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GigOptix Announces Live 100GbE Interoperability Demo with II-VI, Inc. VCSELs at ECOC2015

September 27, 2015
By Business Wire News

SAN JOSE, Calif.

GigOptix, Inc. (NYSE MKT:GIG), leading supplier of advanced high speed semiconductor components for use in long-haul, metro, Cloud connectivity, data centers, consumer electronics links and interactive applications, through optical and wireless communications networks, today announced it will showcase a live demo utilizing its 3rd generation 100Gbps Short Reach Chipset with its new 28Gbps Quad CMOS CDR and II-VI Incorporated’s Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser solutions (VCSELs). The HXC42400 Quad CMOS CDR is a new addition to the GigOptix Datacom portfolio as a result of the recent Terasquare acquisition, and complements the previously released HXT8204 28Gbps quad channel vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser (VCSEL) driver array and HXR8204 28Gbps trans-impedance (TIA) receiver array to provide a complete “one stop shop” chip-set solution offering to enable next generation SR4 (100m) and extended reach SR4 (eSR4 – 300m) module and Active Optical Cable (AOC) applications.

GigOptix’s new quad channel, HXC42400 25Gbps – 28Gbps CMOS CDR, with its unique architecture enables industry leading low power dissipation and the industry’s first solution with programmable receiver and transmitter bandwidth in a single device to optimize Input Jitter Tolerance (IJT) and Output Jitter for superior link performance. To maintain and optimize Signal Integrity (SI) under adverse Insertion Loss (IL) situations, the HXC42400 includes up to 16dB of programmable Continuous Time Linear Equalization (CTLE) and a 1-Tap Decision Feedback Equalizer (DFE) with a 3-Tap programmable De-Emphasis block provides up to 12dB gain for the pre and post taps. It features reference-less operation and many on-chip testability features including Eye-Monitor (iMONTM), PRBS generator/checker, an arbitrary pattern generator, and a unique Jitter Tolerance (JTOL) test capability.

The HXT8204 four channel VCSEL driver supports modulation and average VCSEL currents up to 10mA with a dedicated BURNIN capability up to 15mA average current. The 1MHz I2C interface enables full control of all driver functions including input equalization, output peaking and peaking duration, Signal Detect and Squelch, channel polarity inversion, diagnostics such as average current and temperature monitoring as wells as user maskable Interrupts and VCSEL voltage supervisory functions.

The HXR8204 four channel receiver with integrated TIA provides 60uAPP input sensitivity at 28Gbps with 10-12 Bit Error Rate (BER), AGC and ATC, and a limiting post amplifier stage. Linear, per channel RSSI outputs are provided to enable active alignment during manufacturing to provide optimum performance and manufacturability. The 1MHz I2C interface enables full control of additional functionality such as Signal Detect and Squelch, pre-emphasis, maskable interrupt generation, internal temperature monitor selection, channel polarity inversion, and output voltage swing with enable.

“GigOptix is very appreciative of our long standing relationship with II-VI and pleased to introduce our latest product offering while showcasing and expanding the interoperability of our two companies’ solutions,” said Tom Kapucija, GigOptix’s Datacom Marketing Director. “Our complete solution now offers leading optical link reach with robust performance and unique on-chip testability features.”

“As a chip vendor open to the Datacom market, II-VI Laser Enterprise appreciates the flexibility and completeness of the GigOptix offer on the ICs market. We’re now looking forward to reinforcing and consolidating our cooperation, leveraging the success of our new 25Gb/s 850nm VCSEL and new GigOptix 25-28Gb/s driver/TIA chipset,” said Michele Agresti, II-VI Laser Enterprise, Datacom VCSELs Product Line Manager.

The HXC42400, HXT8204, and HXR8204 are ideal for optical module, active optical cable, and optical engine applications with their partitioning of the CDR power dissipation from the temperature sensitive, high performance VCSEL, VCSEL driver, Photo Detector, and TIA circuit elements for 100m and extended reach applications. The solution is applicable to 100G Ethernet (QSFP28, CFP2, CFP4), OUT-4, 32Gbps Fibre Channel, and EDR Infiniband.

The HXC42400, HXT8204, and HXR8204 will be shown operating with the II-VI VCSELs as part of a live, show floor demo at ECOC2015, Booth #702, September 28 – 30, in Valencia, Spain. For more information about ECOC2015 and the demo, please contact

About GigOptix, Inc.

GigOptix, Inc., (NYSE MKT:GIG) is a leading fabless supplier of high-speed semiconductor components that enable end-to-end information streaming over optical and wireless networks. Its products portfolio addresses emerging telecom long-haul and metro applications, datacom Cloud and data center connectivity, point-to-point backhaul wireless applications, and interactive interfaces for consumer electronics. The Company offers a broad portfolio of high performance MMIC solutions that enable next generation wireless microwave systems up to 90GHz and drivers, TIAs for 40Gbps and 100Gbps fiber-optic telecommunications and data-communications networks, and Clock Data Recovery (CDR) technology.

GigOptix also offers a wide range of digital and mixed-signal ASIC solutions in a wide range of technology geometries from 28nm to 0.6um, and enables a complete product life cycle support form swift introduction of new product through its ASIC SunriseTM program to extension of legacy products through its GigOptix Sunset RescueTM program.

About II-VI, Inc.

II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and opto-electronic components is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in the industrial, optical communications, military, life sciences, semiconductor equipment, and consumer markets. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, with research and development, manufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facilities worldwide, the Company produces a wide variety of application-specific photonic and electronic materials and components, and deploys them in various forms including integrated with advanced software to enable our customers.

II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH is a globally operating and innovative company and an industry-leading provider of 980nm single mode laser pumps, High Power Laser Diode and VCSEL laser solutions. II-VI Laser Enterprise GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI, headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland. With state-of-the-art semiconductor laser design and production capabilities, processes and equipment the company manufacturers high-power laser components enabling fiber and direct diode laser systems for material processing, medical, consumer and printing applications. In addition, II-VI Laser Enterprise manufactures pump lasers for optical amplifiers (both terrestrial and submarine applications) and vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELS) for optical navigation and optical interconnects.

GigOptix, Inc.
Tom Kapucija, +1 408 522-3128
Datacom Marketing Director
Investor Relations:
Darrow Associates, Inc.
Jim Fanucchi, +1 408 404-5400