InfiniGreen cables consume less power with 6x more bandwidth

MARCH 16, 2009 -- Hitachi Cable will demo its news InfiniGreen optical active cables at OFC/NFOEC.

MARCH 16, 2009 -- Hitachi Cable Ltd. (search Lightwave for Hitachi Cable), a supplier of high-end cabling and electro-optical components for the IT, datacom, and telecom industries, has announced the upcoming launch of its InfiniGreen line of optical active cables. The company says InfiniGreen will provide 12x QDR (10 Gbps) full-duplex InfiniBand connectivity, which is 6x more bandwidth than current market solutions. The cables are projected to typically consume only 0.9 W per termination, about 1/3 that of InfiniBand active cables. This is accomplished by embedding parallel optical transmission lines within the cable, which is terminated with the CXP connector currently being standardized by the InfiniBand Trade Association.

"InfiniGreen provides the performance attributes that HPC (high-performance computing) and data center owners are requesting for the years ahead," says Lou Marra, senior vice president of Hitachi Cable America. "It provides the next level of InfiniBand-standards-based connectivity, yet with a power consumption-to-bandwidth ratio reduction of almost six-fold. It connects to the server just like a copper cable patch cord, but it is easier to handle, as the embedded fiber optics are less bulky and stiff."

The company has begun shipping samples to select customers. Hitachi Cable will also perform live demonstrations of InfiniGreen at OFC/NFOEC 2009 in San Diego, March 24-26.

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