Vitesse Semiconductor added another product to its signal-integrity portfolio with the availability of the VSC3316, a 16-port asynchronous crosspoint switch with enhanced FlexEQ signal equalization capabilities. The switch is suited for transmitting multi-gigabit data signals over pcbs, backplane connectors, and copper cabling used across a range of communications equipment. This includes core/metro routers, blade servers, network storage equipment, broadcast video routers, and physical layer switches.
With a 15- by 15-mm footprint, the VSC3316 boasts 16 lanes with each lane operating independently from dc to 11.5 Gbits/s. It includes detection/transmission of signal (LOS) providing native out-of-band (OOB) support of SAS/SATA storage protocols. This architecture also provides protocol transparent operation thereby allowing each channel to run independently. Supporting the latest high-speed protocols, the VSC3316 supports a wide frequency range encompassing most data protocols including GbE, XAUI, Reduced XAUI (RXAUI), 10GBASE-KR, SAS, SATA, 1/2/4/8/10G Fibre Channel, PCIe Gen 1/2/3 and InfiniBand.
The VSC3316 operates on a single 2.5-V supply with a typical per-channel power dissipation of 200 mW. General samples are available now. More information can be found at www.vitesse.com/SI.