3M Launches Active Optical Cable for SFP+ Applications

  3M Launches Active Optical Cable for SFP+ Applications

    First-of-its-kind cable assembly designed for reaches up to 100 meters

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- February 26, 2013

Designers of high-performance computing systems, data centers and other
ultra-high-throughput networks have a new interconnect option for SFP+
applications. 3M now offers the low-power, high-speed Active Optical Cable
(AOC) Assembly for SFP+ Applications. It is the first known cable assembly of
its kind available on the market that is designed for reaches up to 100
meters. The direct-attach, bi-directional AOC assembly supports speeds of more
than 10 Gbps per channel over OM 2+ bend-insensitive fiber. It can be used to
connect high-performance switches, servers and storage.

The AOC assembly consumes less power than the typical SFP+ interconnect
solutions – active copper cable assemblies or active optical pluggable
transceivers. The light-engine technology in the 3M AOC assembly allows the
cable assembly to operate typically at 240mW per end, helping to save energy
costs and minimize heat dissipation. The cable assembly incorporates 850nm
VCSEL technology, which has a proven track record of high reliability.

“The 3M architecture for SFP+ applications eliminates the traditional
TOSA/ROSA found in pluggable transceivers and allows for direct attachment of
the fiber to the light engine,” said Jeff Bullion, marketing manager,
Electronic Solutions Division. “The 3M AOC architecture provides a lower cost
solution by eliminating components, lowering the risk of optical contamination
and reducing the power required to implement an active SFP+ solution. Now,
network designers and installers have a cost-effective, lower-power, highly
reliable single solution for lengths up to 100 meters.”

The AOC assembly from 3M eliminates many of the issues associated with other
widely used interconnect options. It is lighter and more routable than
conventional passive and active copper solutions, allowing more air flow and
consuming less space. The optical interface is integrated into the cable
assembly, lowering power use and virtually eliminating the risk of optical
contamination associated with pluggable transceiver modules.

The SFP+ AOC from 3M is compliant with the SFF-8431 Rev4.1 SFP+ specification
and supports the 10GB Ethernet and 4GFC and 8GFC Fibre Channel specifications.
The cable assembly is backed by 3M’s two-year active optical warranty and is
available from 3M’s Authorized Channel partners and resellers, including
Colfax Direct. The cable assembly meets FCC Class B, CE Emissions and Immunity
requirements and are *RoHS 2011/65/EU compliant. Learn more about 3M Active
Optical Cables.

About 3M Electronic Solution Division – Interconnect

3M Electronic Solutions Division’s Interconnect business offers a variety of
innovative connectors, cables and cable assemblies, embedded capacitance
materials and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets for component engineers
and designers in the electronics industry. For more information about 3M’s
Interconnect solutions, visit: http://www.3Mconnectors.com. Information about
3M Company is available online.

3M and Textool are trademarks of 3M Company.

All other trademarks listed herein are owned by their respective companies.

*“RoHS 2011/65/EU” means that the product or part does not contain any of the
substances in excess of the maximum concentration values (“MCVs”) in EU RoHS
Directive 2011/65/EU. The MCVs are by weight in homogeneous materials. This
information represents 3M's knowledge and belief, which may be based in whole
or in part on information provided by third party suppliers to 3M.

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