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Optical Fiber Small Form Factor Receivers

Roy Timpe, P.E.

Ever look at a data center and see the large racks of equipment with optical fiber running between them? Ever wonder how you can stream video and movies over the Internet at reasonable prices? This has been made possible by the great reduction of the cost of data transmission, largely due to fiber optics. The goal is to familiarize the reader with some of the issues with SFP+ (enhanced small form factor pluggable) transceivers. The SFF-8431 specification is discussed with emphasis on the electrical versions of the optical signals described in the IEEE 802.3aq standard for 10GBASE-LRM. It would be helpful that the reader have some familiarity with serial data communication, and the concepts of semiconductor laser, detectors, and modulators. This course builds on E465, however, if the reader has familiarity with basic serial communication, it is not necessary to have taken E465. Laser safety is also introduced as it applies to these fiber optic systems.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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