DesignCon 2004 Reveals World's First 10Gbps Backplane Reference Design

2/3/2004 - At DesignCon 2004, Winchester Electronics and Interconnect Technologies, business units of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) demonstrated the world's first implementation of a fully functioning 10 Gbps backplane reference design, manufactured using Winchester's SIP1000 I-PlatformTM Passive Interconnect Technology, Interconnect Technologies' printed circuit board design and fabrication expertise, along with Xilinx® Virtex-II ProTM X FPGAs, and tested using Agilent 10 Gbps test and measurement equipment. Consistent with the I/O technology detailed in the UXPi standard, the companies demonstrated that 10 Gbps backplanes can be manufactured with off-the-shelf products and services available today from Winchester Electronics, Interconnect Technologies, and Xilinx.

"The inherent scalability and cost advantages of high-speed serial make this technology imperative for current and next-generation telecommunications, networking, and storage applications," said Erich Goetting, vice president and general manager of the Advanced Product Group at Xilinx. "Today's demonstration proves that Xilinx RocketIO technology continues to push the envelope; backplanes can be built today that support 5G, 6.25G and 10G serial rates, allowing tomorrow's backplanes to be built and deployed today."

"At DesignCon 2003, Winchester demonstrated SIP1000 I-PlatformTM passive interconnect technology to prove that 10 Gbps backplane transmission in copper is possible," said Michael P. Driscoll, president, Winchester Electronics." The passive channel technology we are demonstrating at DesignCon 2004 will serve as a solid base upon which transceiver technologies for data rates of 20 Gbps and beyond will be built. Northrop Grumman has raised the bar for interconnect technology companies, which will have to deliver performance along the whole channel through the PCB interface. The days of just selling connectors and printed circuit boards are gone and the days of selling channels have arrived. The reference design demonstrated in concert with Xilinx® Virtex-II ProTM X FPGAs proves that 10 Gbps in copper is a reality today."

About SIP1000 I-PlatformTM Passive Interconnect Technology
SIP1000 I-PlatformTM is the world’s first true interconnect platform designed to enable 10 Gbps+ serial data transmission in copper backplanes without the need for active equalization techniques. Conceived as a passive system-level interconnect, the SIP1000 I-PlatformTM seeks to reset the balance between the passive and active elements in what have become known as "active interconnect systems" by delivering a revolutionary new interconnect technology architecture that provides solutions for ultra high-speed, high-density differential applications. This architecture enables solutions to challenges faced by high-speed design for data transmission over copper, by greatly reducing channel impedance and cross talk, and elimination of differential skew.

About Northrop Grumman Winchester Electronics
Northrop Grumman Winchester Electronics is a premier provider of high-speed, high-bandwidth interconnect products, including board-to-board connectors, RF connectors, cable assemblies, and power interconnects to the telecommunications, electronics and information technology industries. Winchester supports the specific needs of its customers globally with technical Centers of Excellence in Connecticut, Mexico, China and Malaysia. For more information, visit

About Northrop Grumman Interconnect Technologies
Northrop Grumman Interconnect Technologies designs and manufactures complex, technology-driven, high-performance electrical and electro-optical printed circuit boards and backpanel assemblies through cabinet-level integration to the world's leaders in the electronics industry. Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, it has operations in Scotland, China, and Malaysia. For more information, visit

About Xilinx Virtex-II Pro Platform FPGAs
The recently introduced Virtex-II Pro X family is the world's first FPGA to offer embedded 10 Gbps multi-gigabit transceivers. The new devices extend the current Virtex-II Pro family by supporting data rates up to 10.3125 Gbps. By removing perceived obstacles in the adoption of high-speed serial design, Xilinx expects to enable thousands of new designs for its Virtex-II Pro and Virtex-II ProX FPGAs. With over 10,000 worldwide customer engagements, Virtex-II Pro FPGAs have seen rapid adoption in a wide range of applications.

About Serial Tsunami
Today's announcement represents a major milestone in the Xilinx Serial Tsunami initiative, and further extends the company's leadership position in high-speed serial solutions. The Xilinx Serial Tsunami initiative is designed to accelerate the industry move from parallel to serial I/O technology by delivering next-generation connectivity solutions that meet bandwidth requirements from 3.125 Gbps today to 10.3125 Gbps and beyond. For complete information about the Serial Tsunami initiative, visit

About XilinxTM Xilinx is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit

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