Quad Linear Equalizer extends reach of DFEs.

Press Release Summary:

Supplied in 5 x 7 mm package, 1-10.3 Gbps MAX3986 equalizer for copper interconnects offers port matching with 24 dB typ return loss and 33 dB typ channel-to-channel isolation. Each channel can compensate for losses in 20 in. of FR4, with data rates up to 10.3 Gbps. Stand-alone product can also be used to extend reach of limiting equalizers and decision feedback equalizers (DFEs), as linear range preserves essential signal characteristics needed for optimum DFE performance.

Original Press Release:

Quad Linear Equalizer Resolves the Most Challenging Signal Ontegrity Problems up to 10.3Gbps in Copper Interconnects

Stand-alone, 1Gbps to 10.3Gbps quad linear equalizer extends the reach of DFEs.

SUNNYVALE, CA-August 12, 2009-Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM) introduces the MAX3986, a 1Gbps to 10.3Gbps, quad linear equalizer for copper interconnects. A high-performance, stand-alone equalizer, this device offers best-in-class port matching (typical return loss is 24dB) and channel-to-channel isolation (33dB, typ). Each channel is capable of compensating for losses in 20 inches of FR4, with data rates up to 10.3Gbps. Moreover, the MAX3986 is the industry's first stand-alone equalizer that can also be used to extend the reach of limiting equalizers and decision feedback equalizers (DFEs), commonly found integrated into serializers/deserializers (SerDes) and ASICs. The expanded linear range of the MAX3986 preserves the essential signal characteristics needed for optimum DFE performance. The MAX3986 can be used in SDR, DDR, and QDR InfiniBand®; SDR and DDR IEEE® 803.3ae XAUI; 8.5Gbps Fibre Channel; and serial 10.3Gbps Ethernet applications for backplanes and copper cable assemblies.

The MAX3986 operates from a 3.3V supply. This device is packaged in a 5mm x 7mm, 38-pin TQFN package, and has a pinout designed to minimize board space and optimize high-speed signal routing. The MAX3986 is fully specified over the 0°C to +85°C temperature range. Prices start at $20.45 (1000-up, FOB USA).

An evaluation board that allows exercise of all channels is available. Please contact the factory for details.

Maxim Integrated Products is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and sells high-performance semiconductor products. The Company was founded over 25 years ago with the mission to deliver innovative analog and mixed-signal engineering solutions that add value to its customers' products. To date, it has developed over 6000 products serving the industrial, communications, consumer, and computing markets.

Maxim reported revenue in excess of $1.6 billion for fiscal 2009. A Fortune 1000 company, Maxim is included in the Nasdaq 100, the Russell 1000, and the MSCI USA indices. For more information, go to www.maxim-ic.com.


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