Quake Sampling QT2021, its Second-generation Monolithic 10 Gb/s transceiver for Ethernet and Fibre Channel

11/19/2002 - Quake Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in physical layer, mixed signal ICs for 10 and 40 Gb/s optical networks, announced availability of samples of the QT2021, its second-generation monolithic transceiver for 10.3 Gb/s IEEE 802.3ae Ethernet and 10.57 Gb/s Fibre Channel applications. Based on Quake’s first-generation QT2020 IC, this second-generation transceiver is sampling at the same time as storage and data network systems are being developed to respond to enterprise requirements for 10 Gb/s speed.

The QT2021 provides industry-leading performance. Jitter performance and rise and fall times have been improved by 50 percent over the QT2020, setting a new performance standard. These dynamics allow a greater than 65 percent eye margin over the IEEE and Fibre Channel requirements. The QT2021 consumes 1.5W less power than the QT2020.

“The QT2021 raises the bar for 10 Gb/s optical networking transceivers,” said Dan Trepanier, president and CEO of Quake Technologies. “Our second-generation QT2021 provides dramatically improved performance and significantly less power than our first-generation IC. The chip’s compliance with any XAUI interface module or line card gives Quake a strong position in the drive to supply module and system vendors with 10 Gb/s transceivers for the growing storage and data networking markets.”

The QT2021 is compliant with XENPAK, as well as newer XPAK, X2 and XFP multi-source agreements for next-generation 10 Gb/s module form factors. The QT2021’s open compatibility ensures network equipment manufacturers can easily integrate the QT2021 into modules or directly onto their line cards.

“With the ratification and improvement of industry standards and agreements, and the demonstrated interoperability between Quake and other key 10 Gb/s vendors such as PMC-Sierra, Texas Instruments and Velio Communications, enterprises now have a heightened confidence in deploying 10 Gig into data and storage networks,” said Trepanier.

The arrival of 10 Gb/s in storage and data networks
Market analysts and industry players are identifying storage and data networks as the largest growth areas for the optical transceiver market over the next few years.

10 Gb/s Ethernet has already begun to deploy in backbone connections. With an increasing number of 1 Gb/s Ethernet connections already in the enterprise, analysts expect 10 Gb/s Ethernet to soon be deployed into server farms and campus-wide environments. For Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), equipment vendors are developing high-end enterprise switch routers, network interface cards (NICs) and server adapter cards to suit higher speeds.

Enterprises are using Storage Area Networks (SANs) to access and share data, and are demanding scalable, robust networks with faster transmission rates. Compatible with Fibre Channel storage systems, the QT2021 enables equipment such as host bus adapters (HBAs) and network access storage (NAS).

A recent ElectroniCast Corp. market study indicated that the global use of 10 Gb/s data communication transceivers will rise from 2001’s $68.7 million to $3.26 billion in 2006.

Raising the bar with performance and features
As with the QT2020, the QT2021 integrates the main physical layer functions (PHY) of the receiver and transmitter onto a single chip. The QT2021 benefits from an advanced SiGe BiCMOS process technology for optimal performance, high level of integration and low power consumption delivered reliably over the full range of operating temperature and voltage. Quake’s electrical fiber side output features industry-leading low jitter mux output retiming and variable voltage line driving and exhibits excellent crosstalk isolation.

The QT2021 features adjustable XAUI and 10 Gb/s fiber side output levels. Its clock and data recovery (CDR) unit requires no external reference clocks, with both fiber side and XAUI side CDRs requiring only signals at the normal data input channels. The QT2021 can act as a Diagnostic Optical Monitoring (DOM) device to measure and report the state of the optical components, or can interface to another DOM device.

The QT2021 can operate both on a fiber optic module such as XENPAK, XPAK and X2, and directly on a line card with XFP. In both applications, the IC’s package design enables conventional heat sinking to remove heat from the top of the package thus allowing superb, consistent performance over the full temperature range. In addition, the QT2021 structure acts as a Faraday cage to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) emissions, and minimize susceptibility to radiation.

The QT2021 is footprint compatible with the QT2020, allowing seamless migration for module or line card designers to plug in either generation transceiver to their current designs. QT2021 can be ordered in either 19 X 19 mm2 or 15 X 15 mm2 package sizes.

Pricing and availability
Samples of the QT2021 are available priced at US $500 each for quantities of 1,000. Full production of the QT2021 is planned for Q3 2003.

About Quake Technologies
Quake Technologies is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in physical layer, mixed signal ICs for high speed optical networks. Quake’s feature-rich ICs offer the highest levels of integration plus performance to provide total system optimization. Applications include 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SONET/synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH), and Infiniband, targeting data networking and storage applications. Quake’s corporate headquarters are located in Ottawa, Canada, with sales and applications engineering based in San Jose, CA.

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