CommScope’s OM4 fiber enables 100 Gigabit Ethernet to reach 340 meters

FEBRUARY 1, 2011-- CommScope Inc., a provider of infrastructure tools for communications networks, has enabled a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data transmission over off-the-shelf, 340-meter, multimode fiber-optic cabling with 7 MPO connections. The demonstration took place at Cisco Live! in London using SYSTIMAX LazrSpeed multimode fiber cabling, in collaboration with Ixia and Reflex Photonics Inc.

FEBRUARY 1, 2011-- CommScope Inc., a provider of infrastructure tools for communications networks, has enabled a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) data transmission over off-the-shelf, 340-meter, multimode fiber-optic cabling with 7 MPO connections. The demonstration took place at Cisco Live! in London using SYSTIMAX LazrSpeed multimode fiber cabling, in collaboration with Ixia and Reflex Photonics Inc.

The 100-GbE standard was ratified in June 2010 by the IEEE 802.3ba committee for transmissions up to 150 meters of OM4 fiber cable. CommScope’s 340-meter link proves that the range could be effectively doubled through the combined use of high-performance connectivity solutions and advanced optoelectronics, reveals a representative. This demonstration was the first to take place publicly, rather than in closed-door laboratory environments.

“Achieving an error-free transmission over a 340-meter link with 7 MPO connections in current data-center environments is a great accomplishment,” says George Brooks, vice president of the Data Center Business Unit at CommScope. “We have always engineered our solutions to exceed industry standards, but this demonstration proves the value high-performance cabling infrastructure can bring. With enterprises becoming ever more dependent on high-speed and reliable access for virtualization and cloud services, customers can look to CommScope’s OM4 solutions to provide the operating margin needed to push the reach of 100 GbE beyond the limits of the standard.”

Dave Schneider, senior manager of Market Development at Ixia, adds: “Ixia’s K2 100 Gigabit Ethernet test interfaces were used to validate 100-GbE operation over CommScope’s OM4 fiber cabling. Standard bit error rate (BERT) tests validated error-free operation. This real-world demonstration further validates our opinion that 100 GbE technology is ready for deployment in the data center.”

“Reflex 100G CFP fiber-optic transceivers and CommScope OM4 fiber cable connectivity form the physical layer of 100 Gb/s Ethernet,” says Robert Coenen, vice present, sales and marketing at Reflex Photonics. “The success of this demonstration really shows that the physical network infrastructure of higher-speed Ethernet is ready, and the 100-GbE ecosystem can be built on top of it. It’s fantastic to be working on the cutting-edge, opening up new possibilities in the data center.”

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