Press Release Summary:
Featuring FlexEQ(TM) Electronic Dispersion Compensation technology, Model VSC8238-02 transmits and recovers 8G Fibre Channel data in lossy legacy blade server backplanes and host bus adapters. Clock and data recovery device is also backward compatible with 2G and 4G Fibre Channel for legacy backplane data rate upgrades. Incorporating feed-forward equalization and decision feedback equalization, Model VSC8238-02 operates in poor noise environments below 20 dB and supports convergence times of 50 ms.
Original Press Release:
Vitesse Enables Breakthrough Migration of Legacy Fibre Channel Storage Hardware to 8G
Cements Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) Leadership with Introduction and Deployment of FlexEQ(TM) technology into Legacy Blade Server and Storage Platforms
CAMARILLO, Calif. - November 16, 2009 - Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets: VTSS.PK) today announced the performance-leading VSC8238-02 EDC clock and data recovery (CDR) device, the newest member of its family of integrated circuits featuring Vitesse's FlexEQ(TM) Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) technology.
Delivering the most powerful signal integrity solution available on the market today, the VSC8238-02 is the industry's only solution to meet the challenges of transmitting and recovering 8G Fibre Channel data in lossy legacy blade server backplanes and host bus adapters (HBA). Additionally, the VSC8238-02 is backward compatible with 2G and 4G Fibre Channel for legacy backplane data rate upgrades.
With growing acceptance of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Video on Demand (VoD), Remote Data Storage and Server Virtualization, data centers are doubling or quadrupling switching speed and data delivery by moving HBAs and blade servers to 8G Fibre Channel from 2G and 4G. The superior performance of Vitesse's FlexEQ technology in the VSC8238-02 allows this upgrade at both the switch and HBA ends with high confidence of first-pass design success and wide performance margins resulting in quick time-to-market and less equipment downtime once deployed.
"Vitesse's VSC8238-02 EDC CDR solution is taking the migration of legacy Fibre Channel storage hardware to a new level," said Gary Paules, product marketing manager for Vitesse. "As the need to overcome bandwidth demands on the data center grows increasingly common, the ability to double or quadruple the data rate quickly and cost-efficiently has become imperative. Our new device provides field-proven 8G operation with unique backward compatibility to effectively address this critical technical challenge for the first time."
Legacy Upgrades Made Easy
The world's first production device to exceed the IEEE Long Range Multimode (LRM) requirement of 220m, Vitesse's VSC8238 has dominated production X2 LRM shipments since its initial module qualification in 2006. Incorporating sophisticated feed-forward equalization (FFE) and decision feedback equalization (DFE) architecture, the VSC8238 has defined and embodied superior performance margins in excess of 3dB in relation to all LRM standard requirements. Now, the same performance advantages seen in optical transport applications are being applied to electrical backplane upgrades that are underway in many systems: 4G to 8G in Fibre Channel; 3G XAUI to 10G Ethernet; and 5G DDR to 10G QDR in Infiniband.
The upgrades of legacy hardware all must overcome high insertion losses, excessive signal crosstalk, degraded signal to noise ratios, and significant signal reflections due to lossy printed circuit boards and sub-rate connectors. The adaptive nature of the VSC8238-02 FlexEQ architecture allows it to compensate for widely disparate channels unlike simpler equalizer devices and operate in very poor noise environments below 20dB Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). The highly linear input Automatic Gain Control (AGC) provides a constant signal level to the equalizer independent of the channel loss that can vary greatly from channel-to-channel and from one chassis generation to the next. The device provides in excess of 5UI of correction to resolve high-level signal reflections that can occur on the shorter channels of legacy platforms. Unlike DSP-based solutions, the VSC8238-02 minimizes system latency critical to data center and storage applications.
Auto-Negotiation Capability: Delivered
In addition to supporting the data rate increase in a legacy low speed platform, the need to continue supporting lower data rates is a critical requirement. Vitesse, together with QLogic and Emulex, both leading suppliers of high-performance network infrastructure solutions, has overcome this very challenging auto-negotiation requirement via firmware development. As a result, the VSC8238-02 supports 2G, 4G, and 8G traffic with convergence times of 50ms, well within the stringent 150ms Fibre Channel requirement.
"Vitesse's VSC8238-02 EDC solution, together with QLogic's 8G Fibre Channel adapters, will enable storage vendors to quickly and cost-effectively migrate legacy 2G and 4G Fibre Channel systems to 8G," said Satish Lakshmanan, director of product marketing, Host Solutions Group, QLogic. "This solution enables our customer base to respond rapidly to increasing storage demands and maintain superior performance in virtualized environments with minimal impact to existing infrastructure."
"Vitesse collaborated closely with Emulex to ensure the transparent integration of the Vitesse's VSC8238-02 EDC CDR product with Emulex's recently announced LightPulse® 8G Fibre Channel HBA CIOv Expansion Card," said Clay Glenn, director of product marketing, Emulex Corporation. "In addition to enabling 8G Fibre Channel operation on legacy server platforms, Emulex's collaboration with Vitesse allows Emulex 8G HBAs to support the stringent auto-negotiation requirements for 2G and 4G Fibre Channel operation, thus providing a seamless migration path for the equipment user."
Availability and Pricing
The VSC8238XKP-02 is production released. Volume pricing is available upon request.
Vitesse designs, develops and markets a diverse portfolio of high-performance, cost-competitive semiconductor solutions for Carrier and Enterprise Ethernet networks worldwide. Engineering excellence and dedicated customer service distinguish Vitesse as an industry leader in Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Ethernet-over-SONET, Fibre Channel, Serial Attached SCSI, Optical Transport, and other applications. Vitesse innovation empowers customers to deliver superior products for Enterprise, Access, Metro, and Core applications. Additional company and product information is available at www.vitesse.com.