MARCH 23, 2009 -- Opnext Inc. (Search Lightwave for Opnext), designer and manufacturer of optical modules and components, has announced the availability of a 16G Fibre Channel longwave (FC LW) SFP+ transceiver prototype. The company will hold what it says is the industry's first live demonstration of a 16G Fibre Channel longwave SFP+ at Booth #902 during OFC/NFOEC, being held March 24-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Based on Opnext's 1,310-nm DFB laser technology, the 16G FC LW SFP+ optical transceiver offers transmission distances of up to 10 km with high speed and port density for next-generation storage equipment.
"We are proud to be able to lead the market for our customers' next-generation storage networks needs," says Rich Zoccolillo, vice president, pluggables business unit for Opnext. "Our 16G FC product will complement our existing 8G Fibre Channel and 10G for FC-over-Ethernet product lines."
The company recently released its 8G FC shortwave and longwave product line into mass production. The next-generation 16G FC product specifications are currently in discussion at the T11 industry standards committee. Market release of the 16G FC product line will be in 2010. The SFP+ product line for storage applications is fully ROHS compliant and offers a digital monitoring interface and extended temperature range up to 85°C with power consumption less than 1 W.
Storage OEMs are currently in the process of rolling out their 8G FC products. Next-generation products for 16G FC are planned for 2010, according to the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA).