Gennum Corporation

Gennum Corporation

April 06, 2009 09:01 ET

Gennum Introduces Video Optical Modules With Unprecedented Performance for 3 Gb/s SDI Video

Modules Designed From the Ground Up for Video Data Transport

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - Carrying forward its heritage of delivering exceptional solutions to the video broadcast market, Gennum Corporation (TSX:GND) today announced the world's first 3Gb/s SDI video optical receiver modules that can enable "zero penalty" pathological performance. Both the dual-channel and single-channel receivers will enable video broadcast equipment manufacturers to offer superior link robustness on their video broadcast products, such as cameras, routers and monitors, capable of transporting 3 Gb/s SDI video across optical links. The modules will be demonstrated at Gennum's booth at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (Booth #SU9111) being held April 18-23 in Las Vegas, along with a variety of other 3Gb/s solutions from Gennum.

The desire to send high-definition SDI video across longer distances has prompted the need for solutions capable of sending video across fiber optic networks; however, the components within traditional optical receivers were not designed with the intent of transmitting SDI video. Unlike mainstream data communication protocols, SDI video can contain pathological data patterns that result in serious performance degradation.

Last year, Gennum became the first company to deliver 3 Gb/s video optical modules with robust pathological performance. Today, Gennum extends this leadership and product offering with receiver modules providing a substantial 5 dB improvement in receiver sensitivity with 3 Gb/s pathological data.

"Broadcast customers have an ongoing desire for network robustness and our extensive background in this market enables us to deliver the optimized solutions they need," said Alex Bond, Senior Product Manager for Gennum Corporation. "Integrating the best of Gennum's video and optical component offerings, these new modules have been designed from the ground-up for video transport. As a result, they deliver the performance and features required to allow 3 Gb/s SDI optical transport to become pervasive throughout the video broadcast market."

Industry's Highest Performance Optical Receive Sensitivity

Gennum's two new video optical solutions comprise the GO2926 dual-channel and GO2916 single-channel receivers. The new receivers implement Gennum's patented transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) and receive optical sub-assemblies (ROSAs) to enable unprecedented receive sensitivity of -23 dBm at 3Gb/s for a PIN-based video optical receiver. Both modules are designed to receive optical serial digital signals and convert them to electrical serial digital signals as defined in SMPTE 297-2006. The modules support SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI.

Pin-compatible with Gennum's first-generation GO2920 modules, the GO2926 and GO2916 are available in a pluggable hot swappable industry standard SFP (small form pluggable) package.


The GO2926 3Gb/s dual-channel receiver and GO2916 3Gb/s single-channel receiver are expected to sample in May.

About Gennum's Video Timing and Transport Offerings

Gennum offers a broad portfolio of semiconductor solutions for the video equipment industry, including equalizers, cable drivers, reclockers, serializers, deserializers, clock generators and cleaners and embedded audio IP.

About Gennum

Gennum Corporation (TSX:GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores for the world's most advanced consumer connectivity, enterprise, video broadcast and data communications products. Leveraging the company's proven optical, analog and mixed-signal products and IP, Gennum enables multiimedia and data communication products to send and receive information without compromising the signal integrity. An award winner for advances in high definition (HD) broadcasting, Gennum is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Germany, United States, Taiwan, India and the United Kingdom.

Gennum and the Gennum logo are registered trademarks of Gennum Corporation. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) Gennum Corporation, 2009.

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