Opnext demos extended reach SFP+ with uncooled EA-DFB

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 -- Opnext Inc. today announced that its extended reach SFP+ module with uncooled EA-DFB will be commercially available starting in the second quarter of 2009. The company will demonstrate the device at next week's ECOC Conference.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2008 -- Opnext Inc. (search for Opnext) today announced that its extended reach SFP+ module with uncooled EA-DFB will be commercially available starting in the second quarter of 2009. The release of this 10-Gbit/sec optical transceiver will expand Opnext's 10-Gbit/sec business and its portfolio of 40-km reach modules, such as SFP+ and XFP. According to the company, it is the first 40-km SFP+/XFP with uncooled EA-DFB.

"We are thrilled to be able to provide this exciting new product to our customers," says Tadayuki Kanno, executive vice president at Opnext. "It offers more capacity, enables higher density systems, and it will help our customers realize thermal and power consumption system requirements. It will also provide a pluggable form factor for easy system maintenance and reduces power consumption by eliminating the need of a TEC. This module is a win-win for our customers," adds Kanno.

This extended reach SFP+ expands Opnext's reach in high-capacity switching, storage, and transmission systems, a market that is expected to grow to $115 million by 2009 and $150 million in 2010. The SFP+ MSA transceiver is the smallest size, simplest interface, and lowest power consumption for 10-Gbit/sec operation. The uncooled EA-DFB is suitable for either SFP+ ER or XFP-IR2 applications.

The product is MSA-based and pin-to-pin compatible. It keeps the 40-km capability in SFP+ form factor with Pc<1.25W, while keeping the same characteristics as the conventional cooled EA-DFB, say company representatives. The uncooled EA-DFB has been developed in cooperation with Hitachi's Central Research Laboratory.

Opnext plans to feature a demonstration of its new SFP+ ER module with uncooled EA-DFB during ECOC 2008 in Brussels, Belgium, from September 22-24, 2008. Visit Opnext at ECOC at Stand #227.


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