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The Avago AFBR-79EBPZ 40G BiDi MMF QSFP+ Transceiver Module Now Available

August 13, 2015

Network operators and data centers around the world are working feverishly to meet the demand consumers and businesses are placing on their infrastructure. With each additional smartphone and cloud service, the capacity of existing bandwidths must be evaluated. As a supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline, storage and industrial applications, Avago Technologies just announced the availability of the AFBR-79EBPZ. It is a 40G bidirectional (BiDi) multimode fiber (MMF) QSFP+ Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable transceiver module designed for high-speed data center interconnect, networking applications and cloud infrastructures.

The Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) is a compact, hot-pluggable transceiver used by network and data-center operators for data communications applications. As an industry format jointly developed by network component vendors, it is able to deliver high data rates by interfacing networking hardware to a fiber optic cable.

The QSFP specification accommodates Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and SONET/SDH. The QSFP+ transceivers on the other hand are designed to carry Serial Attached SCSI, 40G Ethernet, QDR (40G) and FDR (56G) InfiniBand, and other communications standards.

The new Avago solution will provide the transition from 10G to 40G Ethernet by leveraging existing 10G MMF cabling infrastructure. The 2x20G BiDi optics is an innovative adaptation that enables 40GbE links on existing installed LC duplex multimode fiber of 10G network. This will deliver a cost effective solution as centers move to 40G Ethernet.

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“Our 40G BiDi transceiver technology is an important breakthrough that has facilitated many of our end customers to transition from 10G to 40G network to meet the ever increasing demand for bandwidth. With the general availability of Avago 40G BiDi MMF QSFP+ transceiver, there will be an accelerated market adoption of 40G Ethernet for data centers,” said Philip Gadd, senior vice president and general manager of the Fiber Optics Product Division at Avago.

The transition to higher speeds by data centers will require 40G Ethernet and the different components to make the transition possible. According to Alan Weckel, Vice President of Ethernet Switch Market research at Dell’Oro Group, “We expect 40G Ethernet switches to surpass 10 million ports in 2017, almost a four-fold increase from 2014 levels, especially with the increased availability of high ROI, low TCO solutions that leverage the existing 10G cabling infrastructure.”

Avago has announced availability of the product, with shipments of high volume production quantities of the 40G BiDi fiber optics solution, and it is now accepting orders for the AFBR-79EBPZ.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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