X2 MSA Group ratifies specification for 10-Gigabit pluggable optical transceivers

1 April 2003 Böblingen, Germany Lightwave -- The X2 multi-source agreement (MSA) group announced that it has completed work on revision 1.0 of its technical specifications for smaller form factor 10-Gbit/sec pluggable fiber-optic transceivers.

1 April 2003 Böblingen, Germany -- The X2 multi-source agreement (MSA) group announced that it has completed work on revision 1.0 of its technical specifications for smaller form factor 10-Gbit/sec pluggable fiber-optic transceivers.

Revision 1.0 builds on the initial MSA platform, announced in July 2002, which defines a versatile smaller form factor pluggable package based on XENPAK technology that saves costs and board space. With this revision, the MSA group has finalized all key characteristics for X2 devices. This gives network equipment manufacturers the confidence they need to design systems around a stable set of specifications for future Ethernet XAUI, fibre-channel XAUI and SFI4 Phase 2 applications.

The X2 MSA group membership includes Agilent Technologies, Ignis Optics, JDS Uniphase, Mitsubishi Electric, Molex, Multiplex, NEC, NTT, Opnext, Optillion, Pine Photonics, TriQuint Optoelectronics and Tyco Electronics.

The X2 MSA group is making the details of the specification available to the industry so that other optical transceiver manufacturers can produce compatible products. X2 transceivers are expected to begin shipping imminently. The MSA technical specifications are available on the group's Web site at www.x2msa.org.

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