Agilent Technologies Announces Production Availability of Crosspoint Switch IC

10/1/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced the production availability of its digital crosspoint switch integrated circuit (IC), which is designed for very high bandwidth networking systems used in the Metro core. The crosspoint switch IC adds to Agilent's line-up of switching products for storage and networking applications, including an 8-port, 4x InfiniBand switch IC.

The Agilent HDMP-3268 non-blocking crosspoint switch IC is a 68-by-68 port device designed to route data in high-performance core network equipment, such as optical cross-connects, add-drop multiplexers, backplane interconnects for large Fibre Channel and ATM switches, and scalable optical switch fabrics. Each data channel supports speeds up to 3.2 Gb/s, providing total throughput of over 200 Gb/s. The crosspoint switch, combined with Agilent's 12-channel parallel optics modules (HFBR-712BP transmitter and HFBR-722BP receiver), comprise Agilent's full data-path solution for switch fabrics up to 2,048 by 2,048 in size.

"Agilent's low jitter crosspoint switch IC simplifies the design of high-capacity switch fabrics via direct coupling to additional crosspoint switches," said Martin Scott, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Storage and Networking Division. "Equipment manufacturers also appreciate the system flexibility our switch IC provides through its easy interfacing to the backplane or parallel optics transceivers."

Product Features
All of the HDMP-3268's 68 inputs are capable of multicast/broadcast to any or all of the 68 outputs, offering maximum flexibility for system designers. Its programmable high-speed output signal amplitude optimizes drive levels for system environment, improving signal integrity and reducing crosstalk and power consumption. The device's programmable input equalization optimizes input filtering for good signal integrity. Two independent configuration registers allow simultaneous multiple channel reconfiguration for more seamless switching.

The HDMP-3268's output voltage levels are programmable from 0.55 V to 1.05 V. It provides SSTL-2 and LVTTL-compatible inputs and outputs on the programming bus and the control signals. The IC provides low jitter and high signal integrity, and operates from a single supply voltage of 2.5 V. It's implemented in a high performance, low power BICMOS process, and is packaged in a 400-pin high-performance ball grid array. The package's 1.27 mm footprint pitch makes board layout and manufacturing easy, and conforms to Bellcore standards.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent HDMP-3268 is priced at approximately $950 per chip in quantities of 1,000. It is available in production volumes through Agilent's distribution partners.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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