MediaTek is expanding its ASIC services with the 112G Long Range (LR) SerDes IP chip.
A Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes pronounced sir-deez or sir-dez) is a pair of functional blocks commonly used in high speed communications to compensate for limited input/output. These blocks convert data between serial data and parallel interfaces in each direction. The term "SerDes" generically refers to interfaces used in various technologies and applications. The primary use of a SerDes is to provide data transmission over a single line or a differential pair in order to minimize the number of I/O pins and interconnects.
Available with silicon-proven 7nm FinFET process technology, MediaTek’s 112G LR SerDes enables data centers to process high volumes of specific types of data, accelerating the speed of computing.
With this chip, enterprise networking and hyper scale data centers will be able to efficiently create connectivity applications that are customized to meet their specific requirements.
MediaTek's 112G LR SerDes is a high-performance DSP-based solution with PAM4 and NRZ signaling, and is designed for harsh environments and noisy SoC applications. Applicable to LR, MR and VSR applications, the chip features power optimizations for each scenario and because it utilizes the latest 7nm production process, the IP is competitive in both power efficiency and chip-size. Additionally, the 112G LR SerDes supports a variety of IEEE standard speeds including 1/10/25/50/100G and FC16/FC32/FC64. MediaTek’s 112G LR SerDes provides diagnostics and debugging features, including a built-in data-eye monitor that doesn’t interfere with the main data path, plus support for internal BIST and loopback.
MediaTek offers a comprehensive SerDes portfolio available for ASIC designs ranging from 10G, 28G, 56G and 112G. Its ASIC services and IP portfolio covers a wide range of applications such as enterprise and hyper scale data venters, ultra-high-performance networking switches, routers or compute applications, gNB (5G) infrastructure, AI/DL applications and novel computing applications that require exceptionally high bandwidth via long-reach interconnects.
The first products adopting MediaTek's 112G LR SerDes IP are already in development and will be available during the second half of 2020.