Omron targets HD market with CWDM OSA offerings

MARCH 29, 2007 -- Omron says the SX51 TOSA/ROSA pair is intended to address the long-distance data transfer challenges inherent in the bandwidth-intensive, high-speed data applications associated with HDMI rev1.3 compliant HD video and audio formats.

MARCH 29, 2007 -- Aiming at the high-definition (HD) video market, component vendor Omron Electronic Components (search for Omron) has introduced P1TX4C-SX51 transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) and the P1RX4C-SX51 receiver optical subassembly (ROSA).

Omron says the SX51 TOSA/ROSA pair is intended to address the long-distance data transfer challenges inherent in the bandwidth-intensive, high-speed data applications associated with HDMI rev1.3 compliant HD video and audio formats.

The high throughput of the SX51 family is designed to fully support HDMI rev1.3 requirements. HDMI rev1.3 specifications allow for advanced Deep Color support—which utilizes up to 16 bits per pixel, effectively providing a dynamic spectrum of colors ranging in the billions of shades—as well as for true lossless audio playback through Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio formats.

With a package measuring only 10.8×15.7×7.9 mm, the Afterburner SX51 family of products offers CWDM-based optical subassemblies utilizing four channels, which provide a transmission/receiving bit rate of up to 3.5 Gbits/sec per channel, with an additional two channels for low-speed bidirectional applications.

The addition of bidirectional channels creates the flexibility to integrate the SX51 in applications such as broadcast, in-flight entertainment, or any video/data application where bidirectional communication along a common optical fiber is desirable.

Martin Smith, Omron product manager for the SX51, says, "The SX51 is bringing advanced fiber-optic capabilities to many customers who operate solely in the copper realm. By making high-speed fiber solutions easier to implement, Omron is leading the way towards mass adoption of fiber optics across the entire spectrum of video distribution customers."


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