COMPANY PRESS RELEASE: Alvesta, a privately-held provider of optical communications products to high-end telecom, datacom, and storage systems companies, and Cypress Semiconductor has announced the QuadLink(TM) MSA, a Multi-Source Agreement based on four-channel parallel optic transceivers.
QuadLink is the first parallel optics MSA optimized for 10-gigabit operation across multiple industry standards, including Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for SONET/SDH, InfiniBandTM, and the emerging 10 Gigabit Fibre Channel specification.
Four-channel parallel transceivers are the most cost-effective optical solution for 10-gigabit applications, said Dan Morris, Vice President of Cypress’s WAN and Storage Network divisions. Optics is the wave of the future; therefore, we have developed parallel optical interconnect products, leveraging the capabilities of Cypress and our subsidiary Silicon Light Machines. Signing this MSA demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with very-short range optical solutions.
The QuadLink MSA is based on an innovative four-channel, full-duplex optical transceiver architecture. Both companies intend to manufacture MSA-compliant optical transceivers. Additionally, the MSA is openly structured to enable additional optics vendors to manufacture compatible products. Fully compatible optics from multiple vendors provide optical system manufacturers with improved continuity of supply and associated risk reduction.
Alvesta created the four-channel parallel optics segment with the mid-2000 introduction of our Model 3100 transceiver, stated Dubravko Babic, Alvesta chief technology officer. The QuadLink MSA provides a major benefit to customers by extending sourcing of completely compatible parallel optics to two high-volume manufacturers.