Optical Transceivers

OPTICAL TRANSCEIVERS

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Get high-quality, multi-coded optical transceivers designed to meet the requirements of high-performance networking ecosystems in all industries.
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A Wide Range of Multi-coded Optical Transceivers

We offer a complete range of multi-coded optical transceivers and support all major form factors, modes, and speeds, including SFP, SFP28, QSFP, QSFP28, QSFP-DD, and OSFP, with data rates from 1G to 800G. Our optical transceivers are used by world-class data centres, hyperscalers, media broadcasters, healthcare organizations, and more, who benefit from our high-quality, ISO9001 and TLA9000 compliant, lifetime warranty-backed, and affordable optical transceivers for high-speed data transmission.

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Optical Transceivers FAQs

What is an Optical Transceiver?
An optical transceiver, also known as a fiber optic transceiver, is a crucial component that facilitates data transmission and reception. It comprises a transmitter and a receiver, both of which utilize fiber optic technology to convert electrical signals into light signals and vice versa. This two-way conversion allows data to be transmitted at high speeds and over long distances with minimal signal loss. Optical transceivers are widely used in networking applications, including data centers, telecommunications, and other industries that rely on efficient data transfer.
Why Were Optical Transceivers Invented?
Optical transceivers were invented to overcome the limitations of traditional copper-based communication systems. Copper wires have inherent signal degradation and interference issues that limit their speed and range. Fiber optic technology, on the other hand, uses light to transmit data, allowing for higher bandwidth and longer transmission distances.
How do Optical Transceivers Work?

Optical transceivers work by converting electrical signals into light signals for transmission over fiber optic cables, and then converting the light signals back into electrical signals upon receipt. They consist of a transmitter and a receiver, both of which are connected to the same fiber optic cable at each end.

The transmitter converts the electrical signals into light signals using a laser or light-emitting diode (LED), which then travels through the fiber optic cable to the receiver. The receiver contains a photodetector that converts light signals received back into electrical signals.

Optical transceivers can operate also at different wavelengths of light, allowing multiple data streams to be transmitted simultaneously over the same fiber optic cable. They also use a variety of modulation techniques to encode data onto the light signals, allowing for higher data rates.

What are the Most Common Types of Optical Transceivers?

Optical transceivers are commonly distinguished by form factor and distance. The following are the most common transceiver form factors available today:

  • OSFP or Octal Small Form Factor Pluggable provides eight high-speed electrical lanes capable of supporting 400Gbps data rates.
  • QSFP or Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable supports up to 1Gbps data rates for each of the four channels available.
  • QSFP28 (100G) or Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable 28 supports up to 100 Gbps data rates. It is capable of up to 28 Gbps data rates, hence the “28” designation.
  • QSFP-DD - or Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable - Double Density supports up to 400 Gbps data rates due to the extra four or eight electrical lanes available.
  • SFP or Enhanced Small Form-factor Pluggable supports 100/1000Mbps Ethernet, Fibre Channel and SONET, among other communication standards.
  • SFP+ or Enhanced Small Form-factor Pluggable Plus is identical to SFP in size, however, is an updated version capable of supporting higher speeds up to 10Gbps.
  • SFP28 or Small Form-Factor Pluggable 28 is the third generation of the SFP interconnect systems capable of 28Gbps data rates, hence the “28” designation.
What Distance Can Optical Transceivers Transmit Signals Over?

There are four standard transceiver types with their respective transmission distances:

  • SR - Short Range, 850nm
  • LR - Long Range, 1310nm
  • ER - Extended Range, 1550nm
  • ZR - Further Extended Reach, 1550nm
What are the benefits of using Optical Transceivers vs Modules With Electrical Connections?

Here are three core benefits of using optical transceivers:

Multi-device Compatibility

Pluggable devices, such as SFP transceivers, are highly compatible with different components and setups across fiber optic and copper channels. They ensure universal compatibility and meet Gigabit standards for all network types, regardless of communication distance. This eliminates the need for new hardware when replacing a transceiver, making communication easier and more efficient.

Greater Communication Distances

SFP transceivers enable data transmission across fiber optic networks using copper wiring or fiber optics. Optical transceiver modules also assist in signal delivery for both short and long-distance communication. 

High Data Rates

Transceivers come with set speeds that affect data transfer rates. Most modules connected to transceivers transfer data at Gigabit per second rates, typically ranging from 1Gbps to 10Gbps. Faster data rates are necessary for mission-critical applications. Pluggable fiber optic transceivers are also universal, flexible, scalable, and affordable, making them valuable to any network.

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