Optical transceiver runs at 10Gbit/sec

Intel has announced what it claims is the world’s first 10-Gbit/sec, small-form-factor optical transceiver for multi-mode fibre networks.

Designed specifically for data centre applications, the Intel TXN17201/9 Multi-Mode XPAK Optical Transceiver offers single-side mounting, less than a four-square-inch footprint and 3.5 W of power consumption, enabling high port density in switches and placement on PCI NICs.

It is hot-pluggable and includes a digital management interface allowing for field configuration, easy setup and remote troubleshooting. With its industry-standard XAUI 4-bit parallel electrical interface, the TXN17201/9 transceiver connects directly to readily available Ethernet and Fibre Channel ICs.

The TXN17201/9 transceiver is currently sampling and will be generally available in January 2003. Production volume pricing is $500.

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