Picolight Slashes Costs of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports with Industry's Most Complete Family of 850nm Optical Transceivers.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 2003
Family of XENPAK, XFP XFP 10 Gigabit Small Form Factor Pluggable Module
XFP Ten Gigabit Small Form Factor Pluggable and XPAK XPAK Expansion Pack Transceivers Inexpensively Link
Ethernet Ports Over Installed Multi-Mode-Fiber Up to 300 Meters
Picolight Inc., the first company to offer 850nm 10 Gbps transceivers, today announced it has expanded its Accelar(TM) family by offering a complete family of 10 Gbps pluggable modules.
The family includes XFP and XPAK modules, as well as the industry's first 850nm XENPAK modules, which are significantly less expensive than alternative 1310nm XENPAK solutions, and further reduce total costs of ownership by operating over existing multi-mode-fiber. Applications such as existing and next-generation Ethernet switches and routers, storage area network (SAN) switches and SONET equipment can now take advantage of low-cost interconnect technology.
Picolight's new XENPAK modules join the Accelar 850nm vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) Pronounced "vixel." A type of laser diode that emits light from its surface rather than its edge. A VCSEL's circular beam is easy to couple with a fiber, and due to its surface-emission architecture, can be tested ) transceiver family that now spans all major 10 Gbps form factors including XENPAK, XPAK and XFP MSAs.
"While the market has decided that 850nm VCSEL transceivers are the ideal solution for short-reach 10 Gbps applications, debate continues over the appropriate MSA (Metropolitan Service Area) An urban area with at least 50,000 people plus surrounding counties. There are 306 MSAs and 428 RSAs (rural service areas) in the U.S. MSAs and RSAs are used to allocate cellular licenses. footprint and so we have simplified things for our customers by supporting all three 10GE standards," said Warner Andrews, vice president of marketing for Picolight.
"Our new products are generally less than half the cost of 1310nm alternatives in similar footprints, and bring the power efficiency and installation convenience of pluggable 850nm VCSEL transceivers to existing MMF See multimode fiber. sockets and the legacy fiber plant."
Picolight's 10 Gbps family meets a diverse range of system requirements To be used efficiently, all computer software needs certain hardware components or other software resources to be present on a computer system. These pre-requisites are known as (computer) system requirements and are often used as a guideline as opposed to an absolute rule. from Ethernet to Fibre Channel and SONET. The 850nm XENPAK modules offer 10GBASE-SR-compliant interconnect for existing high-capacity systems.
In contrast to the XENPAK module, XPAK offers additional reduction in size and power consumption, making XPAK an ideal solution for more constrained applications such as PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). network interface cards. XFP offers the greatest reduction, but requires a high-speed serial interface The High-Speed Serial Interface (HSSI) is a differential ECL serial interface standard developed by Cisco Systems and T3plus Networking primarily for use in WAN router connections. It is capable of speeds up to 52 Mbit/s with cables up to 50 feet in length. , making it the best answer for high-density systems including short reach enterprise, SAN and SONET switching center architectures.
Picolight has been actively involved in industry efforts to define 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) MSA solutions including XENPAK and XFP, and is a founding member of the XPAK MSA. In addition to offering Accelar solutions in all major 10 GE MSA configurations, Picolight also offers 850nm 1 Gbps small form factor (SFF (Small Form Factor) Refers to a device that is smaller than others in its field. For example, a miniature display on a cellphone is an SFF device because displays can be extremely large on monitors and TVs by comparison. See form factor. ) and 850nm 1 Gbps and 2 Gbps small form factor pluggable (SFP SFP Small Form-factor Pluggable (optical transceiver module)
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Sfp Svenska Folkpartiet (Finnish: Swedish People~s Party) ) transceivers for Ethernet-based switches, hubs and SAN components.
Pricing and Availability
All of the products will be available in volume by the end of 2003, with XENPAK samples available now. Pricing will vary based on form factor and timing of customer volume, but will generally be half that of competing 1310nm alternatives.
About Picolight Inc.
Picolight is a rapidly growing, private, venture-backed company that designs and manufactures high-speed optoelectronic components and subsystems for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of networking equipment.
The company provides transceiver subsystems for short-reach (1-meter to 20-kilometer) optical-networking connections, including optical switch interconnect, optical enterprise and storage area networks (SANs), and optical metro/access networks. From rack-to-rack and to the network edge, Picolight's fiber link technology delivers cost-effective bandwidth for capacity-constrained networking equipment.
Picolight is located in Boulder and employs a staff of more than 100. For more information, see www.picolight.com or e-mail email@example.com.