Xintronix leads the way to faster links

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 25 July 2008



(2008), "Xintronix leads the way to faster links", Microelectronics International, Vol. 25 No. 3.



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Xintronix leads the way to faster links

Article Type: Industry news From: Microelectronics International, Volume 25, Issue 3

Xintronix, a new semiconductor company created to meet the demand for quick and easy transfer of large files between media devices, is leading the way to the low-cost implementation of next-generation, multi-gigabit serial links.

Leading interface specification associations such as the USB Implementors Forum are defining the next speed generation of multi-Gbps data interface buses which mandate the use of equalizing transceivers as must have technology. Very few IC design teams can claim to have proven know-how and the IP necessary to develop multi-Gbps equalizing receiver technology. Xintronix’s ICs and IP offer a practical approach to risk mitigation for standards compliant USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 product development. The company has novel, patent pending IP which makes these data rates practical using lowest cost cables, lowest cost-circuit boards, lowest cost connectors and low-cost, low-power silicon.

The team at Xintronix has decades of relevant industry experience in the design and practical implementation of high-speed interfaces. Xintronix was founded by Nick Weiner; previously co-founder of Phyworks, a company known for its leading optical interface ICs, including its equalizing receiver developed for the challenging 10 Gb/s Ethernet standard, 10GBASE-LRM. The Xintronix design team is being assembled from amongst the most capable designers with high-speed analog IC designs that can be found globally.

As a testament to the strength of their technology and specialist knowledge, Xintronix was selected for the FASTtrack programme run by the SSW electronics design network. Funded by the UKTI and the SWRDA, the aim of FASTtrack is to accelerate the growth of the selected companies by providing guidance and support in securing investment and international customers. The FASTtrack programme is delivered with support from the Business Acceleration Centres at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey through a collaboration known as SETsquared. Benefiting from their participation in FASTtrack and SETsquared, Xintronix are now in the first round of fundraising for R&D activities.

Simon Bond, Director of SSW comments: “Xintronix are certainly a company to watch out for in the future. The company’s novel technology coupled with its specialist know-how suggests fantastic opportunities for growth and the help they have received from FASTtrack has ensured that they have been able to maximise their potential at this early stage.”

For more details about Xintronix, please e-mail:, or call Nick Weiner on +44 (0)7887 932456.

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