Agilent Technologies and Zarlink Semiconductor have unveiled plans to create a common standard for pluggable 4-channel parallel optic transceiver modules with an aggregate bandwidth up to 10Gbps.
Dubbed POP4, the specification will be marketed by both companies as the potential global industry standard for 4-channel parallel optic transceivers.
Both Agilent and Zarlink will design standardised packaging, optical and electronic interfaces for their respective 4-channel transceiver modules, which are currently under development.
These will feature 4-transmit and 4-receive channels in one package, each operating at 1 to 2.7Gbps, for an aggregate bandwidth of between 4 and 10.8Gbps in each direction, according to Agilent Fibre Optics division product marketing manager David Eastley.
“Parallel fibre optic modules for very short reach optical interconnect are key components in the intra-system backplanes being designed for scalable, multi-chassis networking equipment,” Eastley said.
“This agreement provides customers with multi-vendor pluggable transceivers that will also be compatible with Infiniband and VSR OC-192 specifications.”
Eastley said true scalability is achieved through a multi-chassis design that allows network operators to increase capacity simply by adding one or more chassis to the original configuration.
The modules themselves use a 100-pin MEG-Array connector and are based on 850-nanometer vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL)technology.
The transceivers support transmission requirements of up to 10.8Gbps, occupy less than one inch of board space, and are compatible with an industry-standard MTP/MPO fibre optic connector.
“We are encouraging other vendors to design to the POP4 specification to further promote customer choice,” Zarlink Semiconductor parallel fibre modules product line manager Olof Svenonius said.
A copy of the POP4 specification can be found at http://www.popoptics.org/