Thursday, February 21, 2008

Avago 10 Gb/s Ethernet SFP+ SR optical transceiver launched


Avago Technologies today announced availability of the 10 Gb/s Ethernet SFP+ SR (short reach) optical transceiver. The company is a leading supplier of interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.

Shipping in production volumes, Avago's 850 nm VCSEL-based 10 Gb/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 10 Gb/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 Avago Technologies' fiber optic products division.

At the core of Avago's 10 Gb SFP+ transceiver is its own 850 nm VCSELs. These VCSELs leverage technology from Avago's highly reliable 4G VCSEL design which has undergone over 2 billion device hour testing with no failures. The AFBR-700SDZ also uses multimode fiber which enables the SFP+ transceiver to extend coverage up to 300 meters.

Avago's new optical transceiver supports the SFF-8431 specification for enhanced 10 Gb SFP+ as well as the SFF-8472 specification for DMI in optical transceivers. The ROHS 6 (restrictions of hazardous substances) compliant, lead-free AFBR-700SDZ 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.

"Avago continues to provide leadership in standards development for next generation networking technologies," added D'Andrea. "We were the first to release a production-ready 10 Gb XENPAK LRM transceiver which dramatically increased bandwidth for networking applications. With today's announcement of our 10 Gb SFP+ product, we are once again providing products which give our customers the performance edge to effectively compete in a highly competitive market."

According to a recent report issued by IDC, installation of 10GbE ports will more than double from 1.4M in 2007 to over 3M by 2010. The application areas fueling this growth include networking switches and data communication equipment.


Avago's AFBR-700SDZ is available now.

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