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28 Dec 2015

10 Gigabit Ethernet or 10GbE is a group of computer networking technologies for transmitting Ethernet frames at a rate of 10 gigabits per second. Nowadays, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is gaining broader deployments by the increasing bandwidth requirements and the growth of enterprise applications. In the world of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, selecting the appropriate 10-gigabit physical media is a challenge, because 10GbE is offered in two broad categories: optical and copper. This article will introduce both optical and copper cabling options for 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Fiber Optical Cabling

Single-mode fiber (SMF), typically with an optical core of approximately 9 μm (microns), has lower modal dispersion than multimode fiber. It is able to support...

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...