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Small form factor pluggable optical transceivers

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AGILENT Technologies has announced a new series of small form factor pluggable (SFP) fibre optic transceivers for SONET/SDH networks.

The new products are part of Agilent's Metrak family of fibre optic transceivers and ICs aimed at providing economical, high-performance solutions for metropolitan area networking, and underscore Agilent's commitment to the fibre optic transceiver market.

The new devices include both 155Mb/s (OC-3) and 622 Mb/s (OC-12) transceivers, both sampling today, with plans for a 2.488Gb/s (OC-48) SFP device expected during 2003. SFP transceivers offer the traditional size and cost benefits of small form factor devices.

They also allow customers the flexibility to plug in additional transceivers as data traffic grows, enabling network managers and service providers to only pay for the bandwidth that is currently needed.

Agilent's new HFCT-5760xx OC-3 transceivers include long-reach and intermediate reach devices.

They are available with the convenient bail de-latch mechanism that eases the process of removing the transceivers in space-constrained systems and high-density applications where transceivers are packed closely together on both sides of a circuit board.

The HFCT-5750xx-OC-12 transceivers are aimed at intermediate reach applications and also offer the bail de-latch.

The new transceivers offer a multi-rate capability that allows the devices to communicate with slower transceivers. They also have an extended operating temperature range of -10°C to +85°C.

As with other Agilent transceivers, the new SONET/SDH devices also offer EMI and jitter specifications, giving designers increased flexibility in meeting performance and regulatory requirements.

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