Gennum Drives Storage Applications with New 8G Fibre Channel Repeaters

    Delivers Industry's First 8.5 Gb/s Repeaters for SFP+, Backplane
    Applications and Copper Cable Interconnects

    BURLINGTON, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND). 
Continuing to drive advanced storage applications with its optical transceiver
solutions, Gennum Corporation today announced sample availability of its new
line of multi-rate fibre channel repeaters. These new offerings represent the
company's first 8.5 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) offerings and feature Gennum's
ClearEdge(TM) technology, which enables reliable 8.5Gb/s communication over a
variety of media. The new products are expected to provide customers with a
low cost, high performance solution that exceeds the requirements of the
emerging 8.5 Gb/s Fiber Channel standard.
    "Our continued commitment is to provide our customers with transceiver
solutions that will enable them to meet their price and performance metrics
for advanced storage applications," said Bharat Tailor, marketing and
applications director, Data Communications Product Division for Gennum. "These
new multi-rate fibre channel repeaters represent a low cost, high performance
method to ensure reliable communication in emerging 8.5Gb/s fibre channel
applications. We continue to push performance levels for our customers as we
maintain a leadership position in delivering highly reliable data
communications solutions."
    The new products expand the company's leading portfolio of optical
transceiver ICs, including Gennum's highly successful 10Gb/s clock and data
recovery (CDR) designs, which are used in XFP multi-source agreement (MSA)
compliant modules.

    GN1113/GN1114 Deliver Robust Interconnect for Storage Applications
    The GN1113 is an 8.5Gb/s fibre channel repeater and integrates a
high-sensitivity limiting amplifier with clock and data recovery within a
single IC. The GN1114 is an 8.5Gb/s fibre channel repeater, which integrates
an equalizer, clock and data recovery, and a flexible output, which can be
used to modulate vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSELs), drive copper
cables or drive backplanes. In a typical application, the repeater is followed
by a complex application specific IC (ASIC) which must balance a multitude of
requirements. By re-setting the jitter budget, a repeater eases the jitter
tolerance requirement of the ASIC inputs and helps improve the overall link
    Both repeaters function reference-free and require a 3.3V power supply,
making them ideal for SFP+ modules and backplane interconnect applications.
Both products support single-pin rate select functionality for applications
which require multi-rate operation.
    Each device is packaged in a 4mm x 4mm RoHS compliant QFN package.
Samples and evaluation kits are available now with full production planned for
Q3 2007. The GN1113 and GN1114 are priced below $6 each in volume.

    About Gennum Corporation
    Gennum Corporation designs, manufactures and markets industry-leading
semiconductors and semiconductor-based products for leading segments of the
global video, audio, and data communications markets. The Company's
understanding of the unique needs of its targeted markets allows it to deliver
high performance solutions that provide superior value.
    Gennum serves an international customer base from its head office in
Burlington, Canada, and subsidiaries in Japan and the United Kingdom. The
Company has design centres in Burlington and Ottawa, and in the United

    This document may contain forward-looking statements relating to Gennum's
goals, strategies, financial condition and results as well as the environment
in which Gennum operates, investments, and litigation in which Gennum is
involved, which may involve estimates, forecasts and projections.
Forward-looking statements may include words such as "plans", "intends",
"anticipates", "should", "estimates", "expects", "believes" and similar
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beyond Gennum's control. A number of important factors could cause actual
outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these
forward-looking statements. These factors include those set forth in Gennum's
public filings. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on
such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements
relate to the date on which they are made. Gennum disclaims any intention or
obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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For further information: Nelly Marlowe, Gennum Corporation, Tel: (905)
632-2999 ext. 3010, E-mail:

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