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Zarlink’s ZLynx optical cable products designed to simplify data centre and computer cluster interconnects

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today introduced what it called the industry's first fully integrated electrical-optical...

February 21, 2007  

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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today introduced what it called the industry’s first fully integrated electrical-optical-electrical (EOE) cable product for interconnecting enterprise data centres and high-performance computer clusters.

According to the company, today, 10 Gbps and above data transmission in data centres and high-performance computer clusters is often implemented using CX4 connectors terminating fat copper cable assemblies.

The bulk, weight, inflexibility and limited reach of multi-strand copper cable assemblies is increasingly a barrier to installation, maintenance and expansion, Zarlink said.

Its new ZLynx products are one-piece fiber optic cable assemblies with integrated, industry-standard electrical terminations capable of 20 Gbps transmission in both directions and 5 Gbps duplex 4-channel data transmission for distances up to 100 metres.

The standard connector, compact size and robust latch mechanism allow ease-of-use with most equipment chassis. The optical cable uses 3.3-volt supplied directly from the electrical port connector. Typical power consumption is 1 watt per connector.

Zarlink will be demonstrating ZLynx at the Optical Fiber Communication conference in Anaheim, Calif. next month.