The MAX3946 is a +3.3V, multirate, low-power laser diode driver designed for Ethernet and Fibre Channel transmission systems at data rates up to 11.3Gbps. This device is optimized to drive a differential transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) with a 25Ω flex circuit. The unique design of the output stage enables use of unmatched TOSAs, greatly reducing headroom limitations and lowering power consumption.
The device receives differential CML-compatible signals with on-chip line termination. It can deliver laser modulation current of up to 80mA, at an edge speed of 22ps (20% to 80%), into a 5Ω to 25Ω external differential load. The device is designed to have a symmetrical output stage with on-chip back terminations integrated into its outputs. A high-bandwidth, fully differential signal path is implemented to minimize deterministic jitter. An equalization block can be activated to compensate for the SFP+ connector. The integrated bias circuit provides programmable laser bias current up to 80mA. Both the laser bias generator and the laser modulator can be disabled from a single pin.
A 3-wire digital interface reduces the pin count and permits adjustment of input equalization, pulse-width adjustment, Tx polarity, Tx deemphasis, modulation current, and bias current without the need for external components. The MAX3946 is available in a 4mm x 4mm, 24-pin TQFN package.