SAN DIEGO -- Applied Micro Circuits Corp. today announced two Fibre Channel ICs that integrate multiple port bypass circuits on a single chip. Aimed primarily at the storage area network (SAN) market, these chips can reduce part counts, circuit size, and cost of designing Fibre Channel storage peripherals, Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) and redundant array of independent disks (RAID) applications.
The new 1.0625-gigabits-per-second port bypass circuits (PBC) will be unveiled at Comdex next week.
The S2074 hex PBC with repeater and the S2071 quad PBC feature a higher integration of port bypass circuits, which means designers can more quickly and inexpensively develop storage arrays with more drives and integrated hub ports. Each device allows 'mixing and matching' of parts together to achieve different combinations of disk drives.
"The S2071 and S2074 enable designers to maximize port and drive density and maintain a high-gigabit signal quality using fewer components," said Jon Siann, AMCC's marketing director for datacom products.
Both parts exceed ANSI X3T11 FC-AL Direct Attach Disk Drive specifications for greater resiliency and low jitter accumulation, are suitable for both coaxial and optical links, and utilize a 3.3-V power supply.
The S2074 architecture saves substantial real-estate and typically consumes just 1 watt of power -- 23% less than existing solutions, AMCC claimed. The S2074 does not require thermal management and operates over the commercial temperature range of 0 to 70 Celsius.
Samples of the S2074 and S2071 will be available this month. Packaged in a 64-pin PQFP and 44-pin PQFP respectively, the S2074 is priced at $19.75 and the S2071 is priced at $7.50 each in quantities of 1,000.