Active optical module

Active Optical Module

Active Optical Module

Meritec, in collaboration with Reflex Photonics, developed a compact and rugged 40 Gbps E/O media convertor meeting ANSI/VITA 76 standard. The module provides a simple solution to upgrade the reach of high speed electrical signals by converting to optical. Error-free transmission at 40 Gbps I/O density  over a 100 m was verified in harsh environmental conditions.
The electrical interface uses a size 17 circular shell, while the optical interface is a 12 fiber MT optical ferrule housed in a size 11 circular shell. The length of the media converter is only 7 cm.

Quote from Meritec

The VITA 76 standard defines a high bandwidth copper I/O connector system that consists of bulkhead-receptacles and cable-end-plugs. The bulkhead receptacle is a connector meeting the MIL-DTL-38999M, Series III circular shell requirements. This new development is about a small form cable end plug which convert electrical RF signals from the copper interface to optical signals using a LightABLE SR4 transceiver from Reflex Photonics.

Benefits of using optical transceivers

  • Convert RF signals to optical signals
  • Compact (7 cm) and ruggedized 40 Gbps E/O media convertor using ANSI/VITA 76 approved standard.
  • Data transmission over a distance of 100 m with a bit error rate (BER) better than 10-13 and a wide open eye diagram.
  • The Active Optical Module offers a 4 transmit, 4 receive parallel lane full duplex optical transceiver each lane carrying a 10 Gbps signal.
  • This device is fully qualified for harsh environment applications and operates under industrial temperature range.
  • With all 8 lanes activated it consumes only 1.8 W.

Learn more about the Active Optical Module from Meritec

Module or transceiver used in this application

LightABLE LH SR4 embedded transceivers