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Networking component suppliers forge deal in 10Gbps transceivers

Posted: 26 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mitsubishi electric? nec? opnext? optillion? tyco electronics?

Networking component suppliers Agere Systems, Agilent Technologies, JDS Uniphase, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC Corp., OpNext, Optillion, and Tyco Electronics, have entered into a multi-source agreement, also referred to as "X2", for smaller form factor 10Gbps pluggable fiber-optic transceivers.

Transceivers developed using this new specification will to offer a smaller size which is expected to reduce board space on line cards for optical networking systems. The X2 specification supports multiple 10Gbps applications, providing network equipment manufacturers with one platform that addresses several 10Gbps markets.

Aside from the X2, another MSA also specifies a smaller version of the XENPAK transceiver. However, the X2 MSA specifies a module physically shorter than the XENPAK, which mounts on the topside of the host PCB and uses the electrical I/O specification defined by the XENPAK MSA. Further, X2 is initially focused on optical links to 10km and is targeted at "second generation" 10Gbps enterprise, storage, and telecom applications that do not require the thermal capacity provided by XENPAK.

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