Avago Technologies launches 120 Gbps multichannel optical transmitter and receiver modules

Telecom Lead America: Avago Technologies has launched 120
Gbps multichannel optical transmitter and receiver modules for inside-the-box
data-center applications and a CXP pluggable transceiver for board-edge
box-to-box and rack-to-rack communications.

“Avago is delivering the industry’s highest optical
port density resulting in the best bandwidth per dollar and the lowest power. No
matter what a customer’s high density optical interconnect specifications are,
Avago has a solution and form-factor to meet their needs,” said Sharon
Hall, Product Line Manager at Avago Technologies.

The MiniPODTM transmit and receive modules – the
AFBR-81uVxyZ and AFBR-82uVxyZ, respectively, each contain 12 unidirectional
channels (lanes) that can each transfer data at 10.3125 Gbits/s using 64b/66b
encoding for an aggregate data rate of 120 Gbits/s for each module.

The CXP pluggable edge-mount transceiver module
(AFBR-83PDZ) is an integrated solution that contains 12 transmit and 12 receive
lanes that operate at the same data transfer rates as the MiniPOD modules.

The MiniPOD modules deliver the highest front panel
density in the industry with 36 times the density of standard SFP+ solutions.
For users needing a pluggable solution, the CXP transceivers are one half the
cost per 10Gbps lane compared to standard pluggable SFP+ solutions.

Both MiniPOD and CXP solutions operate at 25 percent the
power per 10Gbps lane compared to SFP+ modules. In addition, these optical
components have superior jitter performance, high signal integrity, and low EMI

The MiniPOD optical modules and CXP transceiver can
transmit data up to 100 meters using OM3 fiber, and up to 150 meters using
OM4-grade fiber. All the optical components are compliant to the 100 Gbit
Ethernet specifications: 802.2ba as well as the QDR Infiniband standard and
employ Avago VCSEL laser arrays operating at 850 nm for the transmitters and
the company’s PIN diode array for the receivers.

The MiniPOD modules are available in two package options
to support either flat ribbon or round fiber jumper cables. For designers
interested in evaluating the CXP transceiver module, an evaluation board
(AFBR-83EVK) is available and has a single-unit price of $3500.

In addition, an evaluation board for the MiniPOD modules
(AFBR-800EVK) is also available and has a single-unit price of $2500 each. In
100-unit sample quantities, the AFBR-81uVxyZ transmitter module and
AFBR-82uVxyZ receiver modules sell for $649 per transmit/receive pair. The
AFBR-83PDZ CXP module sells for $749, also in 100-unit sample quantities.

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