AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A fiber fanout cable assembly supporting the interoperability of 40
Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) switch ports and 10 GbE server ports is now
available from the 3M Electronic Solutions Division. The
first-of-its-kind, 3M Active Optical Cable (AOC) Assembly for QSFP+ to
SFP+ Applications incorporates industry-leading VCSEL and 3M
light-engine technologies to deliver exceptional cost and performance
value for data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.
The hybrid AOC assembly transitions a single QSFP+ port with four
parallel channels to four individual, single-channel SFP+ ports in
top-of-rack (ToR) applications and at distances up to 100 meters. The
fanout cable assembly addresses a common data center and HPC problem in
which QSFP+ switch ports are under-utilized. Because the 3M fanout
assembly allows direct-attach transitions at a one-to-four QSFP+ to SFP+
ratio, more 40 GbE uplinks can be deployed.
“This new AOC fanout assembly from 3M helps simplify cable routing for
10 GbE aggregation and 40 GbE top-of-rack applications while allowing
optimization of the limited QSFP+ uplinks found on today’s network
switches,” said Jeff Bullion, marketing manager, System and Components
Business, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “It provides a true
plug-and-play, low-cost, low-power and low-latency alternative to the
pluggable modules and patch cords commonly used today.”
With no optical splices, the AOC Assembly for QSFP+ to SFP+ Applications
from 3M provides seamless, end-to-end connectivity over
bend-insensitive, multimode fiber. The number of connections is cut in
half compared to traditional module solutions. Fewer connection points
can improve reliability, reduce optical loss and latency, and lower
The cable assembly supports cost efficiency in a number of ways. Each of
the cable assembly’s parallel channels is synchronized to provide
interoperability between the 40 GbE and 10 GbE interfaces, which limits
the amount of optical debugging and tuning required, which can speed up
installation. The lightweight, thin fiber assembly makes cable routing
and dress-out easier while allowing better air flow in the rack,
potentially reducing cooling costs. In addition, one product replaces
three (two types of transceivers and a fiber cable), lowering cost and
reducing purchasing and inventory management complexity.
The cable assembly is available in lengths up to 100 meters with the
individual and uniform fanout lengths ranging from 1 meter to 2.5
meters. It is designed to meet SFF-8436, -8431, -8472 and -8432
standards. All 3M Active Optical products meet FCC Class B and CE
Emissions and Immunity requirements, CDRH/IEC 60825-1 and are *RoHS
2011/65/EU compliant. Learn more about 3M
Active Optical products.
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electronics, touch panels, enterprise and networking, industrial and
factory automation, semiconductor and component markets worldwide.
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