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Fibre optic sol'ns deliver high bandwidth

Posted: 11 Mar 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fibre optics  embedded  modules  interconnect 

Avago Technologies rolled out multiple solutions in its portfolio of 10Gb to 120Gb fibre optics to cover both advanced embedded parallel modules and industry-standard pluggable modules enabling designers to differentiate their products and address interconnect bandwidth challenges.

The company announced the sampling availability of its small-footprint MiniPOD embedded parallel optical transmitters and receivers. These transmitters enable bandwidth of up to 120Gbit/s.

It also announced the world's first QSFP+ 40G-iSR4 pluggable parallel optic transceiver module for 40GbE applications and high-density 10Gb applications, and demonstrated of the technology using new top-of-rack datacentre switches.

The company also demonstrated a multi-Gigabit consumer optical interconnect and a 25Gbit/s vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) integrated into an SFP+ platform interoperating with the latest Avago 40nm SerDes core.

Embedded parallel optics
Avago's embedded parallel optics allow fibre optic interfaces to be located close to an ASIC or FPGA and deliver the world's highest bandwidth. These benefits are leveraged in applications such as next-generation supercomputers powering scientific research breakthroughs, as well as for high-performance routers, switches and other datacentre equipment enabling cloud computing, server virtualisation and video-on-demand. The Avago MicroPOD embedded parallel optics are small 120Gbit/s optical transmitters and receivers. They offer 12 transmit or receive channels at up to 10.3125Gbit/s while consuming only 125mW per channel. MicroPOD modules deliver high performance in both air-cooled and water-cooled environments, and are in production today powering the world's fastest supercomputers.

MicroPOD devices have an 8.2 x 7.8mm footprint with an LGA electrical interface for ultra-dense embedded solutions, while the new MiniPOD arrays have a 22 x 18.5mm footprint with a 9 x 9mm MegArray connector for simplified embedded solutions and ease of manufacturing. Avago is announcing sampling availability of the MiniPOD interconnects, which feature a low-cost, removable fibre cable connection and a pluggable electrical connection that provide flexible cable management at installation, simplifying design and lowering cost for switching and supercomputing applications.

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