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27 May 2016

10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) is a group of computer networking technologies for transmitting Ethernet frames at a rate of 10 gigabits per second. It was first defined by the IEEE 802.3ae-2002 standard. Unlike previous Ethernet standards, 10 Gigabit Ethernet defines only full duplex point-to-point links which are generally connected by network switches. 10G connection in telecommunication network is gradually moving from the backbone to layer 2 and layer 3. Both technology and market of 10G optics modules are mature: the 10G optics modules have advanced from XENPAK which is the first generation of 10G transceiver to SFP+ which is now the most popular 10G optics. Besides, the price of 10G modules is becoming lower. Some genius guys even...



19 Apr 2016

In the past few decades, the Ethernet industry has been working on providing solutions to increase the speed of Ethernet from 1 to 10 gigabits per second. For enterprise LAN applications, 10 Gigabit Ethernet enables network managers to scale their Ethernet networks from 10 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps, while leveraging their investments in Ethernet as they increase their network performance. There are various types of cables and transceivers available for making Ethernet connections at speeds of 10 Gigabit per second. This article will introduce both the copper and fiber connectivity options for 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Transceiver Options

Standards bodies initially offered several options for the 10-Gigabit transceiver. The one that ultimately...



08 Apr 2016
Introduction to SFP+ Transceiver

In the 10 Gigabit Ethernet world, fiber optical transceivers have been developed along the way to meet the increasing usage and demand for higher-performance servers, storage and interconnects. 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+ supports 8Gbit/s Fiber Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Optical Transport Network standard OTU2. It is a popular industry format supported by many network component vendors. In order to ensure the high performance of the SFP+ transceivers, one critical point is to deal with the testing issues of them. This article will first illustrate the SFP+ testing challenges in...



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...