandwidth multimode.
The EDC technology compensates for dispersion and other impairments that cause inter-symbol interference and performance degradation. Without EDC, end-users need to either deploy high-cost, high-bandwidth multimode fiber to reach 300 meters at 10 Gbps, or use a solution that requires multiplexing four separate lasers of different wavelengths, which results in greater complexity, higher power dissipation, increased costs and reduced reliability. The small-form-factor XPAK module with EDC gives users a compelling alternative to those approaches.
First samples of Infineons modules with integrated EDC will be available in the first half of 2004.
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2002 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 5.21 billion with about 30,400 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.