Achieve High Performance and Low Power with Highly Integrated 11.3Gbps Ethernet Optical Transceiver IC for Data Centers

    Achieve High Performance and Low Power with Highly Integrated 11.3Gbps
               Ethernet Optical Transceiver IC for Data Centers

Maxim Integrated's SFP+ optical transceiver enables < 0.8W total module power
and integrates analog monitors for lower cost

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineers can now achieve
high performance in optical modules with low power consumption using the
highly integrated MAX3956 10GBASE-LR SFP+ optical transceiver IC from Maxim
Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM).

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Optical module designers must typically trade high performance for power
consumption in their applications. The MAX3956 SFP+ laser transceiver IC
solves that problem. It delivers better than 50% transmit mask margin
performance (1k waveforms, zero mask hits) with < 0.8W total SFP+ module power
dissipation. This reduced power dissipation lowers operational expenditures
(OPEX) and improves thermal reliability in data centers. Additionally, the
device integrates highly accurate analog monitors for digital diagnostics
monitoring (DDM), including temperature, V[CC], and RSSI sensors, to ensure a
compact design and save bill-of-material (BOM) cost. By integrating analog
monitors and a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC), the MAX3956 enables
the use of a low-cost, "all-digital" external microcontroller.

Key Advantages

  oHigh integration: integrates programmable transmit input equalization,
    receive output deemphasis, DDM, and highly accurate analog monitors
    (including temperature, V[CC], and RSSI sensors) to reduce cost of
    external components
  oLow power: the device's proprietary DC-coupled laser interface enables <
    0.8W total SFP+ module power dissipation and 380mW IC power dissipation at
    3.3V (typ)
  oHigh performance: the MAX3956 results in  4.6ps[p-p ]deterministic jitter
    (receiver) and 5ps[p-p ]deterministic jitter (transmitter)


  o"Designers always have a power/performance trade off in optical
    transceivers," said Stacey McKinney, Strategic Marketing Manager at Maxim
    Integrated. "Now, the MAX3956 SFP+ transceiver IC combines both low power
    and high performance with the optimal combination of features."
  o"Demand for 10GBASE-LR modules is increasing with the proliferation of
    large data centers," said Dale Murray, Principal Analyst with
    LightCounting. "Low-power SFP+ optical transceivers are critical to data
    center operators as power consumption is becoming as critical as density."

Availability and Pricing

  oThe MAX3956 is available in a 5mm x 5mm, 32-pin TQFN-EP package.
  oThe device operates over the -40 degrees C to +95 degrees C temperature
  oContact factory for pricing.

A reference design is available to qualified customers. Hi-res images for the
MAX3956 end application and the MAX3956 block diagram are available.

About Maxim Integrated
At Maxim Integrated, our designs make the world more integrated. And with
analog integration, the possibilities are endless. In Fiscal 2013, we reported
revenues of $2.4 billion.

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