Tripp Lite’s New Active Optical Cables Support the Interconnection of 100 G Equipment over Long Distances
Provide Next-Generation Performance in a Single Affordable High-Density Cable
Chicago, IL (January 7, 2019)—Tripp Lite, a world-leading manufacturer of IT and connectivity solutions, has expanded its network cable selection with high-speed Active Optical Cables (AOCs) for connecting 100 Gbps or 40 Gbps switches and routers. The new cables are engineered to satisfy the needs of bandwidth-intensive environments, such as data centers, high-end server rooms and enterprise wiring closets. AOCs provide next-generation performance for point-to-point connections at distances longer than is possible with direct-attach cables (DACs).
Tripp Lite’s AOCs are available in two series. The N28H-series QSFP28 cables connect compatible switches, servers and other networking equipment at speeds up to 100 Gbps. The N28F-series QSFP+ cables connect compatible 40 Gbps devices.
“With global IP traffic growing because of the Internet of Things, cloud computing and other bandwidth-intensive applications, data center administrators need cost-efficient solutions for connecting faster network equipment,” said David Posner, Tripp Lite’s Director of Product Marketing, Connectivity. “AOCs include a fiber-optic data link built into each connector that provides an alternative to more costly optical transceivers. The result is a high-performance product at a more competitive price.”
Along with the speed needed for high-bandwidth applications, these cables also deliver ease of installation. Ergonomic push-pull tab connectors provide quick connections or disconnections using one hand, even in hard-to-reach spaces. Installation is hot-pluggable to minimize network disruptions during upgrades or replacements. A plenum-rated OFNP jacket enables Tripp Lite’s AOCs to be used to connect network components in drop ceilings, walls and ducts.
Another advantage of the AOCs is energy efficiency: they consume less power than optical transceivers. In addition, they are not susceptible to electromagnetic interference that can corrupt data.