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PHY I/F, placement of decoder/encoder

Currently the 8/10B encoder/decoder
is located in the PHY. 

But :

The current implementation of 2.5Ghz and 10Ghz
do not have those function on board
In addition the current chips are GaAs, Bipolar 
or SiGe ( in the near future )
If you place more logic on those chips you will
burn a lot of power, with 4 channels you could fry
and egg. ( those chips already burn Watts )

So we strongly suggest that any decoding/encoding/
alignment function should reside on the ASIC side.

Now the next big problem is the interface
if we run it at 2.5/8 or 2.8/10 times 4
we will have 32 lines single ended
or 64 differential. The current diff interfaces
all burn tons of power , LVDS , PECL all are power hogs.

With single ended you get bad switching noise
the ASIC can handle it but I am not sure about
a 4 port transceiver.

We may want to look at CML type interface.
But again we need to look at current implementation
( at no preferred order : AMCC, Vitesse , Maxim ... )
and check what is available out there and also
see what is available on the ASIC side.

Haim Shafir
e9 Inc.
PH 408-343-0192 cell 408-892-1838 fax 408-873-2642