SOURCE: Mindspeed

November 17, 2008 08:30 ET

Mindspeed® Offers a Complete Line of Signal Conditioning Products

Cable and Backplane Products Expand Family of High-Speed, Low-Power Signal Integrity Products

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - November 17, 2008) - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced the addition of eight low-power cable and backplane equalizers, adding to its family of signal conditioners. Mindspeed's new two, four, eight and 12-channel signal conditioners operate at speeds up to 8.5 Gbps and are designed to enable the transmission of multi-gigabit serial data through the most challenging environments.

Mindspeed's multi-gigabit signal integrity products are designed to transparently pass out of band (OOB) and electrical bus idle (EBI) signals that are utilized in protocols such as SATA/SAS and PCI Express. The new signal conditioners include the M21450, a dual-channel backplane driver with adaptive equalization that automatically equalizes data at rates up to 6.5 Gbps. New four-channel, 4.25 Gbps products include the M21330 for cable applications and the M21351 for backplanes. The 4.25 Gbps M21352 and 8.5 Gbps M21482 eight-channel devices are complemented by the 4.25 Gbps M21353, M21443 and 8.5 Gbps M21483 12-channel backplane equalizers. The eight- and 12-channel devices provide a low-power (115mW per channel), economical solution for high-quality, backplane transmission over channels with over 20dB of loss at Nyquist at rates up to 8.5 Gbps.

"With one of the industry's broadest line of signal conditioning products, our customers can qualify our signal conditioning technology once and then select from a wide variety of devices as application needs arise," said Matthew Bolig, product line manager for Mindspeed's High-Performance Analog Division. "We are very excited that our extensive breadth of products also offers one of the industry's lowest power, smallest package sizes and most robust EBI/OOB performance."

All devices in the family support a wide range of protocols, including PCI Express, SAS, SATA, Infiniband, Fibre Channel and XAUI. All products also feature fully non-blocking switch matrices that can be used for redundancy, fail-over switching or to implement loopbacks and board-routing decongestion. The switching matrices are configurable via a two-wire software interface or programmable read-only memory (PROM) programming mode. Superior transmission quality is ensured through high boost equalizers and output drivers that offer programmable voltage swings, as well as de-emphasis in compliance with PCI Express specifications.

Pricing and Availability

Production shipments for all devices will commence in December 2008. Mindspeed's signal conditioners are manufactured using low-cost complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology for superior overall performance. Volume pricing ranges from $7.95 for the M21450 two-channel 6 Gbps device to $39.00 for the M21483, the 12-channel, 8.5 Gbps product.

About Mindspeed Technologies®

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, access, metropolitan and wide area networks.

The company's three 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, and WAN communications solutions including T/E carrier physical-layer and link-layer devices, as well as 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.

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Contact Information

  • Editorial Contact:
    Julie Zimmermann
    Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    (949) 579-4631