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SiGe Fabrication Process

Mon, 05/06/2002 - 10:49am

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A new, high-speed Silicon Germanium (SiGe) fabrication process has been brought online by Micrel. This new, 0.6 μm ASSET-2 SiGe process gives Micrel the necessary technology to move into the 10 Gbps communication space. Micrel's new GigaPro™ product line will address high-speed applications with data rates in excess of 10 Gbps. The new process will yield products offering a three-to-four-fold improvement in bandwidth over the Company's current bipolar process.

Devices utilizing this process meet the wide-bandwidth, low jitter and skew requirements of SONET OC-48 to OC-192 systems, 10/100-Gigabit Ethernet, and 2× Fiber Channel systems. Micrel is currently beta-sampling its first product from the GigaPro family, a 10 Gbps buffer/receiver. The SY58016 differential CML buffer is scheduled for production release in Q1'02. Key features for this buffer include a – 3 dB bandwidth >7GHz, 45 ps maximum rise/fall time, less than 1.5 ps RMS jitter, and internal 50-ohm termination.

The SY58016 is available in a 16-pin (3 × 3 mm) MLF package or die form. Operation is guaranteed from a 3.3 V +10% power supply over the – 40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range.

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