Agilent Technologies' new fiber optic transceivers offer low EMI emissions

Sept. 4, 2001--Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced three small form-factor pluggable fiber optic transceivers for Gigabit Ethernet, iSCSI and Fibre Channel applications.

Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced three small form-factor pluggable (SFP) fiber optic transceivers for Gigabit Ethernet, iSCSI (Internet protocol small computer system interface) and Fibre Channel applications. The company claims these new transceivers offer the lowest electromagnetic interference (EMI) emissions, enabling network equipment manufacturers to employ more than 200 Agilent SFP transceivers in their systems. This transceiver port density is eight times more than other SFP solutions are able to support.

Agilent's SFP fiber optic transceivers are also "hot-pluggable," which allows greater flexibility in system configuration, and eliminates system downtime during upgrades and maintenance. This feature also gives end users the ability to scale their systems when needed without interrupting network services.

Agilent's new transceivers -- HFBR-5710L, HFBR-5701L, and HFBR-5730L -- are compliant to the Small Form-factor Pluggable Multi-Source Agreement, Gigabit Ethernet and iSCSI, IEEE 802.3 specification, and Fibre Channel, ANSI X3.230 specification.

Agilent's HFBR-5710L, HFBR-5701L, and HFBR-5730L operate at 3.3 volts, and feature 850-nm-wavelength oxide VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) light sources.

The Agilent HFBR-5710L supports the 1.25 GBd Ethernet transmission rate and standards, and the Agilent HFBR-5730L supports the 1.063 GBd Fibre Channel transmission rate and standards. The Agilent HFBR-5701L is compliant to the 1.25 GBd Ethernet and 1.063 GBd Fibre Channel transmission rates, as well as meeting requirements for iSCSI. Samples of the transceivers are currently available to select customers, with general availability expected later this month.

Also available is an Agilent reference design that combines the Agilent HFBR-5710L Gigabit Ethernet SFP transceiver and Agilent's HDMP-1687 four channel, 1.25 Gbps serializer-deserializer (SerDes) device. The reference design enables network equipment manufacturers to shorten their design cycle and time to market.

Agilent will continue its fiber optic transceiver development, including pin-through hole (PTH) solutions for host bus adapter card providers, and single mode 1300nm laser solutions in both SFP and PTH packages, all planned to be available later this year.

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