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OpNext releases XENPAK-compliant transceiver

Posted: 06 Feb 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:opnext? transceiver? networking ic? data communication ic? receiver?

The company has announced the availability of XENPAK-compliant 10Gb Ethernet transceiver modules designed for LAN and MAN applications.

Using the industry-standard 10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface (XAUI), the transceiver converts four 3.125Gbps electrical channels into one serial 10.3125Gbps optical signal for transmission over single-mode fiber for distances ranging from 2m to 40km. This eliminates the need for costly protocol translations, making it suitable for connecting LANs in the metro markets.

The company claims the modules have the best heat paths and cooling convection, conducting wind tunnel experiments and modeling to ensure working thermal solutions. Moreover, the company said that the modules use low-power multiplexer/demultiplexer/CDR CMOS ICs to ensure low power consumption.

The XENPAK MSA was started by Agilent Technologies and Agere Systems, defining a fiber-optic transceiver module, which conforms to the 10 GbE standard as laid down by the IEEE 802.3ae.

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