PMC-Sierra Demonstrates QuadPHY 10GX Interoperability with Agilent Kit

12/2/2003 - PMC-Sierra(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS - News) announced the PM2384-KIT QuadPHY® 10GX and its successful interoperability with Agilent Technologies' X2 1310nm optical transceiver on the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) and 10 Gigabit Fibre Channel (10G FC) evaluation kit. The QuadPHY 10GX evaluation kit is a comprehensive PC-based evaluation and development platform supporting 10GE and 10G FC applications, and interoperates with Agilent's X2 optical transceiver providing design engineers with increased reliability, faster time-to-market and reduced development costs.

"PMC-Sierra's collaboration with Agilent Technologies to deliver a 10 Gigabit development platform to designers of Ethernet and Fibre Channel storage networks is focused on demonstrating the interoperability of 10GE and 10G FC components," said Stuart Robinson, manager of Product Marketing and Applications, Enterprise and Storage Division, at PMC-Sierra. "The combination of our QuadPHY 10GX evaluation kit and Agilent's X2 optical transceiver provides our customers with an off-the-shelf, compact, low-cost, power-efficient 10 Gbit/s solution."

"Our X2 optical transceiver modules leverage Agilent's XENPAK technology to meet customers' cost, thermal and EMI performance requirements," said Antony Spilman, strategic marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "Collaborating with PMC-Sierra on the successful interoperability of our X2 optical transceiver with their QuadPHY 10GX evaluation kit demonstrates how quickly this technology has matured, and it clearly proves the compactness and robustness of 10 Gigabit optical interfaces."

Proven Interoperability Testing with 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 10
Gigabit Fibre Channel Evaluation Kit
The QuadPHY 10GX and Agilent X2 module achieved continuous error-free operation over a wide range of environmental conditions when tested with the evaluation kit. The QuadPHY 10GX evaluation card houses the QuadPHY 10GX and an FPGA for generating 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Fibre Channel traffic. The evaluation kit incorporates a Tyco Electronics Z-PACK HM-Zd connector and an X2 MSA compliant socket for X2 module interoperability testing. In addition, designers have the ability to exercise the entire range of QuadPHY 10GX and X2 module functionality from a Microsoft Windows GUI environment. The evaluation kit supports PMC-Sierra's PM8357 QuadPHY XR bi-directional XAUI retimer which is ideal for LX4 and CX4 X2 module applications.

Pricing and Support Package
The PM2384-KIT QuadPHY 10GX evaluation kit is priced at $3,250 each. A comprehensive support package, including an evaluation kit board layout and design documentation, FPGA VHDL source code, configuration scripts, application notes and user manual, is available. For more information about this evaluation system, contact a PMC-Sierra sales representative at or visit

About PMC-Sierra's PM8358 QuadPHY 10GX
The QuadPHY 10GX is PMC-Sierra's fifth-generation multi-gigabit serial technology and enables developers to optimize backplane signal integrity by fine-tuning transmitter pre-emphasis, receiver equalization and output voltage swing through over 36 programmable settings. The QuadPHY 10GX is a bi-directional XGMII to XAUI (10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface) transceiver with a fully redundant XAUI interface for working and protect switching architectures. The four channels of the device can be trunked to form a single logical link for SERDES of IEEE 802.3ae 10G Ethernet and T11 NCITS 10G Fibre Channel standard-compliant XAUI. Alternatively, the QuadPHY 10GX supports independent, lane-based operation running at 2.125 Gbit/s to 3.2 Gbit/s, addressing a broad range of applications such as OC-48 and InfiniBand 4X high-speed serial links. For more information, visit

About PMC-Sierra
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of high-speed broadband communications and storage semiconductors and MIPS-based(TM) processors for Enterprise, Access, Metro Optical Transport, Storage Area Networking and Wireless network equipment. The company offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit

QuadPHY is a registered trademark of PMC-Sierra, Inc. PMC-Sierra, PMC, PMCS and "Thinking you can build on" are trademarks of PMC-Sierra, Inc.

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