Zarlink intros new active optical cable

JUNE 24, 2009 -- New ZLynx 4x10-Gbps QDR cable is designed for data center and computer cluster interconnect.

JUNE 24, 2009 -- Zarlink Semiconductor (search Lightwave for Zarlink) is providing its new ZLynx 4x10-Gbps active optical cable with quad small-form-factor (QSFP) terminations for InfiniBand QDR for sampling. The new cable is providing infrastructure links between Mellanox (booth #520) and the ISCnet InfiniBand network at this week's International Supercomputing (ISC'09) conference in Hamburg, Germany.

"We are solidifying our leadership position in the active optical cable market, with new products for data center interconnect," says Ram Rao, product marketing manager with Zarlink's Optical Products group. "We were the first volume producer of active optical cables, with ZLynx cables now deployed in data centers worldwide. Building on this market-proven expertise, our new ZLynx cable meets performance, power, and cable management requirements as QDR speeds begin to dominate data center deployments."

The ZLynx QDR cable cable delivers ultrahigh signal integrity required as speeds migrate to 10 Gbps, allowing operators to meet the bandwidth demands of data-intense services such as advanced mobile communications and cloud computing applications. According to the interconnect provider, the lightweight, flexible cable simplifies equipment installation and eliminates airflow concerns to reduce cooling requirements and satisfy green performance requirements for data centers.

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