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09 Nov 2015

Pluggable fiber optic transceivers refer to hot-swappable or hot-pluggable optical transceivers which can be quickly plugged into an interface of fiber optical devices. An optical transceiver can best be described as a device that converts high-speed data from a cable source to an optical signal for communication over optical fiber. Optical transceivers are used to update the communications networks to manage broadband, to update the data center networks to make them manage traffic with higher speeds, and to implement the backbone network for mobile communications.

Pluggable fiber optic transceivers provide connectivity options for Ethernet over twisted pair copper and fiber optic cables with transition speeds from 100 Megabits per second to 100 Gigabits per second. Twisted pair copper transceivers support transmission distances of up to 100 meters and fiber optic transceivers support multi-mode and single-mode fiber optic cable types with transmission distances up to 120 kilometers. Followings are some of the most common types of pluggable transceivers from Fiberstore.

GBIC Transceivers

For transceivers that plugs into Gigabit Ethernet and links to a fiber optic network, the Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) is the standard and SFP is for small form factor pluggable transceiver. The GBIC transceiver module operates as an input and output transceiver and is linked with the fiber optic network generally through the optic patch cords. GBIC transceivers are deemed to be ideal for any interconnections over the Gigabit Ethernet centers and for switches environment. The converters are virtually intended for high performance and continuing interactions that have need of gigabit or fiber channel interconnections.

XENPAK Transceivers

XENPAK is the first MSA for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The XENPAK MSA defines a fiber optic or wired transceiver module which conforms to the 10 Gigabit Ethernet standard of the IEEE 802.3 working group. XENPAK transceiver module is a hot-swappable, highly integrated and serial optical transceiver module for 10Gbit/s data transmission applications. It is designed to transmit and receive optical data of link length of 300m, 10km, 20km, 40km and up to 80km. 10G XENPAK solution includes dual fiber XENPAK, CWDM XENPAK and DWDM XENPAK transceivers which enable high port densities for 10 Gigabit Ethernet systems. A 70 pin electrical connector and a duplex SC connector optical interface assure that connectivity is compliant to the XENPAK MSA.

SFP Transceivers

SFP transceiver is a compact and hot-pluggable transceiver and a popular industry format jointly supported by many network component vendors. The devices are designed to use together with small form factor connectors and offer high speed and physical compactness, providing instant fiber connectivity for your networking gear. It is a cost effective way to connect a single network device to a wide variety of fiber cable distances and types. SFP transceiver modules are designed to support SONET/SDH, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel and other communications standards.

SFP+ Transceivers

The small form-factor pluggable plus (SFP+) can be referred to as an enhanced version of the SFP that supports data rates up to 16 Gbit/s. SFP+ transceiver supports 8Gbit/s Fiber Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and optical transport network standard OTU2. The SFP+ product family includes cages, connectors, and copper cable assemblies. The SFP+ transceiver modules are specified for 8Gbps/10Gbps/16Gbps Fibre Channel and 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications. Besides, converter modules for X2 and XENPAK ports are also available in Fiberstore. For example, the following Cisco CVR-X2-SFP10G compatible oneX converter module for X2 ports converts a 10 Gigabit Ethernet X2 port into a 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port. With the OneX converter module, customers have the flexibility to use the 10 Gigabit X2 interface port of a switch with X2 modules or SFP+ modules.


Fiberstore's pluggable optical transceivers include GBIC, SFP, XFP, SFP+, X2. CFP form factors are available as well. These high quality transceivers support for a large variety of cable types and transmission distances. Fiberstore also provide third-party compatible optical transceivers including 100BASE (like Cisco GLC-FE-100LX SFP), 1000BASE (like Cisco SFP-GE-S SFP), as well as 1G to 100G optical transceivers.


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