2.5 Gbits/s Optical Transponder
This is an old design, started before the OIF finalized an SFI interface. The unit is basically a small daughter card, designed to plug onto a line card. As seen in the block diagram below, it consists of Sumitomo optics and Vitesse MUX and DEMUX chips. The high-speed signals are routed on the top layer, which is made from Rogers RO4350 laminate. The remaining layers are plain FR4.
This board performs all the necessary functions for multiplexing / de-multiplexing four byte wide STS-12/STM-4 data streams into / from one OC-48 signal. The receive section accepts an OC-48 signal and generates a 2.488 Gbit/s serial data stream along with a recovered clock. The serial data is then de-multiplexed into 4 byte wide STS-12/STM-4 data streams at 77.76 MHz.
The transmit section performs the reverse operations by taking a 4 byte wide STS-12/STM-4 data stream and multiplexing it into one OC-48 signal.
Fiber optic I/O