Mindspeed Enables Ultra-High-Definition TV Infrastructure with the World's Highest Bandwidth Crosspoint Switch

160 x 160 Crosspoint Switch Delivers Two Terabits per Second Switching Capacity for Broadcast Video and High-Speed Telecommunications Systems

2012 NAB Show

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for broadcast and network infrastructure applications, today announced it has extended its line of high-performance, asynchronous fully non-blocking crosspoint switches to include a 12.8 gigabits per second (Gbps), 160x160 device with industry leading, two terabits per second (Tbps) switching capacity. The M20605 incorporates features that simplify system design, speed time to market, and ensure superior signal integrity for demanding real-time broadcast networking applications.

"Mindspeed®'s M21605 enables our customers to bring leading edge solutions to market as they pave the way for the industry's migration to higher data rates, in support of emerging Ultra-High Definition TV (UHDTV) formats," said Gary Shah, vice president of product marketing for the high-performance analog (HPA) business unit at Mindspeed.

Mindspeed's 160x160 M21605 crosspoint switch combines multi-rate broadcast video routing and switching in a single device, with each switching path operating independently at any data rate of up to 12.8 Gbps. The resulting, groundbreaking bandwidth provides a critical ingredient for broadcast equipment manufacturers who are designing and building next-generation higher-speed systems capable of supporting serial uncompressed UHDTV serial digital interface (SDI) covering both rates at 10.692 Gbps and 11.88 Gbps. The device also supports higher-density HD/3G systems by enabling transmission of up to four 3G SDI streams or eight HD SDI streams. The crosspoint switch is backward-compatible with lower-speed SDI interfaces, providing a seamless migration path to higher data rates.

For telecommunications applications, the M21605 crosspoint switch supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet, optical transport channel unit 2 (OTU2), 8G and 10G Fibre Channel, 12.5 Gbps for two times RXAUI and proprietary data rates. This device further extends the industry's broadest offering of crosspoint switch switches spanning 2x2 to 288x288 matrix sizes. Mindspeed's crosspoint switches feature integrated signal-conditioning technology that enables them to send error-free data at high data rates over difficult channels by compensating for signal losses accumulated across long board traces. Ideal for high-speed backplane switching applications, Mindspeed's signal-conditioning technology not only improves system margin for reliable data transmission, but also enables system designers to use lower-cost board materials and components.

Technical Details

Each input of the M21605 crosspoint switch is equipped with an adaptive equalizer capable of compensating for up to 25 decibels (dB) of loss at 12.8 Gbps, which ensures high throughput while simplifying design and reducing system development costs by not having to spend time optimizing each channel. The device also features ultra-low jitter, which is a critical requirement for crosspoint switches of this speed and size. Its programmable transmit drivers have three-tap programmable output pre-emphasis and adjustable swing for link optimization. The M21605 also features integrated diagnostic features, such as programmable loss of signal (LOS) and temperature sensor capabilities for system-level performance monitoring. The device has exceptionally low per-port power consumption, and can be operated from a single 1.8V supply.

Mindspeed will be demonstrating the M21544 at the 2012 NAB Show at its booth (#N1112) in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-19, 2012.


The M21605 crosspoint switch is packaged in a 45mm x 45mm ball grid array (BGA). Evaluation platforms are available now.

About Mindspeed Technologies

Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) is a leading provider of network infrastructure semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. The company's low-power system-on-chip (SoC) products are helping to drive video, voice and data applications in worldwide fiber-optic networks and enable advanced processing for 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) mobile networks. The company's high-performance analog products are used in a variety of optical, enterprise, industrial and video transport systems. Mindspeed's products are sold to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe.

To learn more, please visit www.mindspeed.com. Company news and updates are also posted at www.twitter.com/mindspeed.

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