A fiber fanout cable assembly supporting the interoperability of 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch ports and 10 GbE server ports is now available from the 3M Electronic Solutions Division. The first-of-its-kind, 3M Active Optical Cable Assembly for QSFP+ Cable FDR DAC to SFP+ Applications incorporates industry-leading VCSEL and 3M light-engine technologies to deliver exceptional cost and performance value for data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.The QSFP+ Cable consist of a cable assembly terminated with QSFP+ transceivers on either end. If you use the QSFP+ Cable as the data plane connection between Node device, the interface is automatically configured to operate at 40 Gbps. If you use the QSFP+ Cable to interconnect a QFX3600 Node device with another device, the interface is automatically configured to operate as four 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces over one cable.
3M Electronic Solutions Division has unveiled an active optical cable for applications requiring interoperability of 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE) switch ports and 10 GbE server ports. The fiber fanout cable assembly is the first for QSFP+ Cable applications, the company asserts.The active optical cable leverages VCSEL and 3M light-engine technologies,IBM System Networking which the company believes will help the cable find use in data centers and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.The hybrid active optical cable assembly transitions a single QSFP+ Cable port with four parallel channels to four individual, single-channel SFP+ ports in top-of-rack (ToR) applications. As the fanout assembly supports direct-attach transitions at a one-to-four QSFP+ Cable ratio, more 40 GbE uplinks can be deployed in these applications, 3M says.