Monday, February 28, 2005

Agilent Shows 10 Gbps XENPAK Over 300m of MM Fiber

Agilent Technologies will demonstrate a 10 Gbps XENPAK fiber optic transceiver transmitting network traffic over 300 meters of multimode fiber at next week's OFC/NFOEC 2005. The demonstration will show Agilent's XENPAK fiber optic transceiver module, featuring EDC, transmitting a 10 Gbps data stream error-free over a distance of 300 meters using legacy multimode FDDI grade 62.5/125 micron fiber. The fiber optic cable will be flexed to vary optical signal polarization and stress the EDC's ability to accommodate a variety of incoming signal characteristics.

In addition, Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division and Input/Output Solutions Division will demonstrate a 4 Gb/s optical link using its 4G multimode (MM) and single-mode (SM) Fibre Channel optical transceivers and 4G Tachyon Protocol ICs. The demonstration will showcase a PC server generating 4G traffic through an HBA initiator (using Agilent's 4G IC and 4G MM and SM transceivers) to a loop switch (using Agilent's loop switch IC and 4G MM and SM transceivers) that will send 4G traffic to an HBA target.

Agilent is leading the IEEE 802.3aq task force, which is defining a standard for using electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) with 10 Gbps serial Ethernet fiber optic transceivers to economically drive short-range transmissions over legacy multimode fiber. Corporate IT departments are demanding a cost-effective solution for the existing enterprise LAN infrastructure before widespread upgrades to 10 Gb Ethernet are implemented.

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