Semtech Launches 100G Chipset

Semtech ships first 100G CFP MSA-compliant gearbox IC platform for 100G Optical Networks

March 8, 2011

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CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced its first shipments of its high-bandwidth, 100Gbps gearbox chipset for 100Gbps CFP MSA applications. The CFP (100G Form-factor Pluggable) transceiver MSA (Multi-Source Agreement) defines a hot-pluggable optical transceiver form-factor for 100Gbps, high-speed Ethernet applications for data and telecommunication networks. Semtech's Theta SR SMI10021 multiplexer (MUX) and SMI10031 demultiplexer (DEMUX) gearbox ICs provide bandwidth of up to 113Gbps to support 100GbE and the Optical Transport Network (OTN) systems.

Data center and commercial network operators are accelerating the adoption of 100GbE connectivity and transport to meet the bandwidth explosion driven by rich services like online video, gaming, peer-to-peer (p2p), and social networking. With global IP traffic set to quadruple in the next three years, Semtech's gearbox platform provides the best performance for 100GbE in the industry. 100GBase-LR4 running 10km is well on its path for mass adoption and deployment as the most effective solution for expanded broadband transport, from a cost, performance and power perspective.

Today, an overwhelming majority of the 40G traffic running globally is powered through Semtech solutions. Semtech's leadership in 40G solutions provides the basis for launching solutions for the 100G space. As 100G adoption accelerates, Semtech is well positioned with the gearbox platform to continue powering the majority of 100G traffic around the world.

"Semtech is the only supplier of MUX and DEMUX commercial solutions for the 100G market, with products that support the major MSA topologies, including both CFP for client applications and OIF DP-QPSK-based MSA168 for coherent long-distance transmission," said Dharmesh Jani, Director of Product Marketing for Semtech's Transport and Data Communication Group. "Our Theta SR CFP gearbox ICs are an essential block in 100G CFP-compliant transponders and with samples now shipping to several regions of the world, 100Gbps systems designers can shorten their design cycles and reduce costs for widespread 100GbE deployment via CFPs."

Semtech Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTC)

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