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Finisar Produces Industry's First InfiniBand FDR Active Optical Cable

The firm says it has developed the first device of this kind, which employs 14 Gb/s VCSEL technology, for use in HPC and 16X fibre channel applications. Finisar will demonstrate the product at the annual SC10 conference in New Orleans between 15 & 18 November 2010.

 Finisar Corporation, a leading provider of active cables which accelerate storage, networking, and high-performance computing connectivity, will demonstrate the industry's first InfiniBand FDR active optical cable.

The high-speed Quadwire FDR cable will transmit 56 Gb/s data across four lanes of traffic at 14 Gb/s each. The demonstration will take place at Finisar's booth #4738 at SC10, the annual conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, held November 15-18, 2010 in New Orleans.

As the performance speed of supercomputing clusters continues to accelerate, the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Datacenter markets demand higher speed interconnections to support the increasing bandwidth needs. These FDR active optical cables use 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.

"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. "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."

Finisar will also have on display at SC10 its complete family of active cables including Laserwire for 10GbE, Quadwire for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR, and C.wire™ for 100GbE and InfiniBand QDR. Visit Finisar's booth #4738 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.

Finisar is a global provider of fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. 
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