Carlsbad, Calif.Luxtera has launched the OptoPHY line of printed circuit board (PCB) mountable optical transceivers that deliver low cost optical connectivity, paving the way to breaking the one dollar per Gbps cost barrier.
Combining electronics and optics on a single CMOS chip, OptoPHY devices can be directly deployed on the motherboard, yielding reliable point-to-point connectivity.
Currently available in one and four channel, and 12-channel configurations next year, OptoPHY offers 10 Gbps per channel data rates to produce high bandwidth parallel connectivity. According to Luxtera, OptoPHY also features the highest footprint density per Gigabit, which enables flexible system design and allows the transceivers to be placed inside a system to maximize front panel connector density, simplifying thermal and EMI management. In addition, OptoPHY uses 20mW of power per Gigabit.
OptoPHY builds on Luxtera's Active Optical Cable (AOC) product line by providing data centers with extended reach of up to 4,000 meters, enabling flexible data center layouts in a multi-building campus environment. Overcoming the 100-meter range barriers of legacy multimode fiber VCSEL optics, OptoPHY offers what the company says is the longest reach for on-board optics, making it well-suited for enterprise networking, InfiniBand, Storage, Ethernet and backplane applications.
Pricing: Varies depending on the number of channels, connector options and volume, reaching sub one dollar per Gbps price points in 12 channel configurations.
Availability: Sampling one (LUX6001) and four channel (LUX6004) OptoPHY chips with production scheduled for mid 2010. Twelve channel OptoPHY will sample next year. The devices are available with multiple optical connector options for serial and parallel 10Gbps applications.
Luxtera Inc., www.luxtera.com