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Requirements for Next Generation Rate-Agile SERDES

Abstract
Existing and emerging requirements for next generation rate-agile Serializer/De-serializer (SERDES) designs are forcing system designers to re-examine their SERDES vendors' designs. This document outlines and discusses these requirements that system designers should consider when choosing a SERDES vendor.

About PMC
PMC-Sierra is a leading provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors for metro, access, fiber to the home, wireless infrastructure, storage, laser printers, and fiber access gateway equipment. PMC-Sierra offers worldwide technical and sales support, including a network of offices throughout North America, Europe, Israel and Asia. The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol. For more information, visit www.pmc-sierra.com.

About the Authors
Graeme Boyd is a Principal Engineer of Mixed-Signal Development at PMC-Sierra. He has over 25 years of industry experience designing and architecting SERDES developments for various applications ranging from 1.5Mb/s to 11.32Gb/s.

Rod Zavari is a Manager of Mixed-Signal Development at PMC-Sierra. He has over 11 years of industry experience designing and leading numerous SERDES developments for various applications ranging from 155.52Mb/s to 11.32Gb/s.

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