The data center dilemma
To address the need for more high-speed connections and getting 800G connectivity in backend data center networks and applications, Microchip comes with a solution. The company notes that Active Electrical Cables (AECs) are the best way to handle the dilemma, however there are many design and development obstacles for cable vendors to deal with regarding them.
What is Microchip’s solution?
Microchip released an “accelerated development path for these Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Double Density (QSFP-DD) and Octal Small Form Factor Pluggable (OSFP) AEC cable products” utilizing its META-DX2C 800G retimer.
This retimer is the company’s solution for 800G AEC product development by using “high-performance, long-reach 112G SerDes that can support up to 40 dB reach, enabling the design of thinner and longer AECs that are crucial for dense hyperscaler infrastructure buildouts.” The META-DX2C 800G retimer can also resolve connectivity issues in high-capacity data center switches and routers where high density and data rates can make signal integrity problems.
What comes with the Microchip META-DX2C 800G retimer?
The META-DX2C 800G retimer also includes a paddle card hardware reference design and Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) software package. This not only reduces development resources required for cable manufacturers, but also hastens AEC product development and simplifies supply-chain management.