Microsemi Delivers Highly-Integrated 'Any-rate' Clock Multipliers with Industry-leading Low Jitter

Company Continues to Accelerate Timing and Synchronization Product Developments for Communications Market

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Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of six new multi-frequency, 'any-rate' clock synthesis and frequency-conversion/jitter-attenuation products. The new solutions focus on high frequency and ultra-low jitter output clocks with integration of fanout buffers and optional custom configuration. These solutions target applications such as enterprise routers and switches, storage area network (SAN) equipment, servers and communications equipment.

With the increase of data rates and bandwidth demand to support faster access to data, high-speed transceivers are deployed in new systems to meet these requirements. Microsemi's new clock generator family is ideal for clocking high-speed transceivers, including 10G, 40G and 100G Ethernet, and supporting many interfaces including Fiber Channel, Infiniband, XAUI and PCI Express.

The MAX24405/10 and MAX24505/10 high-performance clock synthesizers and the MAX24605 and MAX24610 high-performance jitter attenuators deliver industry-leading jitter as low as 180 femtoseconds to provide spec-compliant timing for high-performance system components and multi-gigabit interfaces. All variants provide any-to-any frequency conversions for clock signals from 10MHz to 750MHz.

"In the last six months, we strengthened our timing and synchronization portfolio with our first family of clock buffers, highly integrated dual- and single-channel clock generators, and now six high-performance multi-frequency clock synthesis solutions," said Maamoun Seido, vice president and business unit manager of Microsemi's timing products. "We continue to focus on accelerating product development programs across our timing and synchronization portfolio and aligning our roadmap with industry needs."

Market research firm Databeans estimates the clock generation integrated circuit market to grow from more than $700 million in 2012 to approximately $1 billion in 2017.

Product Information

Each product variant integrates two synthesizers and supports two independent frequency families, replacing competing two-chip solutions. The MAX24505 and MAX24510 have on-chip EEPROM for custom configuration allowing designers to easily provide desired clocks immediately after power-up.

Additional features include:

- Ability to generate up to 20 output clock signals in two frequency families with control over each output clock's signal format, voltage, drive strength, frequency divider and phase, eliminating the need for external support components such as fanout buffers and format converters.
- The MAX24605/10 jitter attenuators integrate a low-loop-bandwidth digital phase locked loop (DPLL) to filter low-frequency jitter starting at 4Hz.
- All variants are pin-compatible providing easy migration of clock-tree designs from one platform to another.

Microsemi is the market leader in network synchronization and offers an industry-leading portfolio focused on timing solutions for packet networks (SyncE and IEEE1588) and optical transport network (OTN) systems. The company offers a complete portfolio of timing products for high-performance network synchronization including digital phase locked loop (DPLL) solutions to drive network clocks, as well as analog and mixed-signal timing ICs to meet performance requirements for up to 100G interfaces.

Microsemi's clock management solutions include clock generators and synthesizers, clock fanout buffers and rate conversion jitter attenuators that allow product developers to simplify system and board design.

Pricing

The six product variants are available in production volumes now starting at $6.50 each in 10,000 unit quantities.

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