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Group Tackles Common Transceiver Spec

19 March 2013

Electronics companies’ drive toward differentiation often comes at the cost of interoperability between devices, which is why five tech companies are banding together to develop a common transceiver specification.

Avago Technologies, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., JDS Uniphase Corp., Molex Inc. and TE Connectivity are entering into a multi-source agreement (MSA) to create the CDFP 400 Gbps form-factor pluggable industry consortium. The group will define a transceiver module/plug mechanical form factor and a host-board electrical edge connector and cage.

The new CDFP MSA is intended to encourage the development and commercialization of a 400-Gbps hot pluggable module that integrates 16 transmit and 16 receive channels supporting passive and active copper cables, and active optical modules.

The CDFP MSA participants desire to provide products that are mechanically and electrically interchangeable. The project scope will specify the electrical interfaces, optical interfaces and mechanical interfaces, which may include optical connector and mating fiber optic cable plug, electrical connector, guide rail, front panel and host PCB layout requirements. Additionally, the MSA specification is expected to include thermal, electromagnetic and electrostatic discharge design recommendations.

Requests for additional information and queries may be directed to the consortium website:

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