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Zarlink, Fulcrum to team up at Interop

Ottawa-based Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today said it plans to demonstrate an optical cable interconnect product th...


May 18, 2007  


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Ottawa-based Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today said it plans to demonstrate an optical cable interconnect product that extends the reach of 10-Gigabit Ethernet data centres and high-performance computer clusters.

Zarlink’s ZLynx electrical-optical-electrical cable assemblies, currently available for sampling, will be demonstrated with Fulcrum Microsystem Inc.’s FocalPoint 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch products at Interop Las Vegas 2007 next week.

Today, 10-Gigabit Ethernet interconnect relies on a combination of CX4 connectors terminating fat copper cable assemblies for short-reach demands and pluggable optical transceivers for longer reach requirements, the company said.

The weight, power demands, inflexibility and limited reach of multi-strand copper cable assemblies pose an installation, maintenance and expansion barrier. The need to support both electrical and optical ports limits both initial equipment design flexibility and easy future expansion of data centres and computer clusters.”

ZLynx products are one-piece fiber optic cable assemblies with integrated, industry-standard electrical terminations capable of 20 Gbps transmission on both directions and 5 Gbps duplex four-channel data transmission, for distances up to 100 metres.