Ample Communications and Finisar demo 10-GbE interoperability

DECEMBER 14, 2006 -- Ample's Redhawk, a full rate and oversubscribed two-port 10-GbE MAC with integrated XFI SerDes, and Finisar's pluggable XFP modules provide customers with a universal 10-GbE line card that supports short, long, and extended reach functionality for 10-GbE networking applications.

DECEMBER 14, 2006 -- Ample Communications (search for Ample Communications) and Finisar Corp. (search for Finisar) have announced interoperability between Ample's Redhawk dual-port 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) MAC and Finisar's pluggable XFP optical transceiver modules. This interoperability enables customers to reduce design time and cost for enterprise, security, and metro Ethernet switching platforms deploying 10 GbE, say representatives for the companies.

Ample's Redhawk, a full rate and oversubscribed two-port 10-GbE MAC with integrated XFI SerDes, and Finisar's pluggable XFP modules provide customers with a universal 10-GbE line card that supports short, long, and extended reach functionality for 10-GbE networking applications. In particular, say the companies, this interoperability enables higher port density for metro Ethernet networking applications and enterprise switches.

"The combination of our products provides customers with a unique solution for their 10-Gigabit Ethernet platforms," contends Mat Steinberg, vice president of business development at Ample Communications. "Establishing interoperability with Finisar is yet another way for us to help our customers bring their platforms to market faster."

"As a leading supplier of XFP transceivers into the telecom and datacom markets, we're very pleased to have demonstrated interoperability between our XFP modules and Ample's Redhawk Ethernet MAC," adds Christian Urricariet, director of marketing for high-speed optics at Finisar. "This industry-leading combination lets our mutual customers bring low power and small footprint solutions to market more quickly and effectively."

XFP is a standardized form factor for serial 10-Gbit/sec fiber-optic transceivers used for data transfer rates from 9.95 Gbits/sec to 11.1 Gbits/sec. It is protocol-independent and fully compliant to the following standards: 10G Ethernet, 10G Fibre Channel, SONET OC-192, and SDH STM-64.


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