Inphi Reports Production Readiness of Second Generation 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes Gearbox IC

Inphi, a leading provider of high-speed, mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets, today announced the production availability of its second generation 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes Gearbox (GB) IC for data center, enterprise and service provider line cards.

Delivering production ready silicon six months from initial product announcement, the new GB ICs with Inphi’s Tri-Rate™ foundation enables seamless support of 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet and OTN on a single line card.

This second generation Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes is available in two variants:

  • IN112510-LD 100G GB for line cards, used alongside CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28 modules
  • IN111010-LD 10x10G Retimer for line cards, used alongside SFP+, QSFP+ and CXP modules

“Inphi has not only established itself as a clear leader in the 100G connectivity product space with multiple product firsts over the last three years, but is also establishing a track record of taking these products to production with first pass silicon within six to 12 months of initial product launch,” said Siddharth Sheth, vice president of marketing for Inphi’s high-speed connectivity products. “Announcing production readiness of our second generation line card GB well in advance of volume ramps at our multiple system OEM customers will help minimize risk as they get ready for production shipments of their 1T line card solutions.”

Built on top of the foundation of Inphi’s first generation PHY/SerDes GB the IN112510-LC which has been available for more than a year, the second generation Inphi GB ICs offer a risk mitigated solution that has been battle tested for critical performance parameters in the IEEE 802.3ba, SFF-8431, OIF-28G-VSR and ITU specifications. Inphi announced the product launch of its second generation 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes GB with Tri-Rate in March at OFC 2013.

Inphi’s 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes GB is based on the unique and groundbreaking iPHY™ architecture, which is built for client side networking interfaces that push the envelope on power, performance, integration, latency and cost. Consuming as low as 2.3-W, latency < 15-ns and Rj <180fs rms, Inphi’s new IN112510-LD is the lowest power, highest performing CMOS PHY/SerDes GB IC in the industry.

According to Seamus Crehan, president and founder of Crehan Research, “A new wave of 1Terabit data center and service provider line cards with 10G, 40G and 100G support are expected to launch in 2014 as second generation CFP optics and IC solutions get commercialized. This pivotal announcement from Inphi for their second generation GB IC will give them a leg up as 100G deployments in data centers get started over the next year.”

Inphi Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes GB Now Generally Available
The second generation iPHY PHY/SerDes is a single-chip, low-power PHY for 10:4 GB and 10:10 retimer applications. These cover 10G, 40G, 100G Ethernet and OTN high-density line cards with 10G and 25-28 Gbps electrical interfaces. Other technical features include:

  • IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4/ER4 to CAUI Gearbox
  • 100GASE-SR10 Retimer IEEE 802.3ae
  • 10GBASE-SR/LR/ER Retimer (10 lanes)
  • IEEE 802.3ba 40GBASE-SR4/LR4 Retimer (2 lanes)
  • Tri-Rate Support Allows Seamless Support of 10/40G/100G on a Single Line Card
  • High Resolution Eye-scan (iSCAN™) Tool
  • Link Monitor Kit – Protocol and Lane Snooping Capabilities
  • Several Integrated Test Features for Lab, System and Production Test
  • Adaptive Receive Equalization on 10/28G Interface
  • Programmable Transmit Equalization

Come See Us at the ECOC 2013 Conference
Inphi is showcasing its latest Tri-Rate Gearbox PHY/SerDes offering interoperating with CPAK, CFP2 and CFP optical modules in a 100G LR4 ecosystem along with other Inphi 100G platform level solutions in its booth #263 at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) on September 23-25, 2013 at the ICC London ExCel, UK. These demos will be shown by appointment only.


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