Lisle, Ill. Supporting chip and system designers in the task of predicting a components performance capability in real-life datacom or telecom systems, Molex's GbX reference backplane demonstrator and PMC-Sierra's 6G QuadPHY SERDES is the industry's first 1 meter silicon-to-silicon channel compliant to the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Common Electrical I/O (CEI) 6+ Long Reach specification (Draft 4.0).
The GbX reference backplane demonstrator, which was launched in February 2004, allows design engineers to manipulate several key design variables that influence the transmission quality from transmitter to receiver at three standard channel lengths 0.2 meters, 0.6 meters, and 1.0 meter in a variety of industry standard and non-standard configurations. Applications include internetworking equipment such as servers, hubs and routers as well as telecommunications equipment such as central office, cellular infrastructure and multi-platform service systems. The demonstrator can also be used for medical diagnostic equipment, and test and measurement equipment.
"As a result of industry feedback, Molex created the GbX reference backplane demonstrator as a technology kit for high-speed communications, providing enough diversity in a menu fashion to allow designers to replicate actual system solutions in operation," said Gary Humbert, product manager for Molex Inc. "Now, design engineers can save time and lower their applied costs by simulating a wide range of challenges that they face in a number of real-life applications."
In addition, the demonstrator provides multiple interface launch technologies to optimize a compliant pin connector's performance at 6.0 Gbit/s+ speed. It demonstrates the launch performance between PC-boards and connectors, as well as semiconductors and PC-boards.
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