Santa Clara, Calif.National Semiconductor Corp.'s DS15BA101 and DS15EA101 cable extender chipset boosts the reach of 0.15-Gbits/s to 1.5 Gbits/s LVDS, LVPECL, and CML signals up to 400 meters over copper cable with 360-mW power consumption.
According to National, the DS15BA101 and DS15EA101 cable extender chipset is built using its proprietary silicon-germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS-8 process technology, which provides the highest performance-to-power ratios for high-speed interface devices.
The DS15BA101 and DS15EA101 cable extender chipset extends serial data streams from SerDes and FPGAs over CAT5 and coaxial cable at up to half the cost of fiber optic products, National said. Applications include remote cameras and displays, remote radio head (RRH) base stations, high-speed test equipment, industrial machine vision systems and many other industrial-grade applications.
National is offering the DriveCable002EVK reference design, which features an evaluation system, schematic and printed circuit board (PCB) layout Gerber files so designers can easily evaluate and integrate the cable extender chipset into their design. It plugs directly into a designer's existing system and supports CAT5/5e/6/7 100-Ohm twisted pair cables up to 100 meters and 50-Ohm coaxial cables up to 400 meters.
For more information on the DriveCable02EVK reference design and evaluation system, please visit www.national.com/appinfo/lvds/drivecable02evk.html .
Pricing: In 1,000-unit quantities, the DS15BA101 is $4, and the DS15EA101 is $8.75.
Data Sheets: DS15BA101 and DS15EA101
For more information on National's interface products, visit lvds.national.com
National Semiconductor Corp., 1-408-721-5000, www.national.com