ATLANTA-- During the Supercomm trade show here today, On Semiconductor Corp. announced engineering samples of its first silicon-germanium (SiGe) products aimed at serving broadband applications with operating speeds up to 12 gigabits per second.
The first member of the company's GigaComm series is differential receiver/driver chip capable of supporting network equipment for OC-192 Sonet and 10-gigabit/sec. networking speeds. According to Phoenix-based On Semiconductor, the NBSG16 device improves data rates by three times over currently available solutions.
On Semiconductor also said the SiGe chip features an innovative capability, called Reduced Swing ECL (RSECL), which enables 400-mV output levels. The company said this capability is a significant improvement over the switching speeds of 500-mV output in currently available devices. The device operates on a 2.5-to-3.3 volt supply.
The general distribution of NBSG16 samples is planned for July, and volume production is slated to start in the third quarter. In quantities of 10,000, the SiGe chip will sell for about $20. According to On Semiconductor competing devices, produced with gallium-arsenide (GaAs) technology, now sell for five to six times that amount.