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C18-2761-LC-R

18ch CWDM Mux Demux, 1270-1610, 19" 1U
Standard 19" 1U
Part number:
C18-2761-LC-R
Pro Optix Reference:
11031

Product specification

Form Factor
Standard 19" 1U
Operating Temperature
-30-70°C
Insertion Loss dB
≤3.0
Product Category
CWDM Dual Fiber
Operating Wavelength
1270-1610
WDM technology
CWDM
Channel Spacing
+/- 20nm
No Channels
18
Monitor Port
No
Passband Type
Flat Top
Channel Spacing GHz
2500GHz
Manufacturer
Pro Optix
Warranty
3 Year

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Why choose Pro Optix Optical Transceivers?

Pro Optix are proven leaders in fiber optical networking, providing products and services to the highest quality.

Over the last decade we have sold millions of optical transceivers and are continuing to expand. From the company’s start Pro Optix products have been used extensively across the Nordics and are now used and relied on by companies across the globe.

Transceiver stock, delivery and dependable support

We offer next day, fully tracked delivery from our extensive European stock.  

Technical support is available on demand and the Pro Optix team of experts can provide any project support you may need. Our warrantied transceivers are selected with due-diligence to ensure portfolio compatibility and customer satisfaction. All our suppliers operate under ISO quality control standards.

Why choose Pro Optix WDM?

Pro Optix has a vast range of CWDM and DWDM transceivers and multiplexers. In addition to our Standard WDM Multiplexer, our experts developed the Pro MINI high density and Pro NANO ultra high density series of WDM multiplexers using the CS connector ultra-high-density as a world first.

Our WDM technology is relied on by some of the largest telcos, carriers and city carriers in northern Europe and is used by enterprises both large and small who are looking to make cost savings and optimize their networks.

WDM stock, delivery and dependable support

We offer next day, fully tracked delivery from our extensive European stock.  

Technical support is available on demand and the Pro Optix team of experts can provide any project support you may need. Our warrantied transceivers are selected with due-diligence to ensure portfolio compatibility and customer satisfaction. All our suppliers operate under ISO quality control standards.

Why choose Pro Optix for your fiber cables?

Pro Optix are experts in fiber optical networks and have been offering a full range of high quality fiber solutions and services to our customers for a decade.

All our products undergo stringent testing and ISO certified production, and are relied on by companies and carriers across Europe and beyond. If you are looking for a bespoke product, contact us, and one of our experts will be in touch to discuss your specific nee

Fiber cable stock, dependable delivery and support

We offer a wide range of fiber optic and ethernet patch cables with next day delivery from our extensive European stock.

The Pro Optix team of experts are on hand to provide you with any support or bespoke cables you need for your project. Our cables are fully warrantied and selected with care to ensure compatibility and complete customer satisfaction, with all our suppliers operating under ISO quality standards.

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GBIC Transceiver

GBIC (Gigabit Interface Converter) was one of the first standards released in 1995 by the Small Form Factor Committee (now part of the Storage Networking Industry Association) for flexible hot-swappable transceivers and was revised in 2000. While the GBIC is now all but obsolete technology, people still sometimes refer to transceivers in general as GBICs. It was originally able to transmit at up to 1 Gbps over single mode or multimode optical fiber.

SFP Transceiver

SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) transceivers were launched in 2001 as a smaller version of GBIC with the same functionality. They are sometimes known as “mini-GBIC” and largely replaced GBIC. When introduced, typical speeds were 1 Gbps for Ethernet and up to 4 Gbps for Fibre Channel. Data rates available range from 100 Mbps to 4Gbps. SFP can use different connector such as LC Duplex, LC Simplex, RJ45, SC Simplex and many more, with distances from 100m to 160km.

QSFP28 Transceiver

QSFP28 was launched in 2014. Based on the same technology as QSFP+ but instead using 4 lanes of 25Gbps. QSFP28 is now the standard interface of choice for 100G applications. The dimensions of the transceiver are the same as QSFP+ and is available in several different configurations from 100m using multimode to 80km using singlemode. Connectors available are LC Duplex and MPO-12.

CSFP Transceiver

CSFP (Compact Size SFP) is an advance on bidirectional SFP, providing two bi-directional streams of traffic using a SFP port. The only requirement is that the port needs to support CSFP. CSFP can be used to connect two sites which have bidirectional SFP, thus doubling the port density and reducing power consumption with half the number of ports required. Supports 2 x 1000Mbps up to 20km.

SFP+ Transceiver

SFP+ (Enhanced Small Form-factor Pluggable) is an enhanced version of SFP but with a higher data rate and was originally introduced in 2006. Data transmission is available at 8 Gbps, 10 Gbps and 16 Gbps. SFP+ has become a dominant industry format and is supported by many network vendors, with the latest update to the standard in 2013. Distances covered range from 30m to 120km and SFP+ transceivers are available several different connector types such as LC Duplex, LC Simplex and RJ45.

SFP28 Transceiver

SFP28 was designed for speeds of up to 32 Gbps with the same physical dimensions as SFP and SFP+. Launched in 2014, SFP28 provides a single 28 Gbps Ethernet channel which is able to transmit 25 Gbps of data plus encoding overhead. For Fibre Channel configurations with support for 32 Gbps are available. Modules are available in either single or multimode fiber connections. With a reach of between 100m and 40km, SFP28 transceivers only use 1 channel and are available with LC Duplex and Simplex connectors

SFP-DD Transceiver

SFP-DD (Small Form-factor Pluggable Double Density) is a new multisource agreement standard. It is one of the smallest form-factors enabling data centers to double port density and increase data rates. Based on 50G PAM4 modulation it supports 2 channels with up to 100 Gbps and will be backward compatible with both SFP+ modules and cables along with new SFP-DD products. For use in data centers, the standard offers a cheaper option for high port density break-out applications. With a data rate of 100 Gbps it will eventually be able to support 200 Gbps with two 100 Gbps PAM4 channels and supports distances of between 500m and 10km.

QSFP Transceiver

QSFP (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable) transceivers are slightly larger than SFP and were launched in 2006. They have 4 lanes enabling data transmission at 4 times the rate over multi-mode or single-mode fiber at 4 Gbps. They are available to cover distances ranging from 500m to 10km with LC Duplex and MPO-12 connectors.

QSFP+ Transceiver

QSFP+ (Enhanced Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable) is a 4-channel small hot pluggable optical transceiver that supports LC Duplex and MPO-12 fiber connectors. Launched in 2012 it is larger in dimensions that SFP+ optical transceivers and covers distances of between 100m and 40km. It is the main and dominant form factor for data rates at 40 Gbps.

QSFP56 Transceiver

In 2019, QSFP56 was standardized and was able to double the achievable data rate of QSFP28 with a top speed of 200 Gbps. This is achieved by using parallel fibers and 8 x 25Gbps wavelengths or taking advantage of PAM4 modulation and an internal multiplexer pushing 50Gbps over 4 wavelengths. It is available in different configurations reaching 100m using OM4 up to 10km using OS2. It uses LC or MPO-12 connectors.

QSFP-DD Transceiver

QSFP-DD (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable Double Density) standard was released in 2019 and uses a form factor which is also backward compatible with other versions of QSFP. It has an additional row of contacts which provide an 8 lane electrical interface to enable high-speed solutions. The eight lanes enable data rates of up to 800 Gbps and connects to LC and MPO-16, it also introduced a new connector – the CS connector. With 2 x CS Duplex on one transceiver which can be utilized in breakout and aggregation applications. QSFP-DD enables data rates of 400Gbps and 800Gbps.

XENPAK TransceiverM

XENPAK was defined in 2001 via a multisource agreement (MSA) between Agilent Technologies and Agere Systems and adhered to the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) standard from the IEEE 802.3 working group.

X2 Transceiver

X2 was announced in 2002 and launched in 2003 with a 10 Gb/s data rate over 10 kilometers. It was half the size of the XENPAK. The latest update to the X2 definition was in 2005.

XFP Transceiver

The XFP (X Form-factor Pluggable) standard was originally announced in 2002, adopted in 2003 and updated in 2005. The “X” in the abbreviation is the Roman numeral for “10” and all XFP modules are 10G. From 2010 onwards, XFP modules were in the past generally used for longer distances especially for DWDM and SFP+ modules were used for higher densities. XFP covers distances of 300m to 120km with LC Duplex and Simplex connectors.

OSFP Transceiver

OSFP was launched in 2019 supporting bitrates of 400G and above and introduced the new CS connector (along with LC Duplex and MPO-12), which allows 2 x CS Duplex on one transceiver making aggregation possible without the need for MPO. Available with data rates of 400G and 800G, It can cover distances of between 500m and 40km.

CFP Transceiver

CFP (C Form-factor Pluggable). Introduced in 2009, the Roman numeral “C” indicates its original design for 100 Gigabit systems supporting ultra-high bandwidth networks forming the backbone of the Internet. 10 x 10G lanes or 4 x 25G lanes, supporting a single 100 Gbps signal (such as 100GbE or OTU4) or one or more 40 Gbps signals (such as 40 GbE, OTU3, STM-256/OC-768) can cover distances from 150m to 3000km and above in amplified long-haul systems. Connectors available include LC Duplex and MPO-24.

CFP2 Transceiver

Since the introduction of CFP in 2009 improvements in technology now allow higher performance and higher density and the CFP2 and CFP4 specifications were developed. CFP2 launched in 2012 specifies a form-factor of ½ the physical size of the original specification. CFP2 provides data rates from 100Gbps to 200Gbps, for distances from 10km to 2000km and above in amplified long-haul systems with LC Duplex connectors.

CFP4 Transceiver

CFP4, which was released in 2014 is a quarter of the size of the original CFP standard developed in 2009. It can still deliver the same 100 Gbps data rate and is suitable for distances of up to 10km. It uses LC Duplex connectors, with less than 6 W power usage.

Single mode Optical Transceivers

Single mode transceivers transmit one wavelength of light over long distances up to 120km over singlemode fiber without additional amplification. Some common types include LR (Long Range) at 1310nm; ER (Extended Range) at 1550nm; ZR (Further Extended Reach) at 1550nm. They are available in configurations ranging from 100 Mbps to 800 Gbps.

Multimode Optical Transceivers

Multi-mode transceivers transmit multiple signals at shorter distances (up to 2km) over a larger core cable. 100Mbps Fast Ethernet can be transmitted up to 2km and Gigabit up to 550m. However, the larger the bandwidth the shorter the distance the signal can be transmitted. For example: 10 Gbps up to 300m, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps up to 100m.

CWDM Optical Transceivers

CWDM Optical Transceivers are used in CWDM installations to connect to the CWDM multiplexer. They transmit using separate optical wavelengths on the same fiber pair. They support wavelengths from 1270nm to 1610nm in 20nm increments and are compliant with the ITU G.694 CWDM standard. Available for SFP, SFP+, SFP28, XFP, QSFP28 form factors.

DWDM Optical Transceivers

DWDM Optical Transceivers transmit at different optical wavelengths on the same fiber pair. They support wavelengths between 1525–1565 nm with 100GHz or 50GHz spacing. Available in SFP, SFP+, SFP28 and XFP form factors.

BiDi Optical Transceivers (also known as Simplex)

Transmit data over simplex single mode fiber at rates of between 1Gbps to 10Gbps and are most used in FTTH installations and access netowkrs as they offer high bandwidth but only requires a single fiber strand reducing costs. Typical BiDi transceivers are SFP 1G (2km to 120km), SFP+ 10G (10km to 60km) and SFP28 25G (up to 40km).

Coherent Optical Transceivers

Coherent modulation is used in high-bandwidth (100/200Gbps) long-distance communications applications, with distances up to 3000km and above. Coherent optical transceivers were originally proprietary in design, but now adhere to MSA standards, such as CFP2-DCO and 400G ZR/ZR+. Coherent modules uses tunable lasers which can be tuned to different optical wavelengths. (LC Duplex, Single mode).

Copper Transceivers

Copper transceivers are designed to communicate over twisted pair network cables with RJ45 connectors. They can transmit to distances of up to 100m at a data rates of 100Mbps to 1000Mbps over SFP and up to 30m at 10Gbps with SFP+.

Non-Return-to-Zero (NRZ) Optical Transceiver Modulation

Non-Return-to-Zero (NRZ) is the traditional modulation for optical communication. It uses on-off keying (two voltage levels to represent binary ‘0’ and’1’). It is used for short distances and limited to 28Gbps data rate but using WDM can be combined to achieve a data rate of 100Gbps.

Pulse-amplitude Modulation (PAM4)

Pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM4) increases the amount of bits per symbol transmitted to achieve bit rates of 56Gbps or higher. It uses 4 voltage levels to represent the binary states ‘00’, ‘01’, ‘10’, ‘11’. PAM4 for transmitting at rates of 200G, 400G and 800G over longer distances.

VCSEL (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser)

VCSEL stands for Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser and is a semiconductor laser, rather than an edge-beam laser. It uses the 850nm wavelength for transmission over multimode fiber. VCSEL lasers are inexpensive to make, have low power consumption and are used in optical transceivers for distances up to 500m.

FP (Fabry Perot Laser)

Fabry Perot (FP) lasers are used in optical transceivers for distances below 40km. FP lasers are available for specific wavelengths and have large output power, a high modulation rate. However, their smaller divergence angle and narrow spectrum mean that they cannot be used for transmission over WDM. FP Lasers use the 1310nm and 1550nm wavelengths.

DFB (Distributed Feedback Laser)

DFB, which stands for Distributed Feedback Laser, passes only specific wavelengths through a grating. Optical transceivers transmitting at distances below 40km use DFB lasers at 1310nm and 1550nm wavelengths. Is also known as DML (Directly Modulated Laser). 

EML (Electro-absorption Modulated Laser)

EML uses a design which integrates a laser diode with an electro-absorption modulator (EAM) in a single chip. This design features lower chromatic dispersion, so it is better suited to higher data rate transmission over longer distances.

Ethernet cables

Pro Optix offers a range of Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables. All cables are manufactured with Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) to reduce toxic gas emissions in case of fire. The cables are offered in a wide range of lengths and colors. If you still can't find what you're looking for, we can produce tailor-made Ethernet cables for your specific needs.

DAC and AOC

Direct Attach Copper (DAC) and Active Optical Cables (AOC) are designed for high-speed links, short-haul links, in-rack, inter-rack and between data centers. With low initial costs, they are quick and easy to install and come with a transceiver attached at both ends. DACs are end-to-end copper cables for a direct electrical connection with a limited range of 0.5 to 15 meters. They have near zero energy consumption with speeds up to 400G. AOC provides lightweight optical cable and handles the conversion of electrical signals to light for distances of up to 300 meters.

Passive

Passive Optical Networks rely on passive components and the characteristics of light to transmit signals. They do not rely on electronic components such as repeaters or amplifiers and passive splitters are used to divide the signals up into multiple paths without the need for electrical power. As there are no electronic components, passive optical networks are generally simpler and require less maintenance.

Active

Active Optical Networks require electrical power to operate active components including transceivers, routers and switches. Amplifiers, also requiring power, are used to boost optical signal strength over long distances.

Breakout

Yes

Breakout

No

AOC

AOC stands for Active Optical Cable. The cables consist of multimode OM3/OM4 fiber. As an all-in-one “plug and play” solution, Active Optical Cables are pre-fitted with a transceiver already attached at either end of the cable or as break-outs. Typically used for fixed short distances, AOCs are supplied in lengths ranging from 1 meter up 300 meters, with a recommended maximum reach of 30 meters for optimum performance. Transceivers supplied include: SFP+, SFP28, QSFP+, QSFP28, QSFP-DD with speeds of up to 800G.

DAC

DAC stands for Direct Attach Cable. DACs are made of end-to-end twinax copper and are supplied from the factory with a single transceiver at each end or as break-out cables. Low up front costs and quick installation of this plug and play solution make it suitable for short distance connections (0.5m to 15m) while providing data rates of 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, 400G, 800G.

Black

Black jackets are used for outdoor and indoor/outdoor cables for applications such as campus networks or fiber backhaul.

Orange

Orange jacketed cables are associated with multimode fiber optics, typically OM1 or OM2. They are commonly used for shorter-distance applications within buildings or LANs.

Aqua

Aqua is used for multimode OM3 and OM4 cables, particularly in high-density datacenter installations.

Fiber optic cables

Pro Optix offers a range of different fiber cables, ranging from single mode OS1 and OS2 to multimode OM1, OM3 and OM4. All of which can be adapted to your specific needs. OS1 and OS2 single mode fiber cables are available in a large number of connection types for speeds up to 40 GB and with a distance between 0.5 and 40 meters. These cables are suitable for longer distances. OM1, OM3 and OM4 multimode fiber cables are, however, cheaper to use, install and maintain than single mode cables.

OM3

Multimode cable used in high-speed data transmission. Suitable for 10G, 40G and 100G up to 100 meters. Modal Bandwidth: 2000 MHz-km. Wavelength optimized for 850nm.

OM4

Multimode cable used n high-speed data transmission. Designed to support10G, 40G and 100G data rates up to 150 meters. Modal Bandwidth: 4700 MHz-km. Wavelength optimized for 850nm.

OM5

Multimode cable used in high-speed data transmission. Designed to support10G, 40G and 100G data rates up to 150 meters. S Modal Bandwidth: 4700 MHz-km. Supports SWDM (Short Wavelength Division Multiplexing). Designed to support multiple wavelengths, including 850 nm, 880 nm, 910 nm, and 953 nm.

OS2

OS2 (Optical Single-Mode 2) designed to transmit a single mode of light which allows for higher bandwidth and longer transmission distances compared to multimode fibers. Suitable for long-haul communication such as telecommunications, long-distance networking and metropolitan area networks. OS2 fiber cables are optimized for transmission in the 1310 nm and 1550 nm wavelengths windows.

Duplex

Duplex fiber optic cables enable two-way transmission of data over a fiber pair one fiber. Used in applications that require simultaneous and bi-directional data transfer.

Simplex

Simplex cables have only one fiber and are most commonly used for data communication in two directions, divided over two different wavelengths. Using simplex save costs and space as less fiber is needed in a tight rack or at the connector front panel.

LC/APC

Connector Type: LC
Polish Type: APC (Angled Physical Contact)
Ferrule Diameter: 1.25 mm
Designed with an 8-degree angled polish on the fiber end face to minimize back reflections. APC is often used for real-time video transmissions, such as cable-TV networks.

LC/UPC

Suitable for high-density installations where space is limited.
Connector Type: LC
Polish Type: UPC (Ultra Physical Contact)
Ferrule Diameter: 1.25 mm
Designed with a flat (non-angled) polish on the fiber end face.

SC/APC

Connector Type: SC
Polish Type: APC (Angled Physical Contact)
Ferrule Diameter: 2.5 mm
Designed with an 8-degree angled polish on the fiber end face to minimize back reflections.

SC/UPC

Connector Type: SC
Polish Type: UPC (Ultra Physical Contact)
Ferrule Diameter: 2.5 mm
Designed with a flat (non-angled) polish on the fiber end face.
SC connector is very often used to connect straight to equipment with built in laser optics. Like a converter without SFP slot.

ST/UPC

Suitable for various fiber optic applications, including telecommunications, LANs, etc.
Connector Type: ST (Straight Tip). Bayonet-style connector with straight, cylindrical ferrule. Polish Type: UPC (Ultra Physical Contact) Ferrule Diameter: 2.5 mm

Blue

The blue jacket signifies versatile and standard multimode (OM3/OM4) or single-mode (OS2) fiber optic cables, well-suited for various networking applications.

Yellow

Yellow jacketed cables are associated with single-mode (OS2) fibers, offering long-distance, high-performance connectivity in diverse IT environments.

Turquoise

Turquoise jacketed cables represent advanced multimode (OM4/OM5) fibers, designed to support the highest data rates and bandwidth-intensive applications, particularly within data centers.

Purple

The purple jacket designates multimode (OM3/OM4/OM5) fiber optic cables optimized for high-speed data transmission, commonly used in datacenters and high-density networks.

Green

Cables with green jackets indicate higher bandwidth multimode (OM3/OM4) or single-mode (OS2) fibers, suitable for demanding data transmission needs.

Length

Our cables are available from 0.5m to 30m in length.

RJ45

A RJ45 connector has 8 pins used for Ethernet connections. The RJ45 can be used with various types of cables, including Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a, Cat7 and Cat7a.

CAT6

Cat6 cables are mostly used in Gigabit Ethernet (1G) but can support 10-Gigabit Ethernet (up to 250MHz) over short distances up to about 100 meters. Commonly used in home and small office networks.

CAT6A

Cat 6a cables offer higher performance compared to Cat 6 and can support 10-Gigabit Ethernet (up to 500 MHz) over distances of up to 100 meters.

CAT7

CAT7 are designed to support increased data rates of up to 10G and 40G and offer additional shielding (using S/FTP or F/FTP foil and braided shielding) for reduced interference. Typically used in datacenters, industrial settings and other environments where high performance and shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) are critical.

S/FTP

S/FTP stands for Shielded and Foiled Twisted Pair. S/FTP provides an overall braid or foil shield that surrounds the individual twisted pairs of copper conductors. Each pair of conductors is twisted to provide additional protection against electromagnetic interference (EMI).

UTP slim

UTP slim (Unshielded Twisted Pair – Slim) is a type of twisted pair cable with a reduced diameter to make it more flexible and easier to manage in tight spaces.

UTP

UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) are the most common type of Ethernet cables. Consisting of twisted pairs of copper conductors without an overall shielding layer. The twisted pairs help reduce electromagnetic interference through cancellation.

Length

Our cables are available from 0.5m to 30m in length.

MPO

MPO (Multi-Fiber Push On) connectors are designed for high-density applications where a large number of fibers need to be connected with limited space. MPO connectors come in a variety of configurations, supporting from 8 to 32 fibers. They are available in female (without pins) which are used in patch cords and male (with pins) connectors which are used in equipment ports. MPO connectors are compatible with MTP.

OM4

Multimode cable used in high-speed data transmission. Designed to support 10G, 40G and 100G data rates up to 300 meters. Modal Bandwidth: 4700 MHz-km. Wavelength optimized for 850nm.

OS2

OS2 (Optical Single-Mode 2) designed to transmit a single mode of light which allows for higher bandwidth and longer transmission distances compared to multimode fibers. Suitable for long-haul communication such as telecommunications, long-distance networking and metropolitan area networks. OS2 fiber cables are optimized for transmission in the 1310 nm and 1550 nm wavelengths windows.

Breakout

Breakout cables are available with 8-24 LC contacts.

MPO Cable

Pre-connected patch cables with 12, 16, 24 or 32 fibers. Available in OS2, OM4 or OM5 fiber types.

Cassette

Available in MPO to MPO or MPO to LC connectors. Configurations range from 8 to 24 LC connectors.

Chassis

Available for mini-cassettes as well as standard cassettes, with 4 to 12 slots.

MPO Loopback

Singlemode or multimode loopbacks are available in male and female configurations in all fiber modes.

Trunk

Single or multimode trunk cables are available in male or female configurations, in 8, 12, 24, 48 and 72 fibers. Available in Type A, B and C polarity.

A

A “straight” cable with the fibers at each end of the connection have the same fiber position. Pin 1 at one end is connected to Pin 1 at the other end.

B

A “crossed” or “reversed” polarity cable, wherethe fiber positions are being reversed between the ends. Pin 1 at one end mapping to Pin 12 at the other end.

C

Cable using pairwise cross – which sends Pin 1 at one end to Pin 2 at the other end (and the reverse Pin 2 to Pin 1). This maintains duplex integrity while still using standard cassettes. This connection method can only be built using rounded cable (not ribbon cable).

Number of fibres

Pre-connected patch cables with 12, 16, 24 or 32 fibers

[BRAND] compatible transceiver guarantees

Pro Optix transceivers come with guaranteed compatibility, designed and manufactured to Multi Source Agreement (MSA) compliance ensuring full [BRAND] compatibility and meeting manufacturer warranty requirements. Pro Optix transceivers come with 3 year or lifetime warranties and are tested and manufactured under ISO conditions.

[SPEED]

10 Gigabit Ethernet Originally introduced in 1980, Ethernet is today the most common protocol used for data communication. In 1995 Fast Ethernet was introduced and Gigabit Ethernet in 1998. Since then, a number of standard for transmission over several types of media have been introduced with the latest standards reaching up to 400 Gbps and further are under development. This optical transceiver supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

[SPEED]

In 2020 the IEEE 802.3ba task force developed the standard for 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100G Ethernet)., with the first commercial deployments in 2011. The development of advanced optical technologies, such as coherent detection and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), played a crucial role in enabling 100G Ethernet over long-distance networks. These technologies increased the capacity and efficiency of fiber optic communications. The first generation of modules were based on 10GbE. Second generation were based on 4x25 GbE. Third generation 2x50GbE and Fourth generation 100GbE-based.

[SPEED]

Fibre Channel is a protocol typically used in data centers to connect data storage to servers and switches in a storage area network (SAN) where increased security, reliability and excellent performance is required. Originally devised to run over fiber optic cables it is also able to run over copper cabling. It supports data rates of between 1Gbps and 128Gbps. This optical transceiver is a 4G Fibre Channel module provides lossless transmission of large volumes of data at low power consumption.

CWDM and DWDM

There are two types of WDM – Course WDM (CWDM) and Dense WDM (DWDM). CWDM supports up to 9 channels on a single fiber and 18 channels on dual fiber, transmitting up to 80km with a maximum speed of 100 Gbps.

DWDM is higher density and higher bandwidth, for long distance communications (120 km and beyond). DWDM supports 2 to 96 channels on a fiber pair, at speeds of up to 400 Gbps per wavelength.

CWDM and DWDM Channels and Density

CWDM supports up to 9 channels on a single fiber which are spaced at 20nm apart and are located between 1271nm and 1611nm.

DWDM channels are commonly spaced at 0.4nm or 0.8nm apart on the C-band which ranges from 1530nm to 1565nm.

MUX / DEMUX

CWDM and DWDM transceivers convert electrical signals from host equipment into the different wavelengths needed to transmit over CWDM or DWDM. The Multiplexer (MUX) then takes all the individual wavelengths and transmits them over a single or dual strand of fiber. At the other end, the multiplexer (DEMUX) transfers the wavelengths back to be carried over individual channels. Most WDM multiplexers have both the MUX and DEMUX facility.

Multiplexer Density

The higher the density WDM multiplexing solution, the more channels you can fit into a single 1U chassis, and the more rack space you will save, and potentially the more channels you can put down a single fiber. A range of Pro Optix multiplexers are available for 18 Channel CWDM at different densities. The Standard Series at standard density, Pro MINI giving next-gen High Density (HD) and the Pro NANO for Ultra High Density (UHD).