Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Avago mini-SFP+ optical transceivers increase port density for storage and Ethernet equipment

OFC/NFOEC 2011; SAN JOSE, USA & SINGAPORE: Avago Technologies, a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications, today announced two new fiber-optic transceivers that enable increased port density in Ethernet and storage equipment.

The new mini-SFP+ (mSFP) AFBR-54D7APZ transceiver addresses 8-Gbps Fibre Channel for storage applications and the AFBR-703SNZ transceiver targets next-generation 10-Gbps Ethernet equipment designs. Both pluggable modules increase port density by 30 percent over industry-standard SFP+ transceivers, while delivering the same data-transmission performance.

The mSFP transceivers incorporate Avago 850-nm Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and PIN detector technology, which insures the AFBR-54D7APZ module is compliant with 8.5/4.25/2.125 GBd Fibre Channel specifications and the AFBR-703SNZ module complies with IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-SR standards. The devices use the SFP+ electrical connector and I2C interface, and are compliant with the Small Form Pluggable (SFP) Multi Source Agreement (MSA) electrical specifications for duplex transceivers.

The mSFP modules are designed for low power consumption with typical dissipation of 0.6W. Avago will demonstrate the mSFP transceivers, in addition to other high-speed optical fiber solutions, at the 2011 Optical Fiber Conference in booth number 2001 at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 8-10.

“Avago is committed to innovating and partnering with customers to expand our leadership position in 8- and 10-Gbps SFP+ transceivers,” said Victor Krutul, director of marketing for the Fiber Optics Products Division at Avago. “These new mSFP modules enable our customers to develop more efficient storage and Ethernet equipment with higher port density, and we are getting positive feedback from our lead customers.”

Avago recently exhibited a high-density DCX Backbone modular switch from Brocade that leverages the mSFP technology for 64 ports in a switching blade that could only house 48 SFP+ ports.

Avago has teamed with multiple cage and cable suppliers to provide complete 8-Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gbps Ethernet mSFP solutions. Avago optical transceivers offer unparalleled reliability, with not a single VCSEL failure in the millions of 8-Gbps and 10-Gbps modules the company has shipped to date.

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