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Discrete serial link aggregators support up to 10 Gbps

January 19, 2014

Toni_McConnel-January 19, 2014

Texas Instruments has introduced two 10-Gbps serial link aggregator ICs. The TLK10081 1- to 8-channel and TLK10022 dual-channel ICs allow system designers to reduce the number of gigabit serial links required for communications, video, imaging, and other end equipment. They aggregate and de-aggregate point-to-point serial data streams for transmission over backplanes, copper cables, and optical links.

With TI aggregator ICs, designers can avoid the costly and time-consuming development of custom aggregator IP for high-performance FPGAs or ASICs. Both devices occupy a 70-percent smaller footprint than FPGAs and use only two power rails, compared to the five or six rails needed with FPGAs.

TI serial link aggregators directly connect serial links from data converters and processors without having to re-format the data for transmission in applications like wireless infrastructure, switches, routers, video surveillance, machine vision, high-speed imaging and optical transport systems. The TLK10081 can aggregate up to eight lanes of full-duplex, 1.25-Gbps data traffic onto a single 10-Gbps link for transmission over short-distance backplanes or copper cables up to 10 meters, or long-distance optical links.

The TLK10081EVM and TLK10022EVM evaluation modules are supplied with an EVM user guide and GUI software with user guide, enabling system designers to configure the device for their application.

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