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Avago touts 10Gbit/s Ethernet SFP+ transceiver

Posted: 22 Jan 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:optical transceiver  Ethernet SFP+ transceiver  digital monitoring interface 

Avago Technologies says it has developed the industry's first 10Gbit/s Ethernet SFP+ SR (short reach) optical transceiver. Avago's 850nm VCSEL-based 10Gbit/s AFBR-700SDZ SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) transceiver with digital monitoring interface (DMI) is the first to bring new levels of speed and high-port density to next-generation networking equipment.

"The SFP+ form factor presents a tremendous opportunity for vendors to add port density and value to their networking products. Avago is first out of the gate with its 10Gbit/s SFP+ transceiver and our product is already qualified with multiple customers. With our strong technical leadership and our internally developed VCSEL source, we have the expertise and scaleable resources to reliably produce a stable supply of high-quality cost-effective products," said David D'Andrea, director of marketing for fibre optic products division at Avago Technologies.

At the core of Avago's 10Gb SFP+ transceiver is its own 850nm VCSELs. These VCSELs leverage technology from Avago's highly reliable 4G VCSEL design which has undergone over 200 crore device hour testing with no failures. The AFBR-700SDZ also uses multimode fiber which enables the SFP+ transceiver to extend coverage up to 300m.

The optical transceiver supports the SFF-8431 specification for enhanced 10Gb SFP+ as well as the SFF-8472 specification for DMI in optical transceivers. The RoHS 6 compliant, Pb-free AFBR-700SDZ device delivers real-time temperature, supply voltage, laser bias current, laser average output power and received input power information through a two-wire interface. The digital diagnostic interface also adds the ability to disable the transmitter, monitor for transmitter faults and monitor for receiver loss of signal.

According to an IDC report, installation of 10GbE ports will more than double from 14 lakh in 2007 to over 30 lakh by 2010. The application areas fueling this growth include networking switches and data communication equipment.

Available to Avago's AFBR-700SDZ is. Pricing begins at Rs.7,895.68 ($200) in volumes.

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