Multilink, PMC-Sierra Collaborate

>SOMERSET, N.J., and BURNABY, British Columbia -- Multilink Technology Corporation (Multilink) and PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS) today announced a technical and marketing alliance to develop complete 10 Gb/s reference platforms for optical networking. The two companies will combine Multilink's newly announced SiGe SerDes chipset and Forward Error Correction (FEC) devices with PMC-Sierra’s 10 Gigabit-per-second framer technologies to facilitate the rapid design of innovative linecard solutions targeted for the Metro market. Customers will be able to leverage the unique features of each device at the system level and ensure SFI-4 industry interoperability between a framer device and a physical layer chipset from two different component vendors.

The reference design, introduced at OFC, provides a complete 10 Gb/s physical layer and framer solution by combining Multilink's advanced chipset, the MTC1233M multiplexer with integrated clock multiplier (MUXCMU 9.953, 10.664, 12.249 Gb/s) and MTC1234M demultiplexer with integrated clock and data recovery (CDRDMUX 9.953, 10.664, 12.249 Gb/s) with the industry’s most integrated single chip OC-192 framer, PMC-Sierra's recently announced PM5317 SPECTRA-9953 (OC-192/STM-64 channelized STS-1 framer and pointer processor).

“The combination of our advanced SerDes design, based on the latest SiGe technology, and PMC-Sierra’s innovative framer devices, provides an optimal solution for the OC-192 Metro customer,” said David Huff, Multilink Vice President, Product Marketing. “This alliance clearly demonstrates our combined effort to provide an effective system which fully meets or even exceeds the needs of our customers.”

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