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Tripp Lite’s New Active Optical Cables Support the Interconnection of 100 G Equipment over Long Distances
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019


Tripp Lite’s New Active Optical Cables Support the Interconnection of 100 G Equipment over Long Distances

Provide Next-Generation Performance in a Single Affordable High-Density Cable

Chicago, IL (January 7, 2019)—Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of IT and connectivity solutions, has expanded its network cable selection with high-speed Active Optical Cables (AOCs) for connecting 100 Gbps or 40 Gbps switches and routers. The new cables are engineered to satisfy the needs of bandwidth-intensive environments, such as data centers, high-end server rooms and enterprise wiring closets. AOCs provide next-generation performance for point-to-point connections at distances longer than is possible with direct-attach cables (DACs).

Tripp Lite’s AOCs are available in two series. The N28H-series QSFP28 cables connect compatible switches, servers and other networking equipment at speeds up to 100 Gbps. The N28F-series QSFP+ cables connect compatible 40 Gbps devices.

“With global IP traffic growing because of the Internet of Things, cloud computing and other bandwidth-intensive applications, data center administrators need cost-efficient solutions for connecting faster network equipment,” said David Posner, Tripp Lite’s Director of Product Marketing, Connectivity. “AOCs include a fiber-optic data link built into each connector that provides an alternative to more costly optical transceivers. The result is a high-performance product at a more competitive price.”

Along with the speed needed for high-bandwidth applications, these cables also deliver ease of installation. Ergonomic push-pull tab connectors provide quick connections or disconnections using one hand, even in hard-to-reach spaces. Installation is hot-pluggable to minimize network disruptions during upgrades or replacements. A plenum-rated OFNP jacket enables Tripp Lite’s AOCs to be used to connect network components in drop ceilings, walls and ducts.

Another advantage of the AOCs is energy efficiency: they consume less power than optical transceivers. In addition, they are not susceptible to electromagnetic interference that can corrupt data.

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“These AOCs are ideal where large numbers of cables are used to interconnect switches and high-end network equipment, particularly when a leaf-and-spine architecture is used,” said Mr. Posner. “In addition to providing a longer run, they are lightweight and easier to handle than direct-attach copper cables.”

The new cables are available in lengths of 1 meter to 30 meters. Custom lengths are also configurable to meet the user’s specifications.


Key Features of Tripp Lite’s 100 Gbps QSFP28 Active Optical Cabling

  • Complies with industry standard SFF-8636 QSFP28 Transceiver Specifications and IEEE 802.3bm
  • Engineered to meet or exceed 100GBASE-SR4 standards
  • Four full-duplex channels with data rates up to 25 Gbps per lane
  • Multi-platform support for 100 G Ethernet, Fiber Channel, PCIe and InfiniBand EDR (4x25G) and QDR (4x10G)
  • Compatibility with all QSFP and QSFP+ ports
  • Four reliable independent 850nm VCSEL-based transmitters per connector
  • Hot pluggable with ergonomic pull-tabs for quick, easy connections or disconnections in tight or hard-to-reach spaces
  • Die-cast zinc connectors offer reduced crosstalk and superior resistance to electromagnetic interference
  • Available in lengths from 1 m to 30 m, with a jacket rated for plenum use

Get more information about Tripp Lite’s full line of fiber network cables at tripplite.com.