Peregrine Unveils Optical Engine
SAN DIEGO -- Peregrine Semiconductor, a supplier of high-performance mixed-signal integrated circuits for the optical networking, RF, and wireless communications markets, today announced the PE7200, the industry's first 850nm VCSEL based Optical Engine. The PE7200 is a low power 10 Gbps fully integrated parallel optical Quad transceiver (TRX) component built using Peregrine's patented UTSi® (Ultra Thin Silicon on Sapphire) CMOS technology. The PE7200 is the industry's first Optical Engine product containing all opto-electronic functions required to create parallel optical interconnects-including thermal and mechanical interfaces-in a single BGA/CSP-like device. The PE7200 can be easily incorporated into optical modules, or other high-speed parallel optical interconnect products, to provide increased throughput in communication systems. Because the PE7200 can be purchased pre burned-in and tested, it provides a "known good assembly" resulting in lower yield loss, which typically accounts for 30 percent of the cost of parallel module manufacturing today. "The PE7200 Optical Engine and FOCUTSpak technology will have vast applications in proprietary, as well as standards-based products. For manufacturers that have not had the resources or expertise required to make parallel optical modules in the past, the PE7200 will remove the largest barriers to entry and enable them to do so. And for those that are already producing them, the PE7200 will provide a low cost platform from which to develop future products or reduce the cost of current ones," said Richard Weiss, director of the photonics product line at Peregrine Semiconductor. "We believe this is the most significant development in the parallel optical interconnect space since the introduction of the VCSEL. FOCUTSpak Optical Engine products will provide increased performance and reliability, the ability to easily integrate additional features and functions, and dramatically reduce time to market for new products." Peregrine Semiconductor Corp.