The VSC3312-01 is a 12-port 8.5G asynchronous switch with advanced signal equalization designed for high-speed serial backplanes and cable interconnect applications. VSC3312-01 switches allow multicast, loopback, and reconfigurable Input/Output (I/O) capability for great flexibility in allocating and routing signals in a broad range of applications. The VSC3312‑01 includes dual time-constant equalization, which significantly reduces jitter associated with driving multigigabit signals across backplanes and cables. A fully asynchronous architecture allows any data rate or protocol on any channel without the need for an external reference clock. This gives the VSC3312-01 wire-like interoperability in virtually any application that uses binary signaling. The VSC3312-01 can also be used as a buffer that simplifies and enhances the design of high-speed signal paths by providing signal equalization at both inputs and outputs to reduce or reverse signal degradation due to transmission line effects.