SAN JOSE -- Attempting to secure its position in the optical IC market Intel Corp. introduced seven new semiconductors Wednesday at Intel Developer Forum.
The new devices will enable a service provider to expand its customer reach without having to install expensive repeaters that boost signals travelling long distances over fiber optic lines, Intel said. Some of the devices are also capable of receiving and transmitting data over multiple communications protocols, including ATM, Packet over Sonet, Packet over Fiber, and 10 gigabit Ethernet.
"Optical networking equipment based on Intel's new optical components will enable service providers to reach beyond their existing service boundaries and capture more revenue without increasing their spending," said March Christensen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Network Communications Group. "The products give our clients the ability to address the needs of service providers in the metropolitan, long-haul, and ultra-long-haul sectors."
The IXF30005 and IXF30007 are optical "digital wrapper" devices with integrated multiprotocol data that can be directed to through fiber optic cables. The devices are fixed-function DSPs that run an forward error correction (FEC) algorithm that can correct errors that often corrupt data as it travels over long distances. The use of FEC can increase the distance an optical signal by up to 400%, Christensen said.
The IXF30005 supports data traveling at 10.7 Gbits/s, and the IXF30007 support data up to 12.5 Gbits/s, the company said.
The FEC devices can be combined with the IXF6192 bandwidth manager to allow for support of a broad selection of voice and data services, including priority data traffic, Christensen said. The software included with the device enables service providers to manage network configurations and provision services.
Also introduced where the LXT16784 and LXT16785, 10 and 10.7 Mbits/s, respectively, multiplexer and demultiplexer chipsets that allow two or more signals to pass over one communications circuit.
The LXT16748 is a 12.5 Gbits/s multiplexer/demultiplexer for ultra-long-haul applications. The LXT16742 is a 10.7 Gbits/s multiplexer/demultiplexer for long-haul and metro applications. The LXT19908 is a 10 Gbits/s limiting amplifier that drives laser photonics.
Intel entered the optical market in earnest with its acquisition last year of Giga.