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Siemon introduces new low power QSFP+ 40Gb/s active optical cabling for high performance data centre applications

by david.nunes

October 2010 – Siemon, the network infrastructure specialist, today introduced its new line of four lane QSFP+ 40Gb/s active optical cabling assemblies, designed to support interconnect applications such as high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking and network storage systems.  These high-speed interconnects are a part of Siemon’s Moray™ Active Optical Cabling (AOC) product family and expand Siemon’s extensive portfolio of copper and fibre data centre cabling solutions.

The Moray QSFP+ active optical cable assemblies incorporate the lowest power transceiver in the market that typically requires 780mW by utilising Silicon CMOS Photonics technology, which features an integrated opto-electronic chip with a directly attached fibre and a micro-packaged laser.   This “Fibre-to-the-Chip” technology enables Siemon’s Moray active optical cabling to break the cost barriers while decreasing the number of components in the AOC and improving its reliability when compared with existing vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and multi-mode fibre solutions.  Unlike traditional optics that utilise VCSELs and multi-mode fibre for short connections, Moray’s single chip transceivers support any distance from one metre to 4,000 metres for inter- and intra-building applications.

The Moray line offers high performance and extended reach optical interconnects at lower-cost than legacy multimode fibre, providing an additional option for high-speed data centre connectivity.  These single-mode active optical cable assemblies will overcome the technical challenges of legacy technologies to support Ethernet, FibreChannel SAN Storage, InfiniBand systems and several other IO interface links between various blades, boxes, racks, containers and buildings.  

Commenting on the launch of these specialised products, marketing manager Graeme Stoker said; “The market continues to demand higher bandwidth products and the future Moray product family is poised to support next-generation optical interconnect products for 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s applications.  The innovative combination of silicon photonics transceiver technology and single mode fibre offers low power, high-speed interconnects that deliver high performance connectivity, increased reliability and extended transmission distances.”

The Moray product is available in custom length options ranging from 1-4000m.  EPROM programming options are also available.

To learn more about Siemon’s Moray QSFP+ active optical assemblies visit: http://www.siemon.com/sis/

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