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07 Jan 2016

A small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is a type of transceiver device that has been standardized by the MSA (multi-source agreement). The MSA will define the characteristics of the system and is typically an agreement between multiple manufacturers. The agreements guarantee that any SFP or SFP+ device from any vendor will function properly. This article will give you a more comprehensive introduction to the SFP and SFP+MSA.

An Overview of Pluggable Optical Transceiver MSA Standards

Both SFP and SFP+ optical transceivers are standardized by MSA. These documents strictly define sufficient characteristics of an optical transceiver so that system (like Ethernet switch, Router, and media converter) vendors may implement ports on their...



22 Dec 2015

The Cisco10GBASE SFP+ modules is one of the most popular kinds of transceivers which offers customers a wide variety of 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options for data center, enterprise wiring closet, and service provider transport applications.

Main features of Cisco 10GBASE SFP+ modules include: it has the smallest 10G form factor ,hot-swappable input/output device that plugs into an Ethernet SFP+ port of a Cisco switch and optical inter operability with 10GBASE XENPAK, 10GBASE X2, and 10GBASE XFP interfaces on the same link. What;s more, it supports not only 10GBASE Ethernet and OTU2/OTU2e, “pay-as-you-populate” model, digital optical monitoring capability, but also the Cisco quality identification (ID) feature that enables a...



30 Nov 2015

Choosing the best type of SFP+ transceivers and cables is not always easy. You can approach the selection process by reviewing the device as a single entity or you can explore the fiber cable separately. In order to select SFP+ modules and cables effectively, it is important to know the standards set forth by the IEEE 802.3 committee. According to the IEEE 802.3 standard, the 10 Gigabit Ethernet has been ratified and is compatible with MMF and SMF transceivers. which means that the signals can maintain their signal integrity when transmitting long distances. This article will give some tips that help you make a good selection for your SFP+ modules and cables.

Ensure They are Interchangeable or Hot-Swappable

Never underestimate the...



18 Nov 2015

Plug-and-play is a technology that allows the operating system to detect and configure internal and external peripherals as well as most adapters. It has the ability to find and configure hardware components without having to reset DIP (dual in-line package) switches and jumpers. Plug-and-play transceivers refer to hot-swappable or hot-pluggable optical transceivers, such as SFP transceivers or XFP transceivers, which can be quickly plugged into an interface of fiber optical devices. Here are the reasons why plug-and-play transceivers play such an important role in data center communications.

Cisco SFP-10G-SR

Designed to Handle Mission Critical Applications

Plug-and-play transceivers are the basics of linking and transmitting data in mission...



17 Nov 2015

From the origin of 10G Ethernet, 10G optical transceivers have been developed along the way to meet the increasing demand for higher-performance servers, storage and interconnects. However, selecting the best type of 10G optical transceivers is not always easy. There are a variety of factors that must be considered. To be able to select a matching transceiver for a given application and hardware, all below stated parameters must be considered.

10G optical transceivers
Transceiver “form-factor” / MSA Type

The transceiver has to mechanically and electrically fit into a given switch, router etc. Transceiver MSAs define mechanical form factors including electric interface as well as power consumption and cable connector types. XENPAK is the first MSA for 10...



28 Oct 2015

From the origin of 10G Ethernet, optical transceivers have been developed along the way to meet the increasing demand for higher-performance servers, storage and interconnects. SFP+ transceiver is an enhanced version of SFP that supports data rates up to 10 Gbit/s. 10G SFP+ transceiver is a popular industry format supported by many network component vendors. In comparison to earlier XENPAK or XFP module, SFP+ transceiver is more compact and leaves more circuitry to be implemented on the host board instead of inside the module. This article will introduce the 10GbE optical standards and the most common types of 10G SFP+ transceivers.

10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-SR Transceiver

SR stands for short reach. 10GBASE-SR is a port type for multi-mode...



23 Oct 2015

In the 10 Gigabit Ethernet world, fiber optical transceiver modules have been developed to meet the increasing demand for higher-performance servers, storage and interconnects. XENPAK was the first MSA for 10GE and had the largest form factor. X2 became the later competing standard with smaller form factor, among which there are X2-10GB-SR, X2-10GB-LR, X2-10GB-ER and X2-10GB-ZR series. XFP came after X2. Then smaller SFP (small form-factor pluggable) enabling greater port density followed the XFP. The newest module standard is SFP+ transceiver (the enhanced small form-factor pluggable transceiver) which has become the most popular socket on 10GE systems.

What Is SFP+ Transceiver

The small form-factor pluggable plus (SFP+) can be...



20 Oct 2015

In order to cut down the costs on the expensive SFP transceiver modules, many companies are seeking for Cisco SFP alternatives to use. When choosing SFP transceivers, many people often run into several frequently asked questions involving the Cisco Catalyst line of switches, and whether we can use a Cisco compatible SFP (a 3rd party SFP) with them. Here are some common questions we might have when using a 3rd party SFP transceiver. And from the answers, we might have a deeper understanding of using these 3rd party SFP transceivers.

Cisco SFP-10G-SR

What Does "Third-Party" Mean?

In commerce, a "third-party" means a supplier (or service provider) who is not directly controlled by either the seller (first party) or the customer/buyer (second party) in a...