The ApolloCORE(MR/VSR) Multi-Standard-Serdes (MSS) IP is optimized for Medium Reach (MR) and Very Short Reach (VSR) applications.

It is a highly configurable IP that supports all leading edge NRZ and PAM data center standards from 1Gbps to 112Gbps. What differentiates ApolloCORE in the Alphawave Semi portfolio is the power and area savings for applications that need support for MR and shorter channels.

ApolloCORE DSP PHY Block Diagram

High speed performance

ApolloCORE employs a low noise, high speed analog front end that delivers performance and configurability to support both PAM4 and NRZ signalling

Low power architecture

ApolloCORE delivers 40% power savings compared to leading long reach SerDes while still providing robust equalization for MR and VSR channels.

Sub-sampling clock multiplier

ApolloCORE CDR employs a wide tuning, sub-sampling clock multiplier that can track hundreds of ppm frequency error and provide continuous tracking


Receive Equalization

Designed for MR, VSR, and XSR based systems up to 24dB of insertion loss at Nyquist for PAM4. ApolloCORE includes a blind adaptive receive equalizer.

Power Optimization

Built for high performance, ApolloCORE is capable of delivering equalization for up to 24dB MR channels, while consuming less than 3.4mW/Gbps


Supports 1, 4, 8, 16 lane configurations, different IP options available for north/south versus east/west orientations. ApolloCORE also supports multiple rows of stacking for high density applications, and can also support multiple different metal options for SOC flexibility

Devices Used

Standard CMOS digital devices

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