Inphi has announced the launch of its second-generation 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes Gearbox (GB) IC for data center, enterprise and service provider line cards.
The new GB ICs with Inphi's Tri-Rate foundation is touted as having the ability to deliver the industry's most aggressive power and performance metrics. These solutions also enable seamless support of 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet and OTN on a single line card.
Inphi is currently offering this second-generation Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes in two variants. The first is IN112510-LD 100G GB for line cards, which is used alongside CFP2, CFP4 and QSFP28 modules.
The other variant is the IN111010-LD 10x10G Retimer for line cards, which can be used alongside SFP+, QSFP+ and CXP modules.
The second generation 100G CMOS PHY/SerDes Gearbox (GB) IC caters to data center and enterprise networks.
“Targeting our GB into this market segment with our Tri-Rate PHY offering, will allow Inphi to tap into the hyper-growth of 10G and 40G interfaces while 100G interfaces gradually ramp up in volume,” said Siddharth Sheth, vice president of marketing for Inphi's high-speed connectivity products.
The second-generation Inphi GB ICs are built on top of the foundation of Inphi's first-generation PHY/SerDes GB the IN112510-LC. These ICs have the ability to support Tri-Rate line cards and can exceed critical performance parameters in the IEEE 802.3ba, SFF-8431, OIF (News - Alert)-28G-VSR and ITU specifications.
"The data center switch market is witnessing a lot of port count growth for 10G and 40G," said Seamus Crehan, president and founder of Crehan Research. "By targeting its Tri-Rate PHY/SerDes technology for the 10G, 40G and 100G market segments, Inphi should benefit from this growth as data center operators are able to seamlessly transition across these port speeds with this Tri-Rate architecture."
Inphi provides high-speed, mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets. The company was in the news last month for presenting at the Piper Jaffray Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.