Leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for network infrastructure applications, Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. recently showcased their latest 32-port reconfigurable crosspoint devices along with various HD broadcast video products at IBC 2011 in Amsterdam.
Mindspeed has extended its line of low-cost, low-power crosspoint devices with re-configurability capabilities and the company's performance-enhancing Amplif-Eye signal equalisation technology to small- and medium-sized systems.
Mindspeed's Amplif-Eye technology is an increasingly important feature for applications such as digital video, medical imaging and machine vision that require error-free, high-speed data transmission.
According to Ryan Latchman, executive director of strategic marketing with Mindspeed's high-performance analog (HPA) business unit, the new, reconfigurable 32-port crosspoint devices join the existing 24-port solution to open new market opportunities for differentiating smaller switching matrix solutions with capabilities that previously were only available using larger, more expensive and less power-efficient crosspoints and signal conditioners.
He adds that developers can use Mindspeed’s reconfigurable crosspoints to customise a system's matrix size depending on the application, while optimising performance by using integrated Amplif-Eye signal conditioning technology to reduce jitter associated with driving high-speed signals across backplanes and cables.
Mindspeed displayed its new M21163 32-port crosspoint switch along with an industry-leading range of digital crosspoint switches for video applications, ranging from 2x2 to 288x288 matrix sizes.
Mindspeed's M21163 32-port non-blocking switching solution incorporates the same industry-leading Amplif-Eye signal conditioning technology available in its larger crosspoints and signal conditioners.
The M21163 crosspoint devices find application in a variety of applications including HD SDI digital video routing switchers and other production and presentation switchers, plus routing switches supporting high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI), digital visual interface (DVI) and DisplayPort.
Applications also include Optical Transport Network (OTN), Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer (DWDM) and various fibre-optic network switching, high-speed serial backplane routing, data storage networking and backplane communications using 10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface (XAUI), Infiniband and GbE protocols.
Also on display was Mindspeed’s low-power SDI quad eclocker, a very low-power solution that includes signal conditioning at each input and output, and an integrated 16x4 crosspoint switch.
Key features of Mindspeed’s M21163 32-port crosspoint switches:
- Reconfigurable I/Os enable designers to customise a system's matrix size for the given application including 1x31, 16x16 and 24x8
- Targeted for use in SDI applications and those operating at other data frequencies up to 3.2 Gbps
- Very low power consumption (70 milliwatts per channel) for a solution of its size
- Crosspoints with Amplif-Eye technology can be used as buffers on high-speed signal paths to compensate for signal insertion loss during transmission through PCB traces
- Amplif-Eye technology delivers signal equalisation at both inputs and outputs to mitigate or eliminate signal degradation due to transmission line effects