BitBlitz Communications Inc. has introduced a multiprotocol 10Gbit/s transceiver family it says will be able to assist the convergence of end-equipment systems.
The company's BBTX100 transceiver can be configured to handle either 10Gbit/s Ethernet or 10Gbit/s Fibre Channel, making it possible to design linecards and optical transponders for both. The BBTX102 full-duplex transceiver can replace the two devices found in many of today's OC-192 Sonet/SDH systems, said Leo Wong, director of marketing at BitBlitz, Fremont, Calif.
"The BBTX100 and 102 also share the same footprint, so with this release we're leading the charge to multiprotocol play," Wong said. "I'm not in the business of advocating any particular protocol, and with these devices you don't have to predict which will ultimately be more successful, Fibre Channel or Ethernet."
The multiprotocol capability will also allow module manufacturers to design a single product to serve more than one market, reducing production costs and eliminating the need for multiple qualifications of devices, he said.
The BBTX102 can receive a 9.95 to 10.72Gbit/s data stream from an optical interface and convert it into four 2.488 to 3.223Gbit/s output serial streams; the BBTX100 can convert a 10.3 to 10.6Gbit/s optical interface into four 3.125 to 3.18Gbit/s output serial streams.
The devices are sampling, with production set for the fourth quarter. In quantities of 10,000, the BBTX100 is priced at $250 and the BBTX102 at $280.