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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...