Fiber Optic Transceivers
An optical transceiver is a module in a fiber-optic network that converts an electric signal into optical light. With the support of lasers, this optical data, or these light pulses, can travel a hundred miles through the cable at up to 100 GB/s.
There are different types, or form factors, of fiber optic transceivers available, and each type differs in terms of data type, the distance required within the site network, and speed. The higher the transmission rate of the optical transceiver, the more complex the structure.
The form factor of a transceiver indicates its size and function. The Multisource Agreement (MSA) serves as a standard for transceivers’ design and production, to ensure that all models of the same form factor have the same size and function. The application of local oscillators ensure no false signals are radiated.
The Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) is a network interface transceiver ideal for several applications, particularly data communications and telecommunication.
On networking hardware, a SFP interface is a modular slot that is compatible with the transceiver, allowing for an optic fiber or copper cable connection. SFP28 is a 25Gb/s interface that uses one 28 Gb/s lane. This form factor supports single- and multi-mode fiber connections, direct attach copper, and active optic cable.
SFP+ is a multi-rate transceiver that offers the best value in storage-area networks (SAN) and 8.5Gb/s to 11Gb/s data communication applications. This module is an improved version of the SFP transceiver, but it has the same size.
The SFP+ module is also compatible with SFF-8472, which allows for real-time parameter monitoring, including optic input and output power, temperature, and supply voltage. The SFP+ form factor is about 30% smaller than the XFP module, and it uses less energy.
The Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus (QSFP+) module integrates well in high-performance data centers and computing networks with high-density 40G connectivity. This form factor features four independent reception and transmission channels that can terminate to another QSFP+ module. Alternatively, you can distribute communications to four 10Gb SFP+ modules.
According to the QSFP+ Multisource Agreement, the 40G QSFP connectors can be duplex LC or 12-fiber MPO. The former is suitable for the transmission of data over long distances using single-mode fiber. The latter is ideal for data transmission of short distances with a multi-mode fiber.
The C Form-factor Pluggable (CFP) products use modern technology and are relatively large, to support 100Gb/s.
This model is popular in the United States because it supports a wide range of link lengths, data rates, and physical media-dependent interfaces. Additionally, the CFP form factor supports both multi-mode and single-mode fiber.
The 10Gb Small Form-factor Pluggable (XFP) offers the best performance, price, and data rate for telecommunication and computer network settings. This form factor is relatively old, but businesses use it throughout the United States. XFP applications include 10Gb/s fiber channel, 10 Gigabit ethernet, and synchronous optical networking.
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