Six sign fibre deal

Six sign fibre deal
Steve Bush Six companies have signed a multi-source agreement for the next generation of fibre-optic transceivers. “The establishment of uniform package sizes and pinouts from multiple component suppliers will lower equipment costs,” said an industry analyst. “Previous limited attempts at standardisation, such as FDDI and fibre channel modules, have contributed to fibre-optic market growth. This new agreement is broader.” The companies include divisions of AMP, Hewlett Packard, Lucent Technologies, Nortel, Siemens and Sumitomo. The deal covers ‘half-width’ transceivers, 13.6mm wide, which are being designed to double the number of devices that can be fitted on to a PCB. Today’s standard is 25.4mm.


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