16 November 2010
Finisar demos first InfiniBand FDR active optical cable
Fiber-optic communications component and subsystem maker Finisar Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA says that at this week’s annual SuperComputing (SC10) conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis in New Orleans (15–18 November) it is demonstrating the industry’s first InfiniBand FDR active optical cable. The high-speed Quadwire FDR cable will transmit 56Gb/s data across four lanes of traffic at 14Gb/s each.
As the performance speed of supercomputing clusters continues to accelerate, the high-performance computing (HPC) and data-center markets demand higher-speed interconnections to support the increasing bandwidth needs, says Finisar. The firm’s FDR active optical cables use 14Gb/s vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (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.
“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,” says Christian Urricariet, director of marketing for high-speed optics.
At SC10, Finisar is also displaying its complete family of active cables, including Laserwire for 10GbE, Quadwire for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR, and C.wire for 100GbE and InfiniBand QDR.