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Infineon Samples 4-Gig FC Optics

Bidding for early status in the nascent market for 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel optics, Infineon Technologies AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: IFX) announced today that it's sampling transceivers based on 850nm lasers and demonstrating a 1310nm product at ECOC (see Infineon Intros 4-Gig FC Transceiver).

The latter appears to be the first showing of a 1310nm, 4-Gbit/s product, says Rami Kanama, Infineon's manager of fiber optics marketing.

Component vendors are only beginning to roll out products specifically targeted at 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel, one example being PMC-Sierra Inc.'s (Nasdaq: PMCS) announcement early this month. Part of the hesitation comes from the heavy attention devoted to the 10-Gbit/s speed grade, where Sonet, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel were expected to harmonically converge. But in a surprise vote, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) approved 4-Gig FC for storage area networks, potentially expanding the 4-Gbit/s market. (See FC Fires Up 4-Gig Fiesta and PMC Dips 4-Gig FC Chips.)

That might not stop the supply of 4-Gbit/s parts. Many vendors plan to extend their 3.125-Gbit/s transceivers to do 4-Gbit/s, says Skip Jones, director of planning and technology for QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC). Some examples include Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM), E2O Communications Inc., Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR), and JDS Uniphase Corp. (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU).

Not all of them are shipping yet, but Jones is confident QLogic and its competition will have enough support to deliver products by mid-2004, as planned. "Our supply chain looks pretty good," he says.

Rather than extend a lower-speed product, Infineon is basing its transceivers on Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), designed to go up to 5 Gbit/s. Picolight Inc. announced a similar line of transceivers in May (see Picolight Takes eSFP to 5-Gig).

Picolight has also started offering lasers and detectors for those vendors that want to build transceivers specifically for 4-Gbit/s speeds (see PicoLight Debuts Laser Family). "We need to take the opportunity to make sure there's a viable food chain for 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel," says Warner Andrews, Picolight vice president of marketing.

Infineon expects its 850nm, 4-Gbit/s transceiver to begin volume shipments in the second quarter of 2004. Around that time, the 1310nm version should be ready to sample, Kanama says.

— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading

Unfocused 12/4/2012 | 11:24:02 PM
re: Infineon Samples 4-Gig FC Optics
A warning to potential Infineon "fans" :

Infineon has posted jobs on the LR job board. They interviewed me in Germany in June (from U.S.), but did not reimburse me my expenses as promised.

Ask for upfront payment on the airplane ticket, if you go ! And if you have a position already don't go into details about any products or give any advice.
optical_man 12/4/2012 | 11:24:00 PM
re: Infineon Samples 4-Gig FC Optics Unfocused,
So you screwed your current company, tried to impress the new potential company, Infineon, with proprietary details of your current companies equipment, didn't get paid for it, and are complaining?

You should be investigated for an NDA breach and sued right out of this business.

An American giving Germans technological information to get some more $$$ than your American employers are giving you.
Hmmm, where have I heard this before?

Author: Unfocused Number: 1
Subject: Don't go for interviews with this company. Date: 9/22/2003 9:37:51 PM
A warning to potential Infineon "fans" :
Infineon has posted jobs on the LR job board. And if you have a position already don't go into details about any products or give any advice.

Unfocused 12/4/2012 | 11:23:56 PM
re: Infineon Samples 4-Gig FC Optics
No, I am have been unemployed for 2 years and could not breach any NDA.
Unfocused 12/4/2012 | 11:09:32 PM
re: Infineon Samples 4-Gig FC Optics It took a while ... but they finally reimbursed me. So, all forgiven

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