The SL86050 IC contains both a vertical cavity surface emitting laser driver and a transimpedance amplifier designed to process USB 3 signals. The device takes its power directly from the USB connector and also processes low frequency periodic signaling information. The SL86050 is available as a bare die.
Silicon Line also provides ICs for optical HDMI 2.0 that, together with the SL86050, enables a long, thin and light cable to connect a PC to a headset. This gives much greater freedom of movement to the person using the headset.
Recently Silicon Line raised €6.2 million (about $6.9 million) from new and existing investors. The company said it plans to use the money to ramp up volume manufacturing of optical sub-assemblies at its facility in Hasselt, Belgium.
The company's established products support HDMI 1.4 and 2.0, USB 3.1 up to 10 Gbps, DisplayPort 1.3 and MIPI D-PHY for cameras.
"The worldwide market for our products is enormous and the capital infusion will accelerate our growth in the on-going industry-shift towards higher communication speeds where optical is the obvious way to go," said Ruud van der Linden, CEO of Silicon Line, in a statement.
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