KANATA, Canada–Quake Technolo-gies Inc. has announced the availability of samples of the QT2020, its flagship, single-chip 10 Gigabit Ethernet transceiver integrated circuit (IC). The QT2020 is a fully integrated, monolithic transceiver designed for use in 10 Gbps IEEE 802.3ae LAN and MAN applications. To achieve optimal performance and lower power consumption, the main physical (PHY) layer functions of a receiver and transmitter have been combined on-chip, as have clock generation, multiple loopback features, and the generation and checking of pseudo-random binary sequence (PRBS) test patterns on both the attachment unit interface standard (XAUI) and 10 Gbps sides. This high level of integration of functionality, including what has been specified by both IEEE 802.3ae and XENPAK, enables the affordable manufacturing of modules with significantly improved reliability and testability, according to the company.
The QT2020 began sampling with evaluation customers in November 2001.
With features such as programmable XAUI pre-emphasis and adjustable XAUI and 10 Gbps side output levels, the QT2020 delivers the performance flexibility necessary to optimize component selection for module design, according to Quake.
Tremendous growth in network traffic is driving the need for deployment of higher performance network technologies. Ethernet is a backbone technology of choice in high-speed LAN networks, and the migration to 10 Gbps Ethernet provides that boost in speed while preserving those Ethernet features that have made it a success: its reliability, ease of maintainability and low-cost implementation.
The deployment of 10 Gbps into these Ethernet environments will enable the extension of the LAN to greater distances, and lay the groundwork that is crucial to handling future bandwidth-hungry applications, according to the company. Quake's QT2020 is suited to 10 Gbps Ethernet applications that use serial optical transmission to facilitate this growth.