AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Designers of high-performance computing systems, data centers and other
ultra-high-throughput networks have a new interconnect option for SFP+
applications. 3M now offers the low-power, high-speed Active
Optical Cable (AOC) Assembly for SFP+ Applications. It is the first
known cable assembly of its kind available on the market that is
designed for reaches up to 100 meters. The direct-attach, bi-directional
AOC assembly supports speeds of more than 10 Gbps per channel over OM 2+
bend-insensitive fiber. It can be used to connect high-performance
switches, servers and storage.
The AOC assembly consumes less power than the typical SFP+ interconnect
solutions – active copper cable assemblies or active optical pluggable
transceivers. The light-engine technology in the 3M AOC assembly allows
the cable assembly to operate typically at 240mW per end, helping to
save energy costs and minimize heat dissipation. The cable assembly
incorporates 850nm VCSEL technology, which has a proven track record of
“The 3M architecture for SFP+ applications eliminates the traditional
TOSA/ROSA found in pluggable transceivers and allows for direct
attachment of the fiber to the light engine,” said Jeff Bullion,
marketing manager, Electronic Solutions Division. “The 3M AOC
architecture provides a lower cost solution by eliminating components,
lowering the risk of optical contamination and reducing the power
required to implement an active SFP+ solution. Now, network designers
and installers have a cost-effective, lower-power, highly reliable
single solution for lengths up to 100 meters.”
The AOC assembly from 3M eliminates many of the issues associated with
other widely used interconnect options. It is lighter and more routable
than conventional passive and active copper solutions, allowing more air
flow and consuming less space. The optical interface is integrated into
the cable assembly, lowering power use and virtually eliminating the
risk of optical contamination associated with pluggable transceiver
The SFP+ AOC from 3M is compliant with the SFF-8431 Rev4.1 SFP+
specification and supports the 10GB Ethernet and 4GFC and 8GFC Fibre
Channel specifications. The cable assembly is backed by 3M’s two-year
active optical warranty and is available from 3M’s Authorized Channel
partners and resellers, including Colfax
Direct. The cable assembly meets FCC Class B, CE Emissions and
Immunity requirements and are *RoHS 2011/65/EU compliant. Learn more
Active Optical Cables.
About 3M Electronic Solution Division – Interconnect
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variety of innovative connectors, cables and cable assemblies, embedded
capacitance materials and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets for
component engineers and designers in the electronics industry. For more
information about 3M’s Interconnect solutions, visit: http://www.3Mconnectors.com.
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*“RoHS 2011/65/EU” means that the product or part does not contain any
of the substances in excess of the maximum concentration values (“MCVs”)
in EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. The MCVs are by weight in homogeneous
materials. This information represents 3M's knowledge and belief, which
may be based in whole or in part on information provided by third party
suppliers to 3M.
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