September 06, 2012
Avago Technologies Upgrades Versatile Link POF Products for Added Integration and Value
By Madhubanti Rudra
Avago Technologies, an analog interface components vendor, has reportedly enhanced its Versatile Link Plastic Optical Fiber product line-up, which has become an industry-standard for industrial communications and control links for industrial applications.
As a superior alternative to traditional copper cable, Avago POF products, which have no has no metal in their constructions, offer infinite voltage isolation and EMI immunity. According to its maker, POF cable solutions can weigh up to 75 percent less than copper cables, but provides similar or greater performance with a 50 percent tighter bend radius. And all these come at a comparable cost.
In its enhanced version, the Versatile Link POF products integrate digital driver and receiver logic and increases designers’ ability to integrate their designs. This helps in achieving cost-reduction without compromising on performance or circuit isolation. The enhanced product family offers system designers integrated digital logic (TTL) interfaces for both transmitter and receivers, Avago said in a press release.
Integrated circuits within the Versatile Link components manage the translation from electrical-optical signals on both ends. These new products are the first Versatile Link parts to offer 3.3V and 5V power supply options.
The company informed that all of the horizontal package devices are currently available through local Avago sales representative or distributor. The two tilted package devices will be available within the next quarter.
Avago’s analog interface components are widely used in the wireless, wireline and industrial applications. The company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems to approximately 40,000 end customers in four diverse end markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, industrial and
Earlier this year, Avago Technologies announced fiber optic module solutions that enable more efficient switching and greater bandwidth in data centers. This new pluggable, parallel optical QSFP+ eSR4 transceiver was developed as the first module that can address both 40 Gigabit (40G) and 10 Gigabit (10G) Ethernet applications with a verified link distance of 400 meters. The new solution was designed to give data center operators the flexibility to reuse the current 10G wired infrastructure when upgrading to 40G, providing a major cost savings. The Avago QSFP+ eSR4 modules integrate four 10G lanes in each direction to increase bandwidth within a line card by more than three times while using 50 percent less power than that of a one-lane SFP+ module.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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