Sunday, January 31, 2010

Luxtera and Siemon Integrate 40 Gbps Chips into Active Optical Cabling

Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT cabling infrastructure systems, has integrated Luxtera's 40 Gbps single-mode fiber transceivers into its new "Moray" Active Optical Cabling (AOC) product family. Siemon's first AOC offering is four lane QSFP 40G active optical cabling family that supports Ethernet Switch, FibreChannel SAN Storage, InfiniBand Server systems and several other IO interface links between various blades, boxes, racks, containers and buildings.

Luxtera's Silicon CMOS Photonics technology utilizes an integrated opto-electronic chip with a directly attached fiber and a micro-packaged laser.

The companies said this "Fiber-to-the-Chip" technology enables Siemon's Moray active optical cabling to break the cost barriers and distance restrictions associated with existing vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and multi-mode fiber solutions. Unlike traditional optics that utilize VCSELs and multi-mode fiber for short connections, Luxtera's Silicon CMOS Photonics-based single chip transceivers support any distance from one meter to 4,000 meters for inter- and intra-building connections while decreasing the number of components in the AOC and improving its reliability.

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