SOURCE: Mindspeed Technologies, Inc

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc

April 22, 2009 18:15 ET

Mindspeed® Unveils Industry's Largest Crosspoint Switch

New 6.5 Gbps Capable 160x160 Crosspoint Switch Provides 20 Percent More Switching Paths

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, today announced the expansion of its crosspoint switch portfolio with the addition of a 160x160, 6.5 Gbps asynchronous crosspoint switch. Built upon three generations of industry leading crosspoint switches, this device is the largest of its kind, providing 25,600 unique switching paths on a single die.

The fully non-blocking crosspoint switch is protocol agnostic, with each independent channel robustly operating at any data rate up to 6.5 Gbps. The device is ideally suited for a wide variety of applications such as broadcast video routing and switching, blade server, storage and dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM). Implemented in small geometry complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS), the large crosspoint switch is the ideal low power solution for large systems.

"This product represents Mindspeed's dedication to innovation in crosspoint development," said Kurt Busch, senior vice president and general manager of Mindspeed's high-performance analog products. "This state of the art, low-power CMOS device is not only the largest crosspoint switch, but it also offers the highest level of signal integrity and performance."

Each input features individually programmable input equalization to compensate losses accumulated across the backplane. In addition, all outputs provide output de-emphasis, programmable on a per lane basis. These signal conditioning features are very critical for maintaining signal integrity for high-speed designs system implementations.

Technical Details

The M21165 160x160 crosspoint switch can be configured to switch each channel as individual lanes (lane mode) or in a group of 4 channels (group mode) with low intra-channel skew. The various options of the crosspoint switch and the switch state can be configured with registers accessed through both two-wire and four-wire serial interfaces, or through a parallel interface, offering ultimate flexibility.

The device requires a 1.2V core supply, while the input and output drivers may be powered by a 1.2V or 1.8V supply. When a 1.2V supply voltage is used, the M21165 typically consumes 22W.

The crosspoint switch also features individual, per lane, loss of signal alarms, as well as integrated temperature sensors, easing failure diagnosis.

Pricing and Availability

The M21165 is available for sampling today with production sales targeted for the calendar third quarter of 2009. In prototype quantities, the M21165 is priced at $1200.

A live system application demonstration of the M21165 is on display at the Mindspeed Booth #SU3404 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, held at Las Vegas Convention Center, April 20, 2009 through April 23, 2009.

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

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Andrea D. Williams
    Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
    (949) 579-3111