Agilent Technologies Debuts 10 Gb/s Optical Transceiver Family

3/1/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a complete family of 10 Gb/s Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and SONET/SDH fiber optic transceivers for enterprise, storage and metro networks. Agilent's new 10 Gb XENPAK, X2 and XFP MSA-compliant fiber optic transceivers cover all major physical media device types and link distances, and are hot-pluggable. These new transceivers also offer industry-leading optical, electrical, thermal and digital diagnostics performance.

Agilent's new 10 Gb/s fiber optic transceivers provide comprehensive coverage and superior performance for the fast-growing number of 10 Gb applications in enterprise storage and metro networking equipment. These versatile transceiver form factors allow customers to scale port densities from high-end multiport routers and switches to single-port network interface cards and host bus adapters.

"Agilent was instrumental in the development of all three 10 Gb MSAs and is now rolling out a large portfolio of high-performance XENPAK, X2 and XFP fiber optic transceivers, all backed by the assurance of supply and quality our customers have come to expect," said Tom Fawcett, worldwide marketing manager for Agilent's Fiber Optic Products Division. "As the world's number-one supplier of fiber optic transceivers, we are globally positioned to advise customers in their next-generation 10 Gb designs, and to ramp volume as their needs dictate."

Agilent's new 10 Gb/s devices include a range of 10 km to 40 km solutions, all qualified to Telecordia GR.468. The company is also leading a broad industry effort to create a short-reach optical standard for 10 Gb/s transmission over 220 meters of FDDI-grade multimode fiber. This fiber is used extensively in enterprise building backbones and campus connections. Agilent expects to migrate this technology to its XENPAK, X2 and XFP platforms. The company is demonstrating multimode XENPAK samples at the OFC Conference.

Agilent's XENPAK 10 Gb Ethernet portfolio includes the following fiber optic transceiver modules:

X2 Family
Agilent's X2 10 Gb portfolio includes the following fiber optic transceiver modules:

XFP Family
Agilent's XFP 10 Gb portfolio includes the following fiber optic transceiver modules:

The HFCT-701XB and HFCT-701XBD (10 km) XENPAK fiber optic transceivers are available now through Agilent's direct sales channel. A 220-meter multimode fiber XENPAK version is sampling to select customers, and is expected to be released once the IEEE specification is stable. The HFCT-703XBD (40 km) XENPAK is sampling now.

The HFCT-701X2D (Ethernet) X2, HFCT-721X2D (Fibre Channel) X2, HFCT-711XPD (SONET/SDH, Ethernet, Fibre Channel) XFP, and HFCT-721XPD (Ethernet, Fibre Channel) XFP are sampling now, with broad availability expected in mid-2004. Both variants are available in lopak, midpak and hipak form factor versions.

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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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