PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that it is developing2.5-gigbits-per-second, small-form-factor (SFF) fiber-optic transceivers for Sonet/SDH short
reach and intermediate reach links.
The new transceivers, compliant with the ATM Forum 2488 physical layer specifications, are Agilent's first SFF transceivers at this speed. The new devices are designed to increase port density for next-generation terabit routers. Sampling is expected to begin in mid-year.
"Agilent is currently the leader in SFF fiber-optic transceivers, and is also a leading supplier of 2.5-Gbits/s transceivers with its SC-duplex line," said David Knights, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Communications Division. "We intend to combine these strengths to become the leader in the SFF 2.5-Gb/s market."
Agilent has been shipping its HFCT-5402D OC-48 SR transceiver with SC duplex fiber connectors since December 1998, and laser-based SFF transceivers since January 1999.
The SFF 2.5Gb/s products will be delivered with LC connectors. "Agilent has the most advanced manufacturing engine in the fiber-optic market," said Knights. "Our customers expect us to provide cost-effective solutions for high-volume applications. Until now, our customer base has asked us for MT-RJ products, and we have assumed the leadership role in that area. At OC-48 data rates, our customers are requesting LC-based products, and, as volumes grow, we intend to take the leadership position in this market as well."
Agilent expects to offer the new OC-48 IR transceiver at a price equal to or below the prevailing price of SR SC-Duplex transceivers, which are currently about $600 in high volumes. The SFF SR products will cost less.