Agilent Shipping Parallel Optics Modules

BÖBLINGEN, Germany -- Agilent Technologies Inc., a leading provider of innovative technologies for communications and life sciences, today announced that it has received initial customer orders and begun shipments of the industry’s first surface-mount compatible parallel-optics modules. These new parallel-optics modules are designed for leading network and telecom equipment manufacturers, who are developing immensely scalable terabit switch routers to meet the market’s skyrocketing demand for network capacity.

Agilent’s parallel-optics modules solve the data capacity and space problems inherent with copper interconnects and existing optical transceivers. Operating at 2.5 gigabits per second (Gb/s) per channel, these new devices combine the 12-channel HFBR-712BP transmitter and HFBR-722BP receiver modules with industry-standard fiber-optic cables and connectors to deliver an aggregate throughput of 30 Gb/s while occupying only 38 mm (1.5 inches) of the long dimension of PC boards which are typically 16 to 18 inches in length. The transmitter and receiver pair occupies approximately the same area as two 1 Gb/s small form factor (SFF) transceivers, but provides performance 15 times greater.

“This rapid product rollout validates our design and manufacturing expertise,” said Tom Fawcett, marketing manager for Agilent’s Optical Systems Interconnect Business Unit. “These qualities are the reason why Agilent is the world’s number one fiber-optic transceiver manufacturer.”

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