Silicon Line GmbH announces release of new Transimpendance Amplifier

October 4, 2005 – Silicon Line GmbH, an analog and mixed signal IC design company, announces today the release of one of the world-wide smallest multi-data rate capable transimpedance amplifier in standard CMOS.
The only 830 µm x 830 µm measuring device supports data rates from well below 100 Mb/s up to 1.5 Gb/s.

The wide data rate range makes the SL81010 suitable for various transmission standards such as Gigabit Ethernet, OC-3, OC-12, Fiber Channel, or IEEE-1394 S100-800 to name just a few.

The SL81010 features a low input referred noise current of <9 pA/SQRT(Hz) at 2 pF source capacitance, which enables at least -24 dBm sensitivity at 1 Gb/s at an associated bit error rate of 10-12.

To facilitate assembly in small form factor packages and to reduce assembly cost, the device doesn’t require any external components and integrates the photodiode filter network on chip, as well.

The SL81010 operates from a single 3.3 V power supply and is available in bare die form.

“Silicon Line is proud to announce a transimpedance amplifier which allows the creation of a new class of low cost active optical devices,” said Holger Hoeltke, Managing Director at Silicon Line. “With the SL81010 we have proven our capabilities to go from a sketchy idea to a finished design in a very short time frame. In only 3 months we developed the concept, derived the specifications, and created the chip. To our knowledge, that design speed is world-class and emphasizes one more time the quality and experience of our design engineers.”