Optical technology is allowing large enterprises to extend Infiniband networks over greater distances, simplifying the spread of high-speed, high-capacity networked storage and delivering power and cooling cost reductions to boot.
The latest development, says the EE Times, comes from XLoom Communications, an Israeli company that recently introduced a new optical module that offers links up to 100 meters, 10 times the reach of standard CX4 copper interconnects.
The AVDAT 4X device fits into a standard CX4 slot and supports four channels of 5 Gbps single-and double data rate Infiniband traffic, as well as 10G Ethernet and Fibre Channel. 10G Infiniband is expected in the near future, the company says.
The system is based on the company's iFlame transceiver, a one-micron MEMs silicon design that features an integrated carrier that is compatible with 12-fiber optical ribbon.
The company is also working on an optical module for cable versions of the 5 GHz PCIe standard, as well as a 12x Infiniband device that would support 100 Gbps Ethernet.