Molex QSFP+ Active Optical Cable Achieves Aggregated Data Rates Up To 56 Gbps Over 4KM

  Molex QSFP+ Active Optical Cable Achieves Aggregated Data Rates Up To 56
  Gbps Over 4KM

   Industry-leading Fourteen Data Rate integrated active optical cable uses
     fraction of the power; Ideal for high-performance computing storage


Business Wire

LISLE, Ill. -- November 09, 2012

Molex Incorporated announces the availability of its QSFP+ low power 56 Gbps
Fourteen Data Rate Active Optical Cable (AOC) which delivers a reliable and
less costly solution for aggregated data rates up to 56 Gbps over reaches up
to 4 km at Super Computing 2012, November 10-16 in Salt Lake City, UT, Molex
booth 3745. The QSFP+ 56 Gbps AOC integrated cable requires less than 1 W per
cable, and provides the flexibility of traditional optical modules by
interfacing to systems via a standard Multiple Source Agreement QSFP (Quad
Small Form Factor Pluggable) connector.

“The QSFP+ 56 Gbps AOC solution from Molex provides up to 4 km of reach yet
uses less than 1 W of power,” states Brent Hatfield, product manager, Molex.
“As data centers and scalable HPC clusters become larger and more distributed,
Molex singlemode solution provides customers with a lower-cost alternative
that can interconnect at medium range distances at a fraction of long range
optics costs. This also provides customers with a clear path to speed upgrades
without having to continuously upgrade their structured cabling, and the
standard QSFP+ port is an economical, readily available interconnect to
support those requirements.”

Featuring four bi-directional optical data links per end, each operating at
data rates from 1.0 to 14.0 Gbps, Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) AOC cables from
Molex are compatible with multiple protocols including InfiniBand* FDR, 10Gb
Ethernet, SAS 2.0 and 3.0 (6 and 12 Gbps), Fibre Channel (8 and 10 Gbps). A
low Bit Error Rate of 10e-18 errors provides increased data reliability and a
robust link compared to standard transceivers with 10e-15 errors per link. The
cables are also available in a low loss pigtail version, which allows
customers to install the singlemode fiber separately and connect to the
pigtail version to avoid constant high-cost cable upgrades as bandwidth

The 56 Gbps AOC cables from Molex are available in lengths up to 4 km (2.49
miles) for optimal design flexibility. The singlemode fiber technology
provides a longer reach than copper and multimode fiber solutions in data
center and campus environments. The firmware is field flashable via a I2C bus
so cables can be reflashed while in the host system.

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About Molex Incorporated

Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions
for a number of markets including data communications, telecommunications,
consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, medical, military and lighting.
Established in 1938, the company operates 40 manufacturing locations in 16
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InfiniBand is a trademark of the InfiniBand Trade Association.


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