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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 17, 2010

Finisar to Demonstrate InfiniBand FDR Active Optical Cable

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

Finisar Corporation, a provider of active cables that accelerate storage, networking and high-performance computing connectivity, is set to demonstrate the industry's first InfiniBand FDR active optical cable at Finisar's booth at SC10, the annual conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis being held through Thursday, Nov. 18, in New Orleans.

The high-speed Quadwire FDR cable, which uses 14 Gb/s VCSEL technology to provide the next level of data throughput in the form of a compact, lightweight and flexible optical cable suitable to support those very high-density deployments, will transmit 56 Gb/s data across four lanes of traffic at 14 Gb/s each.

High Performance Computing (HPC) and data center markets are increasing their demand for higher speed interconnections to support the increasing bandwidth needs, since the performance speed of supercomputing clusters is accelerating.

“We are extremely proud to be leading the way in active optical cable technology by demonstrating the industry's first InfiniBand FDR active optical cable," said Christian Urricariet, director of marketing for high-speed optics at Finisar, in a statement. "This product leverages our expertise in optics technology to provide a timely solution to the bandwidth and link distance requirements which cannot be supported by copper cables."

In addition to the FDR active optical cable, Finisar will also display its complete family of active cables including Laserwire for 10GbE, Quadwire for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR, and C.wire  for 100GbE and InfiniBand QDR, at SC10. You can visit Finisar's booth to find out how it leverages fiber optic technology for the transmission of data while reducing the latency, weight, density, and power consumption of traditional copper solutions.

The InfiniBand FDR active optical cable is another big achievement for Finisar Corporation which is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications.

Rahul Arora is a TMCnet contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf