Avago debuts all-metal components for industrial networks

NOVEMBER 12, 2008 -- The HFBR-15x5/25xx industrial-grade optical fiber modules leverage full metal housing and connectors to increase the ruggedness of deployed communications equipment in the field.

Nov 12th, 2008

NOVEMBER 12, 2008 -- Avago Technologies (search for Avago) has announced a new line of FieldBus optical fiber transmitter and receiver modules. The HFBR-15x5/25xx industrial-grade optical fiber modules leverage full metal housing and connectors to increase the ruggedness of deployed communications equipment in the field. Designed to support SERCOS, Interbus, and PROFibus standards, these new components also offer high levels of ESD (electrostatic discharge) protection to guard against the growing levels of electrical noise and interference found in today's harsh industrial networking environment.

Thanks to a metal connector and metal packaging, the HFBR-15x5/25xx is designed to provide excellent RFI/EMI shielding. Based on 650-nm wavelengths, the new components will be available with SMA and ST connector ports and are compatible with 1-mm POF/200-μm hard-clad silica fiber. Additionally, the HFBR-15x5/25xx features data rates from DC to 10 MBd and DC to 16 MBd, and offers a -40 to 85 degree C operating temperature range.

The new all-metal fiber optic industrial transmitters/receivers will be available in four variations. The HFBR-1505/AFZ/2505AFZ is designed for 10-MBd SERCOS; the HFBR-1505CFA/2505CFZ supports 2-MBd Interbus-S; the HFBR-1515BFZ/2515BFZ supports 10-MBd PROFIbus-S; and the HFBR-1506AFZ/2506AFZ supports 16-MBd SERCOS.

All of the products will be available in December 2008. Pricing for the HFBR-15x5/25xx begins at $11.00 each in 1,000 pieces, depending on connector type.

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