Agilent Delivers Gigabit Ethernet over Copper Cable with Transceiver

2/27/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a pluggable transceiver that delivers Gigabit Ethernet data transmissions over commonly installed copper cable, offering a low-cost upgrade path to Gigabit Ethernet.

The new product offers network equipment manufacturers the ability to support small-form factor pluggable (SFP) ports for both optical and copper-based connections, saving cost. This open port architecture allows end users and system integrators to select which transceiver (optical or copper) to install based on customer requirements. For customer sites with commonly installed Category 5 copper cabling, users can now choose to upgrade to gigabit speeds, saving the cost of new cable installation.

The Agilent HBCU-5710R is designed for switch-to-switch interface, switched backplane, and file server interface applications. It supports SFP multisource agreement compliant ports, assuring interoperability with a wide range of equipment. The HBCU-5710R offers 10/100/1000Base-T link operation over 100 meters of Category 5 cabling, an RJ-45 connector, and convenient bail-wire delatch. In addition, the HBCU-5710R provides superior electro-magnetic interference performance, utilizing a metal housing and shielded design.

HBCU-5710R Features
The HBCU-5710R offers the following features:

The HBCU-5710R uses the Marvell Alaska 88E1111 that performs the physical layer (PHY) functions for half- and full-duplex 10BASE-T Ethernet, and half- and full-duplex 100BASE-TX and 1000BASE-T Ethernet on CAT 5 twisted-pair cable. In addition, the Alaska device's low power consumption enables Agilent to deliver best-in-class power dissipation performance.

"As the world leader in fiber-optic transceivers, our customers look to Agilent to offer economical, high-performance solutions," said Tom Fawcett, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "This new product offers a clear value proposition by enabling a low-cost upgrade path to Gigabit Ethernet."

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent HBCU-5710R is available now through Agilent's direct sales channel and through Agilent's worldwide distribution partners. Low-volume pricing for the device is approximately $96.00, with higher volume discounts available. More information about transceiver products 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 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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