ON Semiconductor to Introduce Silicon Germanium Devices for Broadband Applications Wednesday 9 May 2001 PDF Print New Products Move Company into OC-192, 10-Gigabit Ethernet Applications and Beyond ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that it plans to introduce a family of advanced devices based on silicon germanium (SiGe) to address the high-performance needs of networking equipment manufacturers who are designing gear capable of OC-192, 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) and faster. To handle the advanced performance requirements of OC-192 and 10-GbE networking speeds, ON Semiconductor's GigaCommä family of SiGe devices will perform at 12 Gigabits per second (Gbps) - a three fold increase above currently available offerings. The company's current devices perform at 4 Gbps and are well suited for networking applications with speeds up to OC-48. ON Semiconductor's broadband devices lead the industry for reliable clocking functions critical to advanced networking applications. The company is an innovator in technologies that maximise speed, yet reduce the jitter and skew often found in competitive offerings. "There are numerous technologies that deliver speed," said Frans van Wijk, vice president and general manager of the ON Semiconductor Broadband Business Group. "ON Semiconductor is a leader in delivering speed and reliability - providing our customers with industry-leading performance that doesn't compromise signal integrity." By greatly reducing jitter and skew, ON Semiconductor's broadband devices enable the maximisation of the available bandwidth. The company will introduce the first SiGe devices late in the second quarter of 2001 with several additional devices introduced throughout the year. SiGe is a silicon-based material that is an alternative technology to standard Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS). By combining silicon (Si) with germanium (Ge), semiconductor manufacturers are able to achieve the performance characteristics of gallium arsenide at a cost that is more in line with CMOS technologies. Because SiGe is an extension of silicon, it has ultra-low noise and distortion characteristics that are ideally suited for high-performance circuits. "When we emerge from the current economic downturn, OC-3 and OC-12 will be largely forgotten and OC-48 and OC-192 will go to the forefront for the large network build outs that will follow," said Jeremey Donovan, principal analyst with Gartner Dataquest, a leading technology research firm. "This shift will accelerate the adoption of OC-768. The semiconductor vendors that will benefit most from the transition are those that have migrated to non-silicon materials such as silicon germanium." "Silicon germanium properties are superior for speed, reliability and ease of design," said Peter Zdebel, ON Semiconductor Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "It is only a matter of time before silicon germanium replaces gallium arsenide as the material of choice for a significant number of high-performance applications." About ON Semiconductor ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is a global supplier of high-performance broadband and power management integrated circuits and standard semiconductors used in numerous advanced devices ranging from high-speed fibre optic networking equipment to the precise power management functions in today's advanced portable electronics. For more information visit ON Semiconductor's Web site at http://www.onsemi.com. ON Semiconductor and the ON Semiconductor logo are trademarks of Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC. All other brand and product names appearing in this document are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders. Media Contacts: Geert de Vuyst ON Semiconductor (33)-0534-611-390 Geert.De.Vuyst@onsemi.com Or Jonathan Batty/Joanna Lane Brodeur Worldwide (On behalf of ON Semiconductor) (44) (0)1753-790-700 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to see this news release as it appears on the Brodeur News Room website and obtain full contact details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/release.asp?rid=1482&cid=... ______________________________________________________________________ Click the link below to login and update your company and subject preferences, or personal details. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/login.asp ______________________________________________________________________ Click on the link below to have your login details re-sent to you. http://www.brodeurnewsroom.com/asp/forgot.asp ______________________________________________________________________ This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.