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Agilent shipping 4 Gb/s fiber optic transceivers for Fibre Channel Storage networks

Agilent Technologies Inc. has released multimode fiber optic transceivers targeted at 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel applicat...


January 20, 2005  


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Agilent Technologies Inc. has released multimode fiber optic transceivers targeted at 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel applications such as Fibre Channel switches, disk arrays and host bus adapters.

The small-form factor (SFF) and small-form factor pluggable (SFP) devices support next-generation storage networks based on the new 4 Gb/s standard.

Both the Agilent AFBR-59R5AL in the 2 x 7 SFF package and AFBR-57R5AP in the SFP package are compliant with ANSI (American National Standards Institute) FC-PI and FC-PI-2 physical layer standards and support Fibre Channel applications at 1-, 2- and 4-Gb/s data rates.

Their SFF and EMI (electromagnetic interference) performance enable high-density configurations, the company says.

Both feature integrated diagnostic monitoring interface (DMI) capabilities per the SFF-8472 multi-source agreement (MSA), which allows users to monitor link quality during operation using the standard I2C interface.

DMI provides users with diagnostic information on optical power, bias current, temperature and supply voltage.