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04 Dec 2015

There are numerous types of transceivers available that can be used in a variety of applications including radio applications and telecommunications applications. Different specifications and designs are employed to meet the changing needs of designers. This article will introduce three primary types of transceivers used in today’s telecommunication systems.

SFP Transceiver

The small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is a compact and hot-pluggable transceiver used for both telecommunication and data communications applications. The form factor and electrical interface are specified by a multi-source agreement (MSA). It interfaces a network device motherboard (for a switch, router, media converter or similar device) to a fiber optic or...

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...

03 Nov 2015

Since the module multi-source agreement (MSA) association announced the XFP specification, MSA form factors for 10 Gbit/s optical transceivers have evolved along two separate paths that are now converging on XFP as a universal long-term solution. XFP transceiver is an ultra-small, hot-pluggable, 10 Gbit/s optical transceiver designed to help drive cost and power consumption out of 10 Gbit/s optical networking applications, and enables rapid advances in port density after the previous X2 and XPAK transceiver as well.


Features of XFP Transceiver

• Supports 10GBASE Ethernet and OC-192/STM-64 data rates 

• Hot-swappable input/output device plugs into a XFP port 

• Provides flexibility of interface choice 

• Available for various...