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Zarlink transceiver consumes 25 percent less power

Posted: 04 Jul 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:zarlink semiconductor? fiber optic module? fiber optic transceiver? zl60301?

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has expanded its portfolio of parallel fiber-optic modules with the launch of the 4-channel pluggable fiber-optic transceiver ZL60301 that consumes 25 percent less power, generates and dissipates less heat, and increases the reliability of the component and the overall system.

Designed for very-short reach applications, the transceiver offers networking equipment vendors scaleable, high-throughput interconnections of up to 300m within and between the racks, shelves, and boards of optical networking equipment utilized in central offices or large enterprises.

The ZL60301 module combines four separate transmit and receive channels, and connects to a 12-channel multi-mode ribbon fiber. The transceiver handles data at rates up to 2.7Gbps per channel, for an aggregate capacity of 10.8Gbps in each direction.

Employing the company's 850nm oxide VSCEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser) technology in its transmit side, a laser driver and four-device VCSEL array converts electrical input signals into parallel optical outputs with wavelengths of 850nm. The receive portion of the module uses a four-PIN photodiode array and amplifiers to convert parallel optical input signals into electrical outputs.

Packaged in a 100-pin pluggable MegArray BGA connector, the product costs $480 each in quantities of 100.

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