Credo and FIT Deliver Robust 10m 100G Active Copper Cable Solutions

Low Power Technology Delivers Robust, Low Cost Data Center Connectivity Solutions

Milpitas, Calif., May 22, 2017 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, and Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Inc. ("FIT"), a leading supplier of interconnect solutions, announced today that they will demonstrate robust and error-free 100G QSFP28 active copper cable (ACC) connectivity solutions with reach up to 10 meters (m) in a private suite at the Grand Hyatt during the Computex Show, May 30-June 3, in Taipei. 

The new cables will enable server designers to transition to higher bandwidths using cost-effective copper solutions, rather than having to adopt costly optical alternatives. To that end, Centec, an established leader in Ethernet switching, intends to adopt ACC for its data center solutions, accelerating the transition to the technology in 100G intra-rack and inter-rack applications.

‘’The continuous demand to lower cost while increasing bandwidth in data centers requires on-going innovation of serial link technology,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of business at Credo. “The combination of FIT’s latest QSFP28 ACC and Credo’s low power, low latency 100G retimer devices provides a low cost alternative to conventional active optical cables (AOCs) for intra and inter-rack connections.”

“Centec has been focusing on high-speed Ethernet switch silicon design for over 12 years,” said XiaoYang Zheng, vice president of engineering at Centec. “This newly released QSFP28 ACC is an exciting innovation to thefast growing 100GE connections, as it maintains the same high performance while lowering power consumption and cost. We’re glad to be one of the early adopters of this new technology. Combined with Centec’s Ethernet switching silicon, we believe this new ACC will bring great value to our customers for high-speed connections, such as in data centers.”

“Partnering with Centec is proof that a 100G ACC is a cost-effective alternative to AOC solutions for intermediate reaches from three to 10 meters,” said Yan Margulis, vice president of sales at FIT. “We expect this innovation to accelerate the transition to 100G in the data center—something that has been enabled by our close collaboration with Credo.”

To support the demand for ever-growing  bandwidth, maintaining copper interconnects between servers and top-of-rack switches would save significant capital expenditure (CAPEX) spending in the transition from 10G to 25G single lane data rates. The joint development of 100G QSFP28 ACCs   provides connectivity between standard QSFP ports. The QSFP28 ACC is capable of supporting four full-duplex lanes, with each lane transmitting data up to 25G per direction, providing an aggregate bandwidth of 100G. The ACC utilizes Credo’s state- of-the-art mixed-signal processing technology to provide cost-effective intermediate-reach data center interconnects, unachievable with passive copper cable (PCC). Leveraging Credo’s unique low power technology, the 100G ACC consumes significantly less power than that of competing AOCs.

Please contact sales@credosemi.com to schedule a time to view the 10m ACC demonstration.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com

About Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Limited (“FIT”)

Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Limited focuses on the development, manufacturing and marketing of electronic and optoelectronic connectors, antennas, acoustic components, cables and modules for applications in computers, communication equipment, consumer electronics, automobiles, industrial and green energy field products. With offices and manufacturing sites located in Asia, the Americas and Europe, FIT is a global leader in the manufacturing of high precision interconnect components.

For more information, visit FIT's website: http://www.fit-foxconn.com

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Credo Unveils Robust Portfolio of 56G and 112G PAM-4 PHY Connectivity Solutions

High-Performance, Low-Power Devices Enable Data Center Scalability to 50G, 100G, 200G, 400G and Beyond

 Milpitas, Calif., May 8, 2017 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced a comprehensive portfolio of 56G and 112G PAM-4 PHY devices, enabling connectivity for enterprise, hyperscale datacenter, and service provider networks. Leveraging Credo’s unique, patented mixed signal processing technology, the new PHY devices deliver industry-leading performance and low power. This unique approach avoids the need for power-hungry DSP SerDes architectures and the requirement to be on the most advanced processing nodes. Credo has also leveraged its low latency, low power forward error correction (FEC) technology to guarantee end-to-end, error-free performance as networks transition from 25G to 50G and 100G single-lane rates.

“Our new portfolio has been developed to meet the bandwidth requirements of the next generation of hyperscale datacenter buildouts,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of business development for Credo. “With a unique architecture that delivers the best of both analog and digital approaches, these new 56G and 112G PHY devices achieve power and performance targets in 28nm that have not been possible with competitive approaches. This means that we are able to meet stringent customer requirements while leveraging more cost-effective process nodes.”

“As manufacturers begin to develop equipment for emerging hyperscale data centers, they not only need guarantees of error-free transmission from their PHYs, but also want to build their systems and networks as efficiently as possible,” said Simon Stanley, principal consultant at Earlswood Marketing. “Architectures that can meet the power and performance requirements of next-generation networking equipment without having to move to smaller geometries have the potential to reduce time, cost and risk for these manufacturers.”

The Credo connectivity solutions are optimized for a range of applications.  The optical family is focused on QSFP28, QSFP56, QSFP-DD, and OSFP pluggable modules supporting standards such as DR1, 2xDR1, DR4, FR4, FR8, and CWDM8.  The copper family provides designers with a range of solutions to deliver robust signal integrity connections for backplane, front-panel and ACC.

Credo Optical Connectivity:

  • CMX125100P - 100G (4x28G NRZ to 1x112G PAM-4 PHY) for QSFP28 (i.e., DR1)
  • CMX225100P - 200G (8x28G NRZ to 2x112G PAM-4 PHY) for QSFP-DD, OSFP (i.e., 2xDR1)
  • CMX450100P - 400G (8x56GG PAM-4 to 4x112G PAM-4 PHY) for QSFP-DD, OSFP (i.e., DR4, FR4)
  • CRT5014P - 400G (4x56G PAM-4 to 4x56GG PAM-4) for QSFP56 (i.e., CWDM4)
  • CRT5018P - 400G (8x56G PAM-4 to 8x56GG PAM-4) for QSFP-DD, OSFP (i.e., FR8, CWDM8)

Credo Copper Connectivity:

  • CMX22550P - 200G (4x56G PAM4 to 8x28G NRZ PHY) for backplanes and line cards
  • CMX42550P - 400G (8x56G PAM4 to 16x28G NRZ PHY) for backplanes and line cards
  • CRT5024P - 200G (4x56G PAM4 PHY to 4x56G PAM4 PHY) for servers, NIC, and line cards
  • CRT5028P - 400G (8x56G PAM4 PHY to 8x56G PAM4 PHY) for backplanes and line cards
  • CRT50216P - 800G (16x56G PAM4 PHY to 16x56G PAM4 PHY) for backplanes and line cards

Several members of the Credo connectivity family are sampling and Credo has evaluation platforms to validate in-system performance.  Please contact sales@credosemi.com for more information.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  Credo has offices in Milpitas, California, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com

Credo Demonstrates Single-Lane 112G and 56G PAM4 SerDes IP at TSMC Technology Symposium 2017

Shows Solutions For Data Center Connectivity in 100G, 200G and 400G Networks

Milpitas, Calif., March 13, 2017 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it will demonstrate its full offering of advanced SerDes IP at this week’s TSMC Technology Symposium, including a single-lane 112G PAM4 short reach (SR) IP solution and long reach (LR) 56Gbps PAM4 SerDes IP solution.

The wide range of Credo SerDes IP solutions enables ASIC, ASSP, and SoC designers to meet the power and performance requirements of a variety of emerging IEEE standards and Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) implementation agreements, including 100GBase-DR1, 400GBase-DR4, and 200G/400GBase-FR4.

WHERE:   TSMC Technology Symposium

                Santa Clara Convention Center

                5001 Great America Parkway

                Santa Clara, CA 95054

                Booth #903

 

WHEN:     March 15, 2017

                8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

 

WHAT:     The 23rd annual TSMC Technology Symposium will showcase TSMC’s advanced and specialty technologies, advanced backend capabilities and future development plans.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates. Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. 

Credo Demonstrates 112G PAM4 SR, 56G PAM4 LR, and 56G NRZ SerDes Technology at DesignCon

Robust Low Power Solutions Drive Error-Free Connectivity in Backplanes and Copper Cables

Milpitas, Calif., January 30, 2017 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it will conduct multiple demonstrations of its low power 112Gbps(G) PAM4, 56G PAM4 LR and 56GNRZ LR SerDes technologies at DesignCon 2017. The conference takes place this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., with exhibits running Feb 1-2.

"The continued demand to accelerate bandwidth in data center, enterprise and high performance computing environments requires continued innovation for serial link technology," said Rajan Pai, vice president of system applications at Credo. “These demonstrations show how our unique SerDes architecture creates new opportunities for cable and backplane manufacturers, delivering the low power and error-free connectivity these solutions demand.”

emonstrations with Keysight (Booth #725) and Amphenol (Booth #641) will showcase Credo’s low power 112G PAM4-SR and 56G PAM4-LR technology.  Molex (Booth #619) demos leverage Credo’s 56G PAM4-LR and 56G NRZ LR SerDes IP over copper cables and backplanes. The 56G NRZ demonstrations highlight the fact that high performance computing (HPC) environments have the ability to deploy low latency, error-free systems without the need for forward-error correction (FEC).  Additionally, Credo is demonstrating long-reach 28G technology with Leoni (Booth #946), showcasing 10-meter cables for data center connectivity.

Demonstrations with Amphenol

Credo will conduct two demonstrations with Amphenol. The first will show 112G PAM4 SR transport over Amphenol’s ExaMAX+™ Direct-Mate Orthogonal connector system. The second demonstration will show 56G PAM4 transport over FCI’s ExaMAX® backplane interconnect system with over 35dB of insertion loss.

"Amphenol’s portfolio of high-speed interconnect solutions is unmatched in the industry," said Dana Bergey, signal integrity manager at Amphenol’s Valley Green Design Center.  "ExaMAX connectors are used in many 28G applications around the world—in standard backplane, midplane, mezzanine, coplanar, and direct-mate orthogonal configurations.  At last year’s DesignCon exhibit, we worked with Credo to show standard ExaMAX products running—error-free—with 56G PAM4 and 56G NRZ silicon. This year, we are demonstrating 112G PAM4 signal transmission using Credo silicon and Amphenol’s new ExaMAX+ extension to the ExaMAX connector family."

Demonstrations with Keysight

The Credo demonstration with Keysight will highlight Credo’s 112G PAM4 evaluation board and Keysight’s new 100 GHz N1046A remote head plug-in module for the 86100D DCA-X Wide Bandwidth Oscilloscope. The live demonstration in the Keysight booth will show the new Keysight measurement system performing actual measurements on Credo’s 112 Gb/s, 56 Gbaud PAM4 devices, which are among the first available on the market at this speed.

"Keysight has extended the bandwidth of its popular DCA-X series of oscilloscopes to 100 GHz in order to provide the best fidelity and highest measurement accuracy for characterization of next-generation SerDes and systems using PAM-4 modulation in excess of 50 Gbaud (100 Gb/s)," said Joachim Peerlings, vice president and general manager, networks and data centers solutions, Keysight.

The Keysight DCA-X system’s unmatched capability showcases the state-of-the art performance of Credo’s chipset and was a key enabler in its development. 

Demonstrations with Molex

Credo will conduct three demonstrations with Molex. For the first demonstration, Credo will supply transmitting and receiving electronics, showing error-free 56G NRZ and 56G PAM4 live serial traffic with crosstalk aggressors on Molex’s Impulse™ OD Backplane Connector System.  The second will feature Molex’s Impel™ PLUS Backplane Connector System using Credo’s 56G PAM4 LR evaluation system to transmit 56 Gbps PAM4 data, showing error-free performance.  The third demonstration shows error-free 56G PAM4 traffic through an eight meter copper cable using the zQSFP+™form factor.

"This demonstration will highlight the feasibility of running extremely high speed, next-generation data rates, on form factors that are already in use for extended distances," said Joe Dambach, product manager, Molex. "By pairing our advanced cabling solutions with Credo SerDes technology, we can show groundbreaking signal integrity performance at very high speeds over increasing lengths using copper cables."

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates. Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo Demonstrates Single-Lane 112G and 56G PAM-4 SerDes IP at TSMC OIP Forum

Shatters Performance, Bandwidth Barriers to Enable Next-Generation Data Center Solutions

Milpitas, Calif., September 19, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it will demonstrate its full offering of advanced SerDes IP at the upcoming TSMC Open Innovation Platform® (OIP) Ecosystem Forum, including a new single-lane 112G PAM-4 short reach (SR) IP solution and a new long reach (LR) 56Gbps PAM-4 SerDes IP solution. The wide range of Credo SerDes IP solutions enables ASIC, ASSP, and SoC designers to instantly design low-power, high-performance chip-to-chip, chip-to-module, chip-to-backplane and cable solutions for data centers, enterprise networks, and high-performance computing applications.

WHERE:   

TSMC OIP Ecosystem Forum

San Jose McEnery Convention Center

150 West San Carlos Street

San Jose, CA 95113

Booth #612

WHEN:    

September 22, 2016

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHAT:     

The Open Innovation Platform® is hosted by TSMC and built on the company's design-enabling building blocks and an ecosystem interface. The Open Innovation Platform® is available to customers and ecosystem partners to improve time-to-market, increase return on investment and reduce waste. 

Credo will drive 56G PAM-4 signals, error free, across a variety of LR channels, as well as demonstrate a wide range of previously announced 28G and 56G SerDes IP on TSMC’s 28nm, 16nmFF+, and 16nmFFC processes.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo 16-nm 28G and 56G PAM-4 SerDes Now Available on TSMC FinFET Compact Process

Enables Customers to Leverage Advanced, Low-Power Process for Next-Generation Designs

Milpitas, Calif., May 9, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced the availability of its 28G and 56G PAM-4 SerDes transceiver IP on TSMC’s 16-nm FinFET Compact (16FFC) process, enabling its growing customer base to take advantage of the low-power benefits of this advanced, new process in next-generation designs.

“Our close relationship with TSMC translates into a win-win for customers,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.  “As one of the first SerDes IP suppliers to port to this node, we enable the best of both worlds – the combination of robust SerDes solutions with TSMC’s advanced low-power 16FFC process.  We look forward to supporting the needs of our mutual customers who are already adopting 16FFC for their next-generation designs.”

“TSMC continues to expand 16-nm manufacturing options, providing customers with advanced technology to enable their end products,” said Suk Lee, TSMC Senior Director, Design Infrastructure Marketing Division. “We have many customers that want both 28G and 56G SerDes IP solutions, and the availability of Credo’s IP provides a proven solution for 16FFC high-performance computing applications.”

Availability and Deliverables

The Credo 28G and 56G PAM4 SerDes IP is available now on the TSMC 16-nm FinFET Plus (FF+) and 16FFC processes.  Deliverables include user and SoC integration guides; netlist; timing library; register map; Verilog, ATPG, and IBIS-AMI models; LEF views; Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) and Design Rule Check (DRC) reports.

Those interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments, should contact sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo 16-nm 56G PAM-4 SerDes IP Now Available

Delivers Advanced IP on the TSMC 16-nm FinFET+ Process

Milpitas, Calif., March 14, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced that its 56Gbps PAM-4 SerDes IP is available for the TSMC 16-nm FinFET+process. Based on Credo’s unique analog architecture that delivers low power and high performance, the new SerDes IP can be leveraged by ASIC, SoC and systems designers to dramatically increase bandwidth in data centers, enterprise networks, and high-performance computing applications.

“We continue to provide our high-profile semiconductor and networking customers a migration path to the industry’s fastest data rates with cutting-edge performance and extremely low power,”said Jeff Twombly, vice president of business developmentat Credo. “Credo’s unique analog architecture delivers a compelling solution for optimizing power and performance as our customers move from single-lane 28G connections to single-lane 56G connections. As important, our solutions enable innovations at the sytem level that meet the accelerating demand for higher bandwidth in data centers.”

Credo has demonstrated its solution by driving a 56G PAM-4 signal, error free,across a variety of copper cable lengths. Credo also has a wide range of previously announced 28G and 56G SerDes IP available.

Supporting the speed and modulation schemes in definition by emerging IEEE and OIF CEI standards, the new Credo 56G PAM-4 SerDes IP is ideal for use in next-generation chip-to-chip, chip-to-module, chip-to-backplane and cable solutions targeting 100G and 400G networks. It can also be used in existing networks to provide 10G, 25G, 40G and 50G connectivity with extended reach.

Availability and Deliverables

The Credo 56G PAM-4 SerDes IP is available now on the TSMC 16-nm FinFET+ process and is expected to be available Q2 2016 on the TSMC FinFET Compact (FFC) process.  Deliverables include user and SoC integration guides; netlist; timing library; register map; Verilog, ATPG, and IBIS-AMI models; LEF views; Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) and Design Rule Check (DRC) reports.

Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments, should contact sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo 100G Retimer Family Delivers Unparalleled Low-Power and Extended Reach

Enables Robust Signal Integrity for Backplane, Front Panel and Cable Applications

Milpitas, Calif., Feb.23, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it is expanding its product offering with a new retimer family that leverages the company’s unique 25G SerDes architecture to deliver industry-leading power and reach. Providing extended reach performance of over 40dB, the Credo® CRT25XX family provides guaranteed, end-to-end signal integrity in backplane, front panel andcopper cable applications.

“The introduction of the CRT25XX retimer family furthers Credo’s commitment to provide high performance interconnect solutions that are required to fuel the next generation of data center, enterprise networking, and high performance computing platforms,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of business developmentat Credo." In addition to providing unparalleled signal integrity, we are leveraging our extensive analog and mixed-signal expertise to develop solutions with extremely low power consumption and superior reach which are critical in scaling network speeds to 100G, 200G, 400G, and beyond.”

The new retimer family delivers the industry’s lowest power at less than 200mW per channel while achieving over 40dB of insertion loss performance. The extended reach performance provides robust signal integrity at 25Gbps across the most difficult channels, including legacy backplanes. In addition, system level integration and deployment is simplified with the company's unique Credo® Link Primer™ technology, which provides advanced auto-negotiation capabilities and highly flexible link trainingto enable seamless interoperability with IEEE-compliant devices from other vendors.

The Credo CRT25XX family consists of single and multi-channel devices that support bandwidth from 25Gbps to 200Gbps.  Family members include:

  • 25G bi-directional 1x25G retimer (CRT2521)

  • 50G bi-directional 2x25G retimer (CRT2522)

  • 100G bi-directional 4x25G retimer (CRT2524)

  • 200G bi-directional 8x25G retimer (CRT2528)

  • 200G uni-directional 8x25G retimer (CRT2518)

Additional Features Include:

Support for the latest interface standards driving the Ethernet and optical markets, including:

  • IEEE 802.3by (single-lane 25G), IEEE 802.3ba (40/100G)

  • CEI-25G-LR (long-reach backplane and copper cables)

  • CEI-28G-SR (chip-to-chip), CEI-28G-VSR (chip-to-module)

  • Auto Negotiation per IEEE 802.3 Clause 73

  • KR backchannel per IEEE 802.3 Clause 72

  • MDIO interface per IEEE 802.3-2012 Clause 45

Advanced and flexible equalization capabilities, including:

  • TX equalization with programmable main, pre, and post-cursor

  • Fully adaptive and programmable RX equalization with CTLE and DFE

  • Programmable Tx/Rx equalization of all SerDes interfaces

  Comprehensive diagnostics features, including:

  • Pattern generator and checker (PRBS and user defined)

  • Internal eye monitor

  • Analog test points

  • Input/output polarity swapping

Availability and Packaging

Credo is currently sampling the CRT2524 bi-directional quad-channel device in a 10x10mm BGA package.  Credo supports its offering with an evaluation kit, also available now, that allows customers to quickly evaluate the performance in their specific application environments.  Other device family members are expected to sample in Q2.

Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo Demonstrates 56G PAM-4, 56G NRZ and 28G NRZ SerDes Technology at DesignCon

Robust Solutions Drive Error-Free Connectivity in Backplanes and Copper Cables

Milpitas, Calif., January 19, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it will conduct multiple demonstrations of its 56 Gbps(G) PAM-4, 56GNRZ and 28G NRZ SerDes technologies at DesignCon 2016. The conference starts today at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif., with exhibits taking place Jan. 20-21.

‘’New innovation in enterprise, data center and HPC environments require faster, denser, and longer reach connectivity solutions to improve network, computing, and storage throughput,” said Rajan Pai, vice president of system applications at Credo. “These demonstrations with high-profile cable and connector manufacturers using our latest Credo 56G PAM-4 and MUX solutions, as well as our proven 28G and 56G NRZ solutions, unleash new opportunities in cable, connector and optical component offerings for quick adoption within existing data center infrastructures.”

Demonstrations with Amphenol (Booth #635), Amphenol FCI (Booth #533) and Molex (Booth #817) leverage Credo’s 56G NRZ SerDes IP evaluation platform and Credo’s recently announced 100G CMX12520 multiplexer (MUX)/retimer chip—enabled by Credo’s 56G PAM-4 SerDes—to drive error-free connectivityover copper cables, orthogonal backplanes,and cable backplanes. The 56G NRZ demonstrations highlight the fact that high performance computing (HPC) environments have the ability to deploy low latency, error-free systems without the need for forward-error correction (FEC).  Additionally, Credo is demonstrating long-reach 28G technology with Lorom (Booth #502), showcasing highly malleable 3-meter and 5-meter copper cables for datacenter connectivity.

Demonstrations with Amphenol FCI

Credo will conduct two demonstrations with Amphenol FCI.  The first will show 56G NRZ transport over FCI’s ExaMAX® direct-mate orthogonal interconnect system.  The second demonstration will show 56G PAM-4 transport over the same architecture.

“Now that FCI is a member of the Amphenol family, we can collaborate with our sister divisions to offer an unmatched portfolio of high-speed interconnect solutions,” said Dana Bergey, signal integrity manager at Amphenol FCI.  “ExaMAX® connectors have become a very popular choice for 28G applications around the globe, including standard backplane, midplane, mezzanine, coplanar, and direct-mate orthogonal versions.  We are excited to work with Credo to show how ExaMAX products can successfully pass 56GB signals—error-free—with all the popular encoding techniques.”

Demonstration with Lorom

Credo will conduct two demonstrations with Lorom. In addition to driving error-free 28G signals across standard Lorom Emaxx cables at lengths up to eight meters, the Credo 28G SerDes IP evaluation platform will be leveraged to demonstrate error-free transmission acrossLorom’s light-weight and highly flexible three-meter and five-metercables in both SFP and QSFP form factors.

Lorom’s bulk cable performance utilizes low-loss foamed dielectric, low surface roughness foils and proprietary manufacturing processes to achieve among the lowest insertion loss per meter in the industry. In addition to having this low insertion loss performance, Lorom’s well-balanced cables exhibit nominal mode conversion below 30dB. This further minimizes insertion loss and provides consistent pair-to-pair performance.

“The combination of Lorom’s advanced cabling technology and Credo’s industry leading SerDes technology enables signals to be pushed farther in length, across cables with smaller outer diameters, without the need for FEC,” said Henning Hansen, chief operating officer of The Lorom Group. “The small size, light weight and extreme malleability of these cables should have a profound impact on front-panel datacenter rack connectivity.

Demonstrations with Molex

Credo will conduct two demonstrations withMolex. For the first demonstration,Credo will supply transmitting and receiving electronics, showing error-free 56G NRZ and 56G PAM-4 live serial traffic on the zQSFP+™form factor using a high-speed copper cable. The second demonstration will highlight the Molex Impel™ backplane cable assembly driving 56G speeds in both NRZ and PAM-4 applications.

“This demonstration will highlight the feasibility of running extremely high, next-generation data rates, even on form factors that are already in use,” said Joe Dambach, product manager, Molex. “By pairing our advanced cabling solutions with Credo SerDes technology, we can show groundbreaking signal integrity performance at very high speeds.”

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com

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Credo is a trademark of Credo Semiconductor.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Credo Delivers Industry’s Lowest Power 100G MUX Device Based on 50Gbps SerDes Technology

New Chip Solution Leverages Analog PAM-4 SerDes to Enable 50Gbps/Lambda Optical Connectivity

Milpitas, Calif., January 12, 2016 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it is entering the chip market with a sub 1 Watt multiplexer (MUX)/retimer device that leverages the company’s unique SerDes architecture and low-cost analog technology to enable 100G optical modules with 50G per lambda throughput. The Credo® CMX12550 MUX, sampling now, supports four bidirectional lanes running at 25Gbps with NRZ signaling and 2 bidirectional lanes running at 50Gbps with PAM-4 signaling.

“The combination of our unique analog architecture and advanced equalization techniques has allowed us to deliver a solution that solves the significant thermal and performance challenges associated with developing next-generation optical modules,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of business development for Credo. “As the first of many off-the-shelf semiconductor solutions to come from Credo, this new device demonstrates how our SerDes IP technology can be applied to enable accelerated throughput in the data center.”

While other companies have had to resort to high power and expensive DSP architectures to achieve 50Gbps SerDes line rates, Credo’s unique approach achieves these line rates with significantly lower power consumption while meeting the reach performance requirements of next-generation optical networking applications. In addition to optical modules, the CMX12550 device can also be deployed on line cards providing a native 50G PAM4 interface into optical modules, thus enabling a doubling of throughput on the front panel.

The device is compliant with many industry standards including CEI-28G-VSR/SR, CEI-56G-VSR-PAM4, CAUI-4, and CDAUI-8.

Availability and Packaging

Credo is currently sampling the CMX12550 device in a 10x10mm FCBGA package.  Credo supports its offering with a comprehensive evaluation kit, also available now, that allows customers to quickly assess the performance in their specific application environments.  Other device family members are expected to sample this summer.
Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com

Credo Delivers Industry’s Lowest Power 16nmFF+ 28GLR-Compliant SerDes IP with Comprehensive Development Platform

Speeds Deployment of Chips and Systems for Next Generation Data Center Designs

Milpitas, Calif., December2, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announcedthe commercial availability of a complete development platform for its advanced 28G SerDes IP on the TSMC16nmFF+ process node.The IP has been proven to deliver the industry’s lowest power, consuming less than200mW per transceiver at long reach (LR), and can be immediately deployed in chips and systems supporting a variety of industry standards such as IEEE 802.3bj and OIF CEI-25G-LR.

“By shattering perceived barriers in performance, power and process scalability, our SerDes IP enables SOC designers to rethink their design approach – the key factor in enabling true product innovation,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of Business Development for Credo. “Interconnect speeds in the data center are quickly transitioning to 25G, and Credo is well-positioned to enable the necessary SOC innovation at the 16nmFF+ processnode with a comprehensive development platform.”

Designers use Credo’s SerDes technology to accelerate throughput and deliver end-to-end signal integrity in next-generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity, such as next-generation switches and routers for 100G and 400G enabled networks.

Credo’s 28G SerDes development platform features:

  • Characterized silicon results on TSMC 16nmFF+

  • Less than 200mW dissipation per SerDes transceiver

  • Self-contained evaluation board with a robust GUI

  • Advanced and flexible equalization capabilities with>35dB of insertion loss performance at PRBS31

  • Excellent random jitter performance of<150fs

  • Complete diagnostic suite

  • Broad standards support

  • Support for a broad range of data rates from 1.25G to 28.25G

  • Comprehensive documentation, modeling, layout and verification information

Availability and Packaging

The Credo 28G SerDes IP is available now on both TSMC 16nmFF+ and TSMC28-nm process nodes.  Deliverables include User and SoC integration guides; netlist; timing library; register map; Verilog, ATPG, and IBIS-AMI models; LEF views; Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) and Design Rule Check (DRC) reports. 

Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments, should contact sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com.

Credo Raises $8 Million in Series A Funding

Walden Leads Round to Accelerate Development of High-Speed SerDes Interconnect Solutions for Data Centers and Enterprise Networks

Milpitas, Calif., August 31, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced that it has raised over $8 million in Series A funding led by global venture capital firm, Walden International.  In addition to scaling every aspect of the Credo operation, the funding will be used to expand the development and deployment of its leading-edge SerDes IP and complementary high-speed interconnect devices. Designers use Credo’s technology to accelerate throughput and deliver end-to-end signal integrity in next-generation platforms requiring single-lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity, such as next-generation switches and routers for 100G and 400G enabled networks.

“It’s no secret that cloud technologies, big data and mobility are driving the need for massive bandwidth expansion in the data center and yet, at the same time, the design hurdle is increasing exponentially for robust, single-lane SerDes solutions at 25G, 50G and 100G,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo. “SerDes technology is arguably the single most important challenge for designers needing to reliably scale network bandwidth, and we continue to demonstrate our technical advantages to customers serving this market.  This round of funding will enable us to accelerate delivery on our SerDes IP roadmap, while augmenting our IP with complementary SerDes-based device solutions.”

Privately-funded since 2008, Credo has consistently delivered breakthroughs in SerDes technology.  Its many technical achievements include the delivery of the industry’s first and only 50G SerDes IP based on NRZ modulation, as well as the delivery of the industry’s first 25G and 50G SerDes IP in the TSMC 16-nm FF+ process – a testament to the technology’s robustness and ability to scale to the most advanced process nodes. 

“We believe Credo Semiconductor is poised for success in markets that are expected to experience massive growth,” said Lip-Bu Tan, chairman and founder of Walden International.  “As our portfolio demonstrates, we partner with the best of the best in the industry, and Credo is one of those companies.  Their differentiated technology and sound business fundamentals give the industry a solid source for solutions that are capable of dramatically scaling bandwidth in data center and enterprise networks.”

The new round of funding will enable Credo to scale its operations and roadmap, while expanding the market for its SerDes technology.  Credo intends to add to its existing 25G and 50G SerDes IP, moving to higher speeds and introducing new versions based on PAM-4 modulation.  The company will also begin leveraging its SerDes IP in a new line of high speed interconnect products, including retimers and multiplexers that target front panel, backplane, and active cable applications.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo is a leading provider of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the data center, enterprise networking and high performance computing markets. Credo's advanced Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology delivers the bandwidth scalability and end-to-end signal integrity for next generation platforms requiring single lane 25G, 50G, and 100G connectivity.  The company makes its SerDes available in the form of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing on the most advanced processing nodes and with complementary product families focused on extending reach and multiplexing to higher data rates.  Credo is headquartered in Milpitas, California and has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  For more information:  www.credosemi.com

Credo First to Demonstrate 28G SerDes on 16FinFET Plus Technology

Leads the Industry with First Public Demonstration at TSMC Symposium

Milpitas, Calif. and Shanghai, China, May 6, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it is the first company to deliver silicon-proven 28G NRZ SerDes IP on the TSMC 16-nm FinFET+ (FF+) process, and will demonstrate its high-performance, low power characteristics at the TSMC Symposium this week in Shanghai, China.  Credo is also demonstrating its 28G SerDes at 28-nm, also available now, and providing a preview in silicon of a new 56G SerDes using PAM-4 signaling.  The solutions will be on display in Booth B-10.

The new 16nmFF+ 28G SerDes is immediately available to designers targeting chip-to-module, chip-to-chip, and chip-to-fabric applications.  ASIC, ASSP and SoC designers must move to more advanced process technologies in order to address the rising bandwidth and performance demands driven by enterprise, data center and high-performance computing applications. 

“This demonstration delivers on our commitment to establish technology leadership in SerDes IP so that our customers can deliver their own compelling networking solutions and pave the way to 100G and 400G networks,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.  “Perhaps even more important than being first to market, though, is our ability to continue to drive down power, while maintaining the best reach, noise immunity and jitter performance in the industry.”

“This is a significant milestone – not just for Credo, but for the industry,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group.  “The combination of 16nmFF+ with 28Gbps SerDes technology is critical to enabling the high-density ASICs required for 400G port speeds and Terabit line cards."

The 16nmFF+ 28G SerDes will enable solutions that support industry standards including CEI-25G-SR, CEI-25G-MR and CEI-25G-LR, with insertion loss performance with 40dB class requirements. It also supports the IEEE 802.3bj standard defining 100G transmission over backplanes and copper cables.

The Credo 28G SerDes delivers random jitter performance of less than 120 fs.  Further, the Credo 28G features unique Rx auto-adaptation which eliminates the need for post-silicon tuning and/or firmware updates and release management, excellent supply noise rejection, and a wide range of Rx input common mode tolerance – all of which simplify system-level , board-level, and chip-level integration.

Availability

The Credo 28G SerDes IP is available now.  Credo supports its IP with comprehensive documentation, modeling, layout and verification information.  Deliverables include user and integration guides; netlist; timing library; register map; Verilog, ATPG, and IBIS-AMI models; Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) and Design Rule Check (DRC) reports.

Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets.  The company’s SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com

Credo First to Demonstrate 28G SerDes on 16FinFET Plus Technology

Leads the Industry with First Public Demonstration at TSMC Symposium

Milpitas, Calif. and Shanghai, China, May 6, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it is the first company to deliver silicon-proven 28G NRZ SerDes IP on the TSMC 16-nm FinFET+ (FF+) process, and will demonstrate its high-performance, low power characteristics at the TSMC Symposium this week in Shanghai, China.  Credo is also demonstrating its 28G SerDes at 28-nm, also available now, and providing a preview in silicon of a new 56G SerDes using PAM-4 signaling.  The solutions will be on display in Booth B-10.

The new 16nmFF+ 28G SerDes is immediately available to designers targeting chip-to-module, chip-to-chip, and chip-to-fabric applications.  ASIC, ASSP and SoC designers must move to more advanced process technologies in order to address the rising bandwidth and performance demands driven by enterprise, data center and high-performance computing applications. 

“This demonstration delivers on our commitment to establish technology leadership in SerDes IP so that our customers can deliver their own compelling networking solutions and pave the way to 100G and 400G networks,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.  “Perhaps even more important than being first to market, though, is our ability to continue to drive down power, while maintaining the best reach, noise immunity and jitter performance in the industry.”

“This is a significant milestone – not just for Credo, but for the industry,” said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group.  “The combination of 16nmFF+ with 28Gbps SerDes technology is critical to enabling the high-density ASICs required for 400G port speeds and Terabit line cards."

The 16nmFF+ 28G SerDes will enable solutions that support industry standards including CEI-25G-SR, CEI-25G-MR and CEI-25G-LR, with insertion loss performance with 40dB class requirements. It also supports the IEEE 802.3bj standard defining 100G transmission over backplanes and copper cables.

The Credo 28G SerDes delivers random jitter performance of less than 120 fs.  Further, the Credo 28G features unique Rx auto-adaptation which eliminates the need for post-silicon tuning and/or firmware updates and release management, excellent supply noise rejection, and a wide range of Rx input common mode tolerance – all of which simplify system-level , board-level, and chip-level integration.

Availability

The Credo 28G SerDes IP is available now.  Credo supports its IP with comprehensive documentation, modeling, layout and verification information.  Deliverables include user and integration guides; netlist; timing library; register map; Verilog, ATPG, and IBIS-AMI models; Layout Versus Schematic (LVS) and Design Rule Check (DRC) reports.

Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets.  The company’s SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com

Credo Demonstrates Industry’s First 56G NRZ Solutions at OFC 2015

Participates in Optical Internetworking Forum Technology Showcase

Milpitas, Calif., February 24, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it is demonstrating the industry’s first 56G NRZ SerDes as part of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Technology Showcase (Booth #613).  Together with solutions from other industry participants, the Credo 56G NRZ SerDes will drive three live demonstrations: a CEI-56G-VSR-NRZ channel, a CEI-56G-MR/LR-NRZ backplane and a CEI-56G-MR-NRZ passive copper cable.

“These demonstrations prove the viability of NRZ signaling at speeds up to 56G, and show how the technology can be extended to enablesignificant time-to-market, power, area and cost advantages,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.  “Having proven the technology, we continue to work closely with organizations like the OIF to deliver industry-standard, board-level and chip-to-chip solutions that address ever-increasing bandwidth demands.”

Credo intends to make the SerDes available as both IP and fully manufactured ASIC devices which can be used on line cards, in optical modules, in active copper cables, and in the next generation of switching, routing, and compute ASICs. The current version of the 57.5Gbps SerDes has been architected and manufactured using TSMC’s mature 40nm-G process.   The IP has been ported to both the TSMC 28-nm and 16nmFF+ processes. 

OIF Technology Showcase 2015 – It’s Happening Now – 56G Electrical Interfaces and Pluggable Coherent Optics

OIF member companies will unite under the banner of the OIF to showcase multi-vendor participation in the OIF Technology Showcase 2015.  The OIF’s Physical and Link Layer demonstration highlights live CEI-56G electrical interfaces. Also demonstrated is the emerging ecosystem for CFP2-ACOpluggable coherent optics, including subcomponents and test equipment.  A public demonstration will be on display at OFC, March 24-26, 2015 in Los Angeles in booth #613.  Additional info can be found at www.oiforum.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets.  The company’s SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com.

Credo Conducts First Public Demonstrations of 28G and 56G NRZ SerDes Technology

Shows Single-Lane 50G in Chip-to-Chip, Chip-to-Module and Backplane Applications

Hong Kong and Milpitas, Calif., January 21, 2015 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it will conduct multiple demonstrations of its 28G and 56G NRZ SerDes technology at the upcoming DesignCon 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif.  The company will show chip-to-chip, chip-to-module and backplane level reaches with Amphenol(Booth #635), Molex (Booth #619) and TE Connectivity (Booth #743).  These represent the first public demonstrations of the Credo transceiver technology, including the first SerDes IP to achieve over 57.5 Gbps speeds using NRZ signaling.

“As the first company to deliver CMOS silicon integrating 56G SerDes IP, we are now able to show how connector, cable and optical component manufacturers can deliver single-lane 50G and Nx56G capabilities to data center and enterprise applications,” said Jeff Twombly, vice president of Business Development at Credo. “As a result, equipment manufacturers will soon have access to products thatenable a significant increase in bandwidth using their existing infrastructure and testing methodologies.”

Demonstrations with Amphenol

Credo will conduct two demonstrations with Amphenol.  The first demonstration will show 56G NRZ transport over real-world application distances using Amphenol’s Paladin™ backplane interconnect system and Amphenol’s UltraSpeed™ low-loss PCB technology.

“Paladin is Amphenol’s latest breakthrough backplane interconnect offering,” said Mike Snyder, project lead for the Paladin development effort.  “Paladin incorporates advancements resulting in the most linear transmission and lowest crosstalk connector on the market.  The demonstration with Credo is significant because it is the first practical example that technology is capable of supportingbackplane roadmaps to 56G with NRZ signaling.”UltraSpeed utilizes material and process improvements that result in significantly lower absorptive loss in the PCB and can be leveraged in applications to run faster or further than current PCB designs.

The second demonstration will show 28G/lane transport over Amphenol’s QSFP28 cable assembly supporting nine-meter copper cable. The cable assembly setup includes the Amphenol Ultraport QSFP I/O connector and Amphenol's industry compliant measurement cards. The setup is intended to demonstrate copper cable length expansion capability for 100G Ethernet, IBTA EDR and other 28G/lane interconnection systems. 

Demonstrations with Molex

Credo Semiconductor and Molex Incorporated, Lisle, Ill., will use a high-speed copper cable to demonstrate 50 Gbps NRZ live serial traffic on the zQSFP+™ form factor.

“This demonstration will highlight the feasibility of running extremely high, next-generation data rates, even on form factors that are already in use,” said Joe Dambach, product manager, Molex.

Credo will be supplying transmitting and receiving electronics, and will drive a cable assembly using a 50 Gbps, NRZ encoded data stream, demonstrating this level of performance at acceptable BER across existing interconnects. This demo utilizes a Molex zQSFP+ cable assembly, and a zQSFP+ SMT connector interface.

Demonstrations with TE

TE Connectivity and Credo are jointly demonstrating 56Gb/s NRZ signaling over a backplane application using TE’s STRADA Whisper backplane connector system incorporating a cabled backplane structure.  The STRADA Whisper connector family is the de facto industry benchmark backplane connector for applications at 25Gbps and above. 

“This demo provides solid evidence of the multi-generational performance that existing STRADA Whisper connectors offer to equipment OEMs,” said Doug Lawrence, product manager, TE Connectivity.   “The excellent performance being exhibited is due to the exceptionally low cross talk offered by the STRADA Whisper connector and the low loss provided by TE’s TurboTwin twinax cabled backplane system.  STRADA Whisper cabled backplane systems have set an industry trend in equipment developed for 25Gbps and beyond due to their cost-effective superior electrical performance that will support future data rates, as proved in this demo.”

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets.  The company’s SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information, please visit www.credosemi.com.

Credo is a trademark of Credo Semiconductor.  STRADA Whisper is a trademark of TE Connectivity. zQSFP+ is a trademark of Molex Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Watch more videos on Credo's 50Gbps NRZ Demonstration at DesignCon 2015

Amphenol:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H_J79jxkqs&feature=youtu.be

FCI:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DXy-NI_ejY

Molex:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX2ZeSmLRiE

TE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inMcHN513dw&feature=youtu.be

Credo Tapes Out Industry-leading Serdes IP on 16-nm FinFET+ Process

Completes Port of 28G and 56G SerDes IP

Hong Kong and Milpitas, Calif., November 19, 2014 – Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced it has successfully taped out its popular 28G and 56G SerDes transceiver IP on TSMC’s 16-nm FinFET+ (FF+) process.  By successfully porting its IP to this advanced processing node, Credo enables ASSP, ASIC and SoC designers to deliver solutions that address the growing performance and bandwidth demands of next-generation 100G and 400G networks. 

“We have achieved unprecedented performance levels with our silicon-proven SerDes architectures, and expect to continue this trend on 16-nm FF+,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.  “Our architecture has broken new ground in the areas of power, noise immunity and jitter performance, and has also enabled us to deliver a 56G SerDes solution using NRZ technology – a first for the industry.  These metrics are not just a testament to the robustness of our technology, but are actually enabling greater innovation in the design of next-generation networking products.”

“Porting complex SerDes technology to 16-nmFF+ is no small feat, and the fact that Credo was able to do this so quickly is a significant milestone for the industry,” said Richard Wawrzyniak, senior market analyst for ASIC and SoC, Semico Research. "Today’s ASSPs, ASICs and SoCs often require very high-performance communications channels, and SerDes is the perfect vehicle to achieve this performance. Credo has provided the right solution to the industry at the right time."

About the Credo SerDes Architecture

Credo employs a SerDes architecture that is designed for industry-leading throughput, power and performance.  The Credo SerDes IP boasts unique Rx auto-adaptation which eliminates the need for post-silicon tuning and/or firmware updates and release management, excellent supply noise rejection, and a wide range of Rx input common mode tolerance – all of which simplify system-level , board-level, and chip-level integration.

Credo expects to make its 28G and 56G SerDes IP on 16nmFF+ available in March of 2015.  Companies interested in learning more about the company’s current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact: Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets.  The company’s SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com

Credo is a trademark of Credo Semiconductor.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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Credo Announces First 56G SerDes Technology Based on Conventional NRZ Modulation

Measures Performance up to 57.5Gbps

HONG KONG, CHINA and MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - September 08, 2014) - Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced the industry's first SerDes transceiver technology that can deliver speeds up to 57.5Gbps using NRZ signaling. NRZ signaling has been shown to provide significant power, area and cost advantages over alternative modulation schemes, but until now, has only been seen as viable at speeds up to 28Gbps. Credo was able to clock its device at 57.5 Gbps, achieving 50 Gbps speeds across a channel with more than 30 dB loss at Nyquist frequency.

"By delivering a single lane of over 56 Gbps of transmission capability, system architects can provide increased system performance and help to enable next-generation 50G, 100G and 400G platforms," said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor. "We've seen significant interest in the technology, not only from our customer base, but also from key standards bodies. We are encouraged to see that NRZ signaling at 56Gbps is under consideration by the OIF CEI-56G working group and the IEEE 400G task force for board-level, chip-to-chip interconnections."

"We see 56Gbps SerDes as an important enabling technology for 400G Ethernet, and Credo is first to demonstrate working transceivers in silicon," said Bob Wheeler, principal analyst at The Linley Group. "Just when many engineers saw NRZ as reaching the end of the road, Credo's crafty analog designers showed it still has a future."

Credo intends to make the SerDes available as both IP and fully manufactured ASIC devices which can be used on line cards, in optical modules, in active copper cables, and in the next generation of switching, routing, and compute ASICs. The current version of the 57.5Gbps SerDes has been architected and manufactured using TSMC's mature 40nm-G process. The IP is currently being ported to TSMC's 16nmFF+ process. 

In addition to the break through NRZ performance, the Credo SerDes features low jitter, low power, and low latency, as well as advanced TX pre-emphasis equalization, RX CTLE (continuous time linear equalization) and DFE (decision feedback equalization). 

Credo will offer a private evaluation to interested parties. Companies interested in learning more about Credo's current silicon and intellectual property engagement options, as well as future developments should contact Sales@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits and IP targeting the data center and enterprise networking markets. The company's SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com.

Credo is a trademark of Credo Semiconductor. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

Credo Semiconductor Appoints Jeff Twombly as Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Veteran Executive Tapped to Accelerate Growth of High-Speed SerDes Provider

HONG KONG, CHINA and MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwired - September 03, 2014) - Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) technology, today announced the appointment of Jeff Twombly as vice president of sales and business development. Jeff brings to Credo over 25 years of experience in marketing, positioning, and selling complex, system-level semiconductor solutions to networking, telecommunications and computing OEMs.

"With strong reception of our high-speed SerDes IP at both 28 nanometer (nm) and 16 nm, Credo is expanding its executive team to ensure we deliver the service and support that customers require," said Bill Brennan, chief executive officer of Credo Semiconductor. "Jeff's extensive knowledge in marketing and selling complex, high-value based solutions to our key markets makes him the ideal candidate for formalizing and executing a successful customer engagement strategy."

Credo Semiconductor was founded in 2008 to design and deliver high-speed SerDes IP and ASIC solutions for next-generation networking equipment. The company is the first to break through the 56GHz NRZ speed barrier using CMOS technology, which is significant as it enables high performance, low power connectivity and data throughput in key infrastructure equipment and cabling solutions.

"Credo is well positioned to accelerate the adoption of high-performance connectivity technology that will enable next-generation networking and data center equipment," said Twombly. "In addition, the company has a strong, customer-focused approach, which has already resulted in solid interest from top-tier OEMs. I look forward to working with this highly talented and motivated team in achieving our business goals."

Prior to joining Credo, Jeff held key senior executive positions at Frequentz, Parallocity, SiNett, and Cavium Networks. During his tenure, he gained extensive experience in building out worldwide sales and support teams, and managed revenue growth in excess of $250 million. His demonstrated strengths in leading edge technology evangelization, business development, sales and support will help in securing strategic partnerships and customer engagements to accelerate revenue growth at Credo.

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Credo Breaks Through the 50Gb/s NRZ Serial Data Rate Barrier

Hong Kong and Milpitas, CA., - April 12, 2014-Credo Semiconductor, a global innovation leader in SerDes technology, today announced the industry's first SerDes transceiver that can deliver speeds up to 55Gb/s NRZ signaling.  The SerDes (Serializer-Deserializer) was developed for the next generation 40G/100G/400G data center and enterprise networking applications. 

The unique 40nm CMOS design of the Credo SerDes features low jitter, low power, and low latency, as well as advanced TX pre-emphasis equalization, RX CTLE (continuous time linear equalization) and DFE (decision feedback equalization).  The SerDes has been tested at 50Gb/s across a test channel with more than 30dB loss at Nyquist frequency, clearly demonstrating that NRZ signaling can be extended well beyond today’s 28Gbps solutions.

“Credo has achieved an industry-first speed breakthrough that will enable innovative applications ranging from “100Gb/s to 400Gb/s” for the data center and enterprise networking markets,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo Semiconductor.   "Credo's advanced SerDes technologies prove the feasibility of extending NRZ signaling, even at data rates up to 56Gb/s per lane, which is currently under consideration by OIF CEI-56G study group and IEEE 400G study group for next generation board level chip-to-chip interconnections.  Credo has quickly established a leadership position in SerDes data rates, and we will add to our position by delivering solutions with compelling power and loss handling in advanced geometries (28nm & 16nmFF+) in 2014.”

Credo Semiconductor will offer a private demonstration to potential business partners. Companies interested in learning more about Credo Semiconductor’s current silicon, as well as future developments should contact SerDes@credosemi.com.

About Credo Semiconductor

Credo Semiconductor is a provider of high performance mixed-signal integrated circuits targeting the Data Center and Enterprise Networking markets.  Our SerDes technologies enable optimized solutions for leading edge speed, power, and signal processing requirements. For more information: www.credosemi.com