Compact SFP, Compact SFF MSA group forms

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- NEC Corp., Fujikura Ltd., and eGtran have announced the formation of a new multi-source agreement (MSA) for a Compact Small Form-Factor Pluggable (CSFP) transceiver and a Compact Small Form-Factor (CSFF) transceiver to support network systems, especially those deploying single-fiber bidirectional transceivers.

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- NEC Corp. (search for NEC), Fujikura Ltd. (search for Fujikura), and eGtran (search for eGtran) have announced the formation of a new multi-source agreement (MSA) for a Compact Small Form-Factor Pluggable (CSFP) transceiver and a Compact Small Form-Factor (CSFF) transceiver to support network systems, especially those deploying single-fiber bidirectional transceivers.

The CSFP MSA defines a transceiver mechanical form-factor with latching mechanism and a host board, SFP-like electrical edge connector, and cage. The CSFF MSA also defines a transceiver mechanical form-factor.

The Dual-Channel CSFP has the same mechanical dimensions as the industry standard SFP transceiver and is compatible with the standard SFP cage. The Single-Channel CSFP and CSFF are half the size of the industry standard SFP and SFF packages. The CSFF design is modular to enable configurations of integrated one-, two- or four-channel modules.

These highly integrated compact transceiver modules will enable network system vendors to increase port density and data throughput, while reducing network equipment cost, the MSA signatories believe.

The CSFP MSA is seeking to add additional member companies in the near future.

The companies involved in this multi-source agreement are exhibiting their Compact SFP and Compact SFF transceiver products at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC 2008) being held in San Diego, California, on February 26, 2008.

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