FALC doubles density

Infineon Technologies has introduced OctalFALC, which the company claims is the industry’s smallest FALC (Framer and Line Interface Unit Component) offering eight ports per chip.

Infineon Technologies has introduced OctalFALC, the industry’s smallest FALC (Framer and Line Interface Unit Component) offering eight ports per chip. The latest member of Infineon’s FALC product family is said to double the density per chip used in universal line cards and reduces the bill of material by around 15 percent.

With eight ports on a footprint of 289 square millimetres, OctalFALC offers twice as many channels in almost the same space as previous generations. It supports all three Primary Rate standards T1/E1/J1 and is suited for applications such as 2G/3G Wireless Base Stations, DSLAM (DSL Access Multiplexers), Digital Access Cross-Connect and DLC (Digital Loop Carrier) systems. Operating temperature ranges between -40 degrees C and +85 degrees C.

A recent report issued by the market research firm Gartner Dataquest predicts an annual growth rate in the deployment of T1/E1 ports of 10 percent per year worldwide, mainly driven by advanced services offered over 3G cellular networks such as short text messages, images, and even video.

T/E carrier systems carry the bulk of telecommunication voice and data traffic in both wireless and wireline core networks. As the number of cellular and fixed-line telephone connections and multimedia traffic continues to increase, service providers need to expand their networks either by incorporating additional T/E systems or by upgrading existing infrastructure.

By using OctalFALC-enabled line cards, service providers can double the network’s port density without placing additional equipment in the field and reduce labour costs while achieving faster time to market.

Samples of the OctalFALC in a Plastic Low Ball Grid Array (PG-LBGA-256) package with a 1.0mm ball pitch are available now at $35 for high volumes. The OctalFALC is supported by the EASY22558 Evaluation kit with a Configuration Wizard CD-ROM containing a PC-based graphical user interface and device driver code as well as a complete set of documentation.