Agilent Launches Tri-rate SFP Fiber Optic Transceiver Modules

5/21/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced two new small form factor pluggable (SFP) fiber optic transceiver modules for Fibre Channel storage networks and Enterprise networks. The new Agilent devices offer tri- and multi-rate operation and include the SFF-8472 MSA-compliant digital diagnostic interface. This interface provides real-time monitoring of the transceivers temperature, supply voltage, laser bias current, transmitted optical power and received optical power. It quickly isolates faults to specific locations in the fiber optics link to simplify maintenance and enhance system reliability.

The Agilent HFBR-57M5AP tri-rate SFP transceiver was designed to provide a cost-effective, high-performance solution for 2.125 and 1.0625 GBd Fibre Channel, and 1.25 GBd Ethernet applications. The device's tri-rate operation enables OEMs to consolidate part numbers, using one device for multiple applications. The device is ideally suited for supplying the optical interface to Fibre Channel fabric and director class switches, storage array controllers, RAID and tape drives, and it meets the emerging multi-protocol requirements of the Enterprise and Metro markets.

The Agilent HFBR-57L5AP multi-rate SFP was designed for 1.0625 GBd Fibre Channel and 1.25 GBd Ethernet applications. The device is targeted at Enterprise switches, such as layer 2 and 3 Ethernet switches, host bus adapters, and multi-protocol edge routers for metropolitan networks.

The Agilent HFBR-57M5AP and HFBR-57L5AP SFP transceivers offer extended operating temperature and voltage specifications, and include a bail de-latch mechanism that eases the process of unplugging the transceiver. Their extended operating temperature range reduces the need for system cooling, and their extended operating voltage simplifies board layout and power supply design.

"Our new tri-rate transceiver and digital diagnostics feature demonstrates Agilent's ability to deliver the leading-edge features our customers require and reinforces our position as the worldwide leader in fiber optic transceivers," said Tom Fawcett, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products. "We offer the industry's broadest portfolio of fiber optic transceivers and a high-volume manufacturing capability that has enabled one-stop shopping for our storage, enterprise and metropolitan network customers."

The Agilent SFP transceivers are "hot-pluggable," meaning they can be inserted or removed from a board without shutting off power. This benefit is critical to the storage network switch environments that cannot afford system downtime for online transaction processing applications. Agilent customers can add fiber optic ports, replace fiber optic transceivers, and scale their systems when needed without interrupting network services. Additionally, this helps to reduce inventory costs by allowing units to be stocked without optical transceivers.

Designed for multimode applications up to 550 meters, Agilent's SFP fiber optic transceivers operate at 3.3V +/-10 percent and are supplied in the industry-standard SFP package with the LC-Duplex connector. The transceivers use 850 nm VCSEL lasers and offer an extended operating temperature range of -10 C to +85 C. Superior electromagnetic emissions (EMI) performance aids customers in complying with Federal Communications Commission standards.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent HFBR-57M5AP is priced at $55 and the HFBR-57L5AP is priced at $49 each in moderate volume orders. Both SFP fiber optic transceivers are immediately available through Agilent's direct sales channel, and through Agilent's worldwide distribution partners. More information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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