New link architecture offers 2x the speed of existing serial link cells to break through backplane interconnect challenges
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2002-- Rambus Inc., the world's leading developer of chip-to-chip interface technology, today announced the availability of the highest-speed RaSer(TM) V Serial Link cell, operating at 6.4 gigabits per second (Gbps). The RaSer V is the first cell on the market to operate at this speed and offers a proven, full-featured and easy-to-integrate solution. This solution addresses the toughest interconnect problems associated with the backplane, enabling networking, server and storage system manufacturers to double their system switching capacity while maintaining the same number of traces on the backplane.
"We expect the backplane market to increase substantially over the next three years," said Jeremy Donovan, vice president and chief analyst at Gartner Dataquest. "Factors that are driving the enterprise switch market include increasing bandwidth demands, introduction of new storage and server blades and traction of Gigabit Ethernet technology in the desktop market."
Networking customers are already integrating previous generation 1.0 - 3.2 Gbps RaSer cells into their product designs, taking advantage of the extremely low power and area consumption. Rambus developed a completely new serial link architecture using standard bi-level signaling to meet customer demand for 6.4 Gbps cells that can be integrated on low cost, CMOS processes.
The new RaSer V 6.4 Gbps cell delivers a complete feature set, ideally suited for the harsh backplane environment and includes:
- Wide serial data rate range: 2.5 Gbps to 6.4 Gbps
- Backward compatible to 3.2 Gbps:
- Easy integration in ASICs and ASSPs
- Multi-tap transmit and receive equalization
- Calibrated termination resistors
"System designers want maximum speed per pin to increase system capacity within the constraints of space, power and cost," said Kevin Donnelly, vice president of the Network Connections Division at Rambus Inc. "With the introduction of this 6.4 Gbps Serial link cell, Rambus is driving the transition of the next generation backplane"
The RaSer V 6.4 Gbps cell is currently being demonstrated by Rambus and is available in standard TSMC .13u process for licensing and integration into customer designs.
RaSer(TM) Cell Technology
Rambus RaSer technology is a physical layer underlying a broad range of industry standards and offers designers a scalable serial link architecture that addresses current and future serial link applications requiring the highest bandwidth. RaSer technology can be employed across a variety of different networking applications, including WAN router and switch backplanes, Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet, InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and fiber optic network interfaces and any other custom chip-to-chip applications.
Rambus RaSer cells are offered as an analog core library cell, for ASIC and ASSP designs. A complete serial link solution, the RaSer cell contains serializer, transmitter, receiver, deserializer, and clock recovery circuitry. The cell is designed to meet the physical layer requirements for a wide range of serial link applications, each of which may have different logical requirements (protocol, framing, coding, etc.). As a replacement to stand-alone discrete serial link components, the RaSer cell may be integrated with other communications functions in order to offer higher value network services and reduced component count.
For more information on RaSer technology, visit Rambus' web site at www.RaSerLink.com.
About Rambus Inc.
Rambus is the leading developer and marketer of breakthrough chip-to-chip interface technology, products and solutions to the electronics industry. The company licenses its technology in the form of ASIC cells that are incorporated into high-performance memory and logic chips by 25 of the world's top semiconductor makers. The company's ASIC cells and system-level solutions are incorporated into electronic products, including personal computers, workstations, video game consoles, network routers, HDTVs and set-top boxes.
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