18 November 2010

Avago debuts first fully compliant CXP transceiver

At this week’s Super Computing 2010 conference (SC10) in New Orleans (16–19 November), Avago Technologies is demonstrating what is claimed to be the industry’s first CXP parallel optic transceiver solution that is fully compliant to industry standards.

The new 12-channel CXP transceivers support lane rates of up to 10Gbps for an aggregate bandwidth of up to 120Gbps. The hot-pluggable modules feature an industry-compliant MTP multi-fiber push on (MPO) receptacle for removable fiber cable connectors. Avago says that this allows flexible cable management at installation, simplifying design and lowering cost for high-performance computing, switch fabric and other short-range data and communication interconnect applications.

The transceivers are compliant to both IBTA MSA specifications for CXP QDRx12 and IEEE 100GBASE-SR10 specifications. The modules combine the firm’s 850nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology, PIN array technology, and integrated laser driver and receiver IC technology to provide robust electrical and optical performance at high data rates. Programmable equalization and de-emphasis for each of the modules’ lanes optimize the signal integrity performance for an edge-mount solution and long PCB trace lengths. With what is claimed to be superior jitter performance, the modules provide 10Gbps performance per lane for up to 100m using OM3 fiber or 150m using OM4 fiber.

“Our CXP transceiver works with separate cabling to offer a pay-as-you-go fiber-optic solution with lower total cost of ownership and easier installation,” says Tina Ohlhaver, marketing manager for fiber optic products. “Avago has over a decade of experience in developing 12-channel parallel optic solutions, and we are leveraging this expertise and investment in building-block technologies to support our customers with both standards-based and custom proprietary solutions,” she adds.

At SC10, Avago is demonstrating its CXP form-factor technology in an Infiniband switch connected to its QSFP+ transceiver technology for 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications, in addition to demonstrating other high-speed optical fiber solutions.

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