Mindspeed Enables High-Density 100 Gigabit Systems with a Family of Lowest-Power 28G Clock and Data Recovery Devices

  Mindspeed Enables High-Density 100 Gigabit Systems with a Family of
  Lowest-Power 28G Clock and Data Recovery Devices

 Devices are Demonstrated in Molex’s Fully Retimed 100G zQSFP+ Active Optical
                                    Cables

OFC/NFOEC 2013

Business Wire

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- March 18, 2013

Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.  (NASDAQ: MSPD), a leading supplier of
semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure and data center
applications, today announced the industry’s lowest-power clock and data
recovery (CDR) devices capable of supporting data rates up to 28 gigabits per
second (Gbps). Low power dissipation is a critical requirement for small form
factor interconnects for the 100 Gigabit Ethernet, InfiniBand and optical
transport systems enabling port densities that the industry must achieve in
order to handle increasing Internet traffic and escalating online video
content demand.

Mindspeed®’s four channel CDRs support data rates required for multiple
standards including 100G Ethernet, InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), 32G
Fibre Channel and Optical Transport Network (OTU-4). The low-power solution
enables next-generation optical and copper module form factors, such as CFP-2,
CFP-4 and Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP). Mindspeed’s CDRs integrate
key features, such as an input equalizer and output de-emphasis to optimize
link performance and support line card retiming applications as well as
loopback for system level diagnostics. The devices are reference-free,
eliminating the need for reference crystal oscillators thus reducing the
number of components and cost required to implement a retiming function.
Further, the devices include input equalization circuitry to support lossy
channels and support a wide output amplitude range to seamlessly interoperate
with optical assemblies.

Molex Incorporated has used Mindspeed’s CDRs to demonstrate the industry’s
first, fully retimed 100Gbps zQSFP+ Active Optical Cable meeting stringent
power consumption and thermal constraints of a small modular form factor.

“In the drive to match 100Gbps port count density to current 10Gbps
interconnect levels, system OEMs require small front panel pluggable modules,
which will enable tenfold increase in front panel bandwidth density. This
creates a challenge for interconnect manufacturers to meet the power
consumption and thermal constraints of QSFP modules,” said Adit Narasimha,
director of new product development at Molex, Inc. “Molex’s silicon
photonics-based zQSFP+ solutions in combination with Mindspeed’s low power
CDRs are the first to demonstrate 100Gbps small form factor modules with
retiming in both transmit and receive directions.”

The new devices complement Mindspeed’s family of signal conditioners,
cross-points and physical media devices (PMDs) for networking and enterprise
solutions. “Our new CDRs expand Mindspeed’s product portfolio to address
100Gbps applications,” said Hasnain Bajwa, senior vice president and general
manager, high-performance analog (HPA), at Mindspeed. “We are excited to
deliver industry leading low power solutions to help enable the next
generation of networking infrastructure.”

Mindspeed will be demonstrating these new CDR devices at The Optical Fiber
Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers
Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2013), from March 19-21, 2013, in booth number 1174 at
the Anaheim Convention Center. The devices will also be showcased as part of
Molex’s 100Gbps Active Optical Cable in booth number 2807 at the same
conference.

Availability

The devices, packaged in a 7x7 mm leadframe grid array (LFGA), are available
now under part numbers M37040 and M37041. M37040 is optimized for the receive
direction while the M37041is optimized for the transmit direction in optical
modules and active optical or copper cables. M37041 is also ideal for on board
retiming functions for longer electrical connections between
application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

About Molex Incorporated

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions
for a number of markets including data communications, telecommunications,
consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, military and lighting.
Established in 1938, the company operates 40 manufacturing locations in 16
countries. The Molex website is http://www.molex.com. Follow us at
www.twitter.com/molexconnectors, watch our videos at
www.youtube.com/molexconnectors, connect with us at
www.facebook.com/molexconnectors and read our blog at www.connector.com.

About Mindspeed Technologies

Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network
infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The
company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video,
voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable
advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The
company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical,
enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are
sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.

To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are
also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.

Contact:

Mindspeed
Investor Relations
Kevin Trosian, +1 949-579-3111
VP Business Development and Investor Relations
investor.relations@mindspeed.com
or
Media Contact
Rupert Baines, +44 1225 469 744
VP Corporate Strategy and Marketing Communication
rupert.baines@mindspeed.com
 
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