Avago touts 8G Fibre Channel SFP

DECEMBER 18, 2007 -- Avago Technologies has announced availability of what it asserts is the industry's first 8-Gbit/sec SFP optical transceivers for Fibre Channel applications.

DECEMBER 18, 2007 -- Avago Technologies (search for Avago) has announced availability of what it asserts is the industry's first 8-Gbit/sec SFP optical transceivers for Fibre Channel applications.

The AFBR-57D5APZ doubles the bandwidth of previous Fibre Channel SFP optical transceivers. The new transceiver is also compliant with SFP+ multi-service agreements and enables the production of standards-based 8-Gbit/sec SAN switches, storage arrays, host bus adapters, and tape drives.

"Our high-performance 8-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel optical transceivers are already in 8G storage products shipping today," said David D'Andrea, director of marketing for Avago Technologies' fiber-optic products division. "With high-quality products and superior service, we've aggressively increased our share in the storage market with nearly two million 4-Gbit/sec transceivers sold in the last 12 months. The introduction of our 8-Gbit/sec transceiver and work on 16-Gbit/sec technologies demonstrates Avago's continued leadership in the storage industry. Further, our internal VCSEL source supports a steady and reliable supply of SAN products."

Avago's new AFBR-57D5APZ is designed to be compliant with FC-PI-4 standards over multimode optical fiber at signaling rates from 8.5 to 2.125 Gbits/sec without the need for external rate select inputs. It provides real-time temperature, supply voltage, laser bias current, laser average output power, and received input power diagnostic information. The AFBR-57D5APZ's digital diagnostic interface also adds the ability to disable the transmitter, monitor for transmitter faults, and monitor for receiver loss of signal.

Avago's AFBR-57D5APZ is available in link lengths up to 150 m for 8.5 Gbis/sec; up to 300 m at 4.25 Gbits/sec.; and up to 500 m at 2.125 Gbits/sec. It leverages all standard features and capabilities of Avago's 4G SFP modules, including DMI and RoHS compliance.

Avago's AFBR-57D5APZ is available now. Pricing begins at $100 in high volumes.

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