Still more advanced networking news coming out the Supercomputing 2007 show in Reno, Nev.: Finisar Corp. has developed what it calls the first serial 10 Gbps active optical cable.
The Laserwire family is designed to accelerate 10 GbE connectivity using a high-density electrical connector coupled with 10 GbE adapter modules that connects to existing tranceiver ports. The wire is intended for high-density applications and cluster configurations using 48-port, 1U switches. It also works with LAN on motherboard (LOM) designs.
The company is betting that enterprises will be more apt to switch from copper to lighter, more flexible fiber as 10 Gb servers become more popular. Fiber can also span greater distances and is less power-hungry than copper. Finisar says its Laserwire draws 95 percent less power that 10GBase-T solutions, with less heat dissipation and lower cooling requirements.
The first Laserwire installations are scheduled for early 2008.