Analog Devices Debuts Crosspoint

Analog Devices offers feature-rich, low-power Xstream crosspoint solution for high-speed networking applications

June 24, 2003

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NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today announced the industry's lowest power, synchronous crosspoint switch. The new chip is designed to solve the difficult signal-integrity, density and low-power design challenges inherent within packet and cell-based switching and routing systems that drive enterprise/SAN (storage area networks), access and metro networks. At 5 watts, the ADSX34 consumes one-third the power of comparable products on the market. The device, which joins ADI's Xstream(TM) family of low-power crosspoint switches, integrates 34 SERDES channels, equalization, and other added features, making it a complete solution for high-speed networks. The device's low power consumption reduces the need for expensive and space-consuming heat sinks and other thermal management components.

"Network equipment providers are looking to develop unified low-cost, flexible platforms that can scale from enterprise to edge aggregation and core applications," said Jay Cormier, product line director for high-speed switches, Analog Devices. "Our ADSX34 allows multi-protocol switching, while solving the difficult analog issues of signal integrity and power. This enables OEMs to develop equipment on time, on budget and with system flexibility."

The ADSX34 is a feature-rich, complete crosspoint solution that offers the following:

  • 34 highly integrated channels operating up to 3.125 Gbps each

  • Per-channel programmable receive equalization and transmit pre-emphasis that allows equalization over 30 inches of FR4 material, including two standard high-density differential connectors

  • Supports timeslots from 24 to 4,000 characters

  • Per-channel time slot synchronization FIFOs absorb up to 128 bytes of variation in packet arrival times, simplifying system timing

The versatility of the ADSX34 makes it ideal for multi-service environments. The ADSX34 can switch any form of packet or cell-based traffic, including ATM (asynchronous transfer mode), Ethernet, fiber channel, Serial Rapid I/O or IP (Internet protocol), eliminating the need to design multiple switches for different protocols. For a complete L2/L3 packet-switching system, the ADSX34 can be used in conjunction with Sandburst Corporation's HIBEAM(TM) packet-switching chip-set. HIBEAM is an implementation of the company's SANDWORKS(TM) Foundation Architecture.

The ADSX34 will sample in September 2003 and be in full production in January 2004. It will be packaged in a 31mm x 31mm, 304-ball thermally-enhanced EBGA with 1.27 mm ball pitch package and will be priced at $395.00 per unit in 100-piece quantities. The ADSX34 operates over the industrial temperature range of 0 degrees C to +85 degrees C.

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