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Avago Technologies claims that it has developed a compact, low-cost, high-bandwidth parallel optic solution for short-range data and communication interconnect applications.

The company’s miniature 12-channel embedded Micropod parallel optics transmitter and receiver modules support lane rates of up to 12.5Gbit/sec for an aggregate bandwidth of up to 150Gbps.

The modules are said to enable higher-density interconnect solutions than previous embedded or edge-mount pluggable optical or electrical interconnect solutions.

According to Avago, its compact transmitter and receiver modules will pave the way in the development of next-generation supercomputers, networking switches and routers used in data centres, as well as in science, research and entertainment industries.

Versatile design solutions are possible as the Micropod modules support data rates from 1Gbps to 12.5Gbps, in addition to being compliant to IBTA 12xQDR Infiniband and IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-SR10 specifications.

Historically, the dominant form factors in embedded computing have been Snap12 and Pop4, with speeds of up to 3.125Gbps per lane.

Next-generation computing, switching and routing systems will require terabytes of interconnect between nodes.

Avago’s Micopod modules, which have been designed to meet this need, offer good density to extend bandwidth capacity to 12.5Gbps per lane in a compact form factor.

With dimensions of 7.8mm in length, 8.2mm in width and 3.9mm in height, the modules incorporate Avago’s VCSEL and PIN array technology and IC technologies for superior electrical signal integrity and optical performance.

Signal integrity is further improved with the use of a micro LGA electrical interface to the host board.

US Conec’s miniature detachable Prizm Lightturn connector, developed specifically for Avago’s Micropod receiver and transmitter modules, provides the passive optical connection and enables the dense tiling of the modules on the host printed circuit board.

The use of the Prizm Lightturn connector, in combination with US Conec’s MTP-brand MPO-style connector, provides an increase in card edge port density compared with serial and parallel edge-mount pluggable solutions.

This solution from US Conec enables low-cost termination, which requires no polishing of fibres, and simple testing, while coupling to Avago’s modules.

Avago Technologies

Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analogue interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems to approximately 40,000 end customers.

Backed by strong customer service support, the company's products serve four diverse end markets: industrial and automotive electronics, wired infrastructure, wireless communications, and consumer and computer peripherals. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots. Information about Avago is available on its website.

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