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XFP Transceiver Module Overview

A transceiver is a device comprising both a transmitter and a receiver which are combined and share common circuitry or a single housing. Transceiver modules are essential in a telecommunication system. There are a lot of fiber optic transceiver modules available in the fiber communications industry. XFP transceiver module is one of the commonly used modules today, and it is a good solution in having a great quality signal delivered. The following text provides some information about XFP transceiver modules. Hope it will help you to have a clear understanding towards XFP transceiver modules.

What Is XFP Transceiver Module?

XFP stands for 10 Gigabit small form factor pluggable. An XFP transceiver module is a hot-swappable and protocol independent optical transceiver typically operating at wavelengths of 850 nm, 1310 nm or 1550 nm. These modules combine transmitter and receiver functions in one compact, flexible, and cost-effective package. It was defined by an industry group in 2002, along with its interface to other electrical components, which is called XFI. The physical dimensions of the XFP transceiver are slightly larger than the original small form-factor pluggable transceiver (SFP). One of the reasons for the increase in size is to allow for on-board heat sinks for more cooling. XFP can be replaced without interrupting the operation of your system. The following picture shows an XFP transceiver module.


Applications of XFP Transceiver Module

XFP transceiver modules are typically used in 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, synchronous optical networking (SONET) at OC-192 rates, synchronous optical networking STM-64, 10 Gbit/s Optical Transport Network (OTN) OTU-2, and parallel optics links. XFP modules are able to function with just a single wavelength or use dense wavelength division multiplexing techniques. Digital diagnostics are included in XFP transceiver modules which can provide management added to the SFF-8472 standard. XFP transceivers are used in datacom and telecom optical links and offer a smaller footprint and lower power consumption than other 10 Gbit/s transponders. XFP modules use an LC fiber connector type to achieve higher density.

Types of XFP Transceiver Module

XFP transceiver modules are available with a variety of transmitter and receiver types, allowing users to select the most appropriate XFP transceiver for their needs. There are four common types of XFP transceiver modules. They are 10GBASE-SR XFP modules, 10GBASE-LR XFP modules, 10GBASE-ER XFP modules, and 10GBASE-ZR XFP modules. 10GBASE-SR XFP transceivers have a wavelength of 850 nm and a maximum transmission distance of 300 m. 10GBASE-LR XFP transceivers have a wavelength of 1310 nm and a transmission distance up to 10 km. Both 10GBASE-ER XFP modules and 10GBASE-ZR XFP modules have a wavelength of 1550 nm, but the maximum transmission distance for 10GBASE-ER XFP modules is up to 40 km, and 10GBASE-ZR XFP modules up to 80 km.

As a professional manufacturer and provider of XFP transceivers, Fiberstore provides a large selection of XFP transceiver modules to meet different needs. These four types of XFP transceivers are available with high quality. And all of those XFP transceivers come with a lifetime advance replacement warranty.

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