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Nov 29th, 2013
Finisar broadens optical interconnect portfolio at Supercomputing 2013
25G building blocks are based on VCSEL emitters.
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Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) introduced a broadened portfolio of products for supercomputing interconnects. These products utilize 10G, 14G, and 25G building blocks common across the portfolio and leverage Finisar's strong leadership in high-performance and reliable optics technology.

These products support a wide variety of protocols, including InfiniBand, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS and PCIe. The complete optics portfolio will be on display in Finisar's booth #3608 at Supercomputing 2013 (SC13) in Denver, Colorado from November 18-21, 2013.

Finisar's 25G-enabled products include enhancements to the established Quadwire® and C.wire® active optical cables, Board-mounted Optical Assemblies (BOA) and QSFP28 transceivers. These products support the latest InfiniBand EDR and 100G Ethernet protocols, enabling the fastest applications in HPC.

The 10G/14G-enabled products include SFPwire®, Quadwire®, and C.wire® active optical cables, as well as SFP+, QSFP+ and CXP transceivers. These products are designed for InfiniBand QDR/FDR, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS, and PCIe protocols, providing the industry's most reliable optical communication links.

These products utilize Finisar's core technology components including VCSELs, photodiodes, and ICs. Leveraging a common set of building blocks shortens development times and improves manufacturing efficiency. In addition, Finisar's active optical cables offer a lightweight, more compact solution than traditional copper cables.

During SC13 this week, Finisar will demonstrate its suite of 25G building blocks in an optical engine form factor, Finisar's 25G Board-mounted Optical Assembly (BOA). The BOA provides exceptionally low power and the highest density optical interface for supercomputing interconnects.

The live demonstration will show a 25G BOA connected to a second 25G BOA with integrated CDRs on both transmit and receive channels. Finisar's BOA features the world's fastest VCSEL, previously shown to work at speeds up to 56Gbps. The BOA is currently sampling and is expected to be in full production in early 2014.



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