PMC-Sierra Introduces Four-Port 1.0625 and 2.125 Gigabit-Per-Second CMOS Fibre Channel SERDES for Storage Area Networking Market

10/1/2002 - PMC-Sierra introduced its new PM8356 QuadPHY® FC Fibre Channel SERDES device for the Storage Area Networking (SAN) market, adding to the company's multi-channel, Gigabit Serializer/Deserializer (SERDES) product line for enterprise networking equipment. To address the growing markets opportunities for 1.0625 or 2.125 Gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) multi-port transceivers in Fibre Channel switches, PMC-Sierra has leveraged its high-speed, low-power, 0.18 micron CMOS SERDES technology to address Fibre Channel system performance requirements. The new, fully-redundant, four-channel QuadPHY FC incorporates programmable pre-emphasis, receive equalization and integrates external passive components. The QuadPHY FC solution provides system vendors with increased signal integrity, up to 80 percent power savings, up to 70 percent board area reduction and reduced overall system cost, while addressing the emerging 2G Fibre Channel class of networked storage equipment.

"Our move into the SAN market continues PMC-Sierra's expansion into the growing Enterprise-IT market segment," said Mark Stibitz, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Enterprise and Storage Division. "Our multi-port CMOS SERDES devices have been designed into multiple customer systems to date, including some of the most demanding and highest volume gigabit SERDES sockets in the enterprise switch segment. The QuadPHY FC device extends our capability into storage network applications."

CMOS SERDES Ideal for Fibre Channel Directors and Fabric Switches
The QuadPHY FC is ideal for both Fibre Channel transceivers and serial backplane applications. The device increases overall SAN performance with four independent, rate selectable, bi-directional 1.0625 or 2.125 Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports to an ANSI standard Fibre Channel High-Speed Parallel Interface (FC-HSPI). Integrated capabilities include serializer/deserializer, clock recovery, clock synthesis, byte alignment logic and internal pattern generator/comparator for system test and diagnostics. For mission critical storage systems, the QuadPHY FC offers a fully redundant architecture to provide working and protect high-speed differential links. Maximum signal integrity performance over a wide range of applications is provided through programmable pre-emphasis, receive equalization and integrated receive/transmit termination and capacitive coupling. PMC-Sierra is an active member of the Fibre Channel Industry Association and is helping to shape the direction of Fibre Channel technology for reliable storage area networks.

Pricing, Availability and Customer Support
The PM8356 QuadPHY FC, quad 1.0625 and 2.125 Gbit/s Fibre Channel transceiver is priced at $44 in 1KU and is available for volume shipments in Q4, 2002. Packaged in a small 23 x 23 mm2 footprint, thermally enhanced 324-pin PBGA, the device is suited for a wide temperature range.

About PMC-Sierra's SERDES Product Family
PMC-Sierra's multi-port, CMOS SERDES devices have achieved acceptance in the communications equipment market for high-speed serial backplane and line card applications such as in Enterprise switches and routers. The PM8355 QuadPHY II SERDES device offers the industry's widest range of 10 Gigabit serial backplane operation, from 1 Gbit/s to 3.125 Gbit/s, while supporting IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standard, Fibre Channel and Infiniband (2.5 Gbit/s) optical applications. The 8-channel PM8352 OctalPHY® 1G and the 4-channel PM8354 QuadPHY 1G SERDES devices for high-speed serial backplanes and Gigabit Ethernet transceivers are ideal for systems requiring large numbers of point-to-point redundant links.

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high speed broadband communications semiconductors and MIPS-based processors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment that makes up the backbone of the Internet. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company's quality system is registered with the Quality Management Institute to the ISO 9001 standard. As co-founder of the SATURN® Development Group, PMC-Sierra works with over 30 other member companies to define and develop interoperable, standard-compliant solutions for high speed networking applications.

PMC-Sierra is included in the S&P 500 Index which consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation and in the NASDAQ-100 Index (NDX) which contains the largest non-financial companies on the NASDAQ Stock Market. PMC-Sierra is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol.

OctalPHY®, QuadPHY®and SATURN®are registered trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc. PMC-SierraTM is a trademark of PMC-Sierra, Inc.

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