Mindspeed Optimizes Crosspoint Switches for Broadcast, Professional Video

11/18/2003 - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (AMEX: MND), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, announced the industry’s first 72x72 and 144x144 crosspoint switches optimized for broadcast video applications. The new devices are based on Mindspeed’s advanced switch architecture designed for high-speed optical networking applications, and are the company’s first products targeted at the broadcast video market.

By applying its expertise in developing high-speed, cost-effective network products, Mindspeed is expanding into adjacent markets with solutions for new applications.

“In extending our product line to support the unique requirements of the rapidly-emerging broadcast video market segment, we now offer the industry’s most complete digital switching product family for any asynchronous application,” said Tom Kapucija, senior product line manager for Mindspeed. “These products meet the special needs of broadcast video equipment while delivering all of the advantages of our field-proven crosspoint switches, including our robust Amplif-EyeTM signal-conditioning technology, built-in system test features, and PowerScalerTM power-conservation circuitry.”

“Mindspeed’s breadth of products provides us many options to allow ease of design and superior performance for our broadcast equipment systems,” said Masayuki Nakamichi, section manager, product development and planning, for Ikegami Electronics. “Their new video crosspoint offering enables us to provide our customers with state-of-the art systems while meeting time-to-market demands.”

The two devices support data rates up to 1.6 Gbps and are ideal for high- and standard-definition TV (HDTV and SDTV) production or serial-routing switcher systems. They feature superior power efficiency and advanced signal-conditioning capabilities while supporting scalable routing switcher matrices up to 1024x1024 ports.

Technical Details
Mindspeed’s 72x72 M21131V and 144x144 M21151V devices support data rates up to 1.6 Gbps on each channel, enabling any combination of SD (143 Mbps to 540 Mbps) or HD (1.4835 or 1.485 Gbps) digital video traffic. Third-generation programmable input equalization (IE) circuitry removes deterministic jitter and enables 1.6 Gbps signals to be received through 60 inches of FR4 PCB traces and four backplane connectors without any power penalty or bit errors, and output pre-emphasis circuitry further enhances backplane driving capability without consuming any additional power. The devices also include on-chip I/O termination and operate from a single power supply while delivering the industry’s lowest power consumption for their respective size and feature set – typically 6W for the M21131V and 12W for the M21151V with all channels configured and active.

The patented design of the M21131V and M21151V devices provides the necessary channel-isolation capabilities to eliminate crosstalk interference while maintaining low power consumption. The protocol-agnostic switches also support standard Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) data rates of 143, 177, 270, 360, 540, 1483.5/1485 Mbps, as well as any combination of 1x Fibre Channel (1.0625 Gbps), Gigabit Ethernet (1.25 Gbps) or other data rates below 1.6 Gbps.

Other features include Mindspeed’s PowerScaler power-conservation technology, which further reduces already-low power consumption by dynamically scaling switch settings, and SmartPowerTM, which enables unused portions of the devices to be disabled, either manually or automatically, without host overhead or intervention. Built-in test features are provided by a fourth-generation, fully independent pseudo-random bit sequence (PRBS) transmitter/receiver that eliminates the need for external equipment to test high-speed signal integrity, and a JitterMeterTM capability that allows the host controller to qualitatively measure the jitter of the incoming signal.

Mindspeed offers the industry’s most complete family of crosspoint switches across the full range of 2x2, 4x4, 17x17, 34x34, 68x68, 72x72 and 144x144 configurations, spanning data rates up to 5 Gbps. The family delivers a broad array of advanced signal-conditioning and power-management capabilities, and also includes the industry’s most highly integrated devices with fully integrated clock and data recovery (CDR) devices.

Pricing and Availability
The M21131V and M21151V devices are each packaged in an 1156-terminal, 35-mm ceramic ball grid array (CBGA) with a case temperature range of 0 C to 95 C. Per-unit OEM pricing in volumes of 1,000 is $495 for the M21131V and $950 for the M21151V. Evaluation modules, reference designs and samples are available now, with volume production scheduled to begin in January 2004.

About Mindspeed TechnologiesTM
With headquarters in Newport Beach, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide area networks. The company’s four key product families include high-performance analog transmission and switching solutions, multiservice access products designed to support voice and data services across wireline and wireless networks, T/E carrier physical-layer and link-layer devices, and ATM/MPLS network processors.

Mindspeed’s products are used in a wide variety of network infrastructure equipment including voice and media gateways, high-speed routers, switches, access multiplexers, cross-connect systems, add-drop multiplexers and digital loop carrier equipment. To learn more, visit the company at www.mindspeed.com.

About Ikegami Electronics
Ikegami Electronics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high quality professional broadcast equipment. Ikegami offers a broad range of TV cameras for ENG, EFP, Studio, HDTV, CCTV and Medical Imaging. Ikegami products have received various Emmy Awards for Engineering Excellence. The company’s universal High Definition TV Cameras have been widely accepted by the broadcast industry as it continues the change over to the High Definition Television Format.

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