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Finisar Launches Active Optical Cable for 56 Gb/s InfiniBand, 64Gb/s Fibre Channel

SEATTLE, Nov. 14  -- Finisar Corporation, a leading provider of active cables that accelerate storage, networking, and high-performance computing connectivity, today announced the commercial availability of its Quadwire FDR active optical cable. The Quadwire FDR cable provides high-bandwidth performance with 4 lanes at 14 Gb/s per lane in a standard QSFP+ form factor and is ideally suited for InfiniBand 4xFDR and 4x16x Fibre Channel applications. Finisar will provide a live Quadwire FDR cable demonstration and display its complete portfolio of active cable products at booth #2634 at the 24th annual SC Conference 2011 this week in Seattle, Washington.

As the speed of supercomputing clusters continues to accelerate, the high performance computing (HPC) and datacenter markets demand higher speed interconnections to support the increasing bandwidth needs. These FDR active optical cables use 14 Gb/s vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) technology to provide this next level of data throughput. The FDR active optical cables are compact, lightweight and flexible to support very high-density deployments.

"The commercial availability of our Quadwire FDR cable illustrates our strong commitment to providing leading InfiniBand cable technology in the growing HPC and datacenter markets," said Steffen Koehler, product line manager at Finisar. "Leveraging our unmatched expertise and vertical integration in optics technology we provide active optical cable solutions that address bandwidth and link-distance challenges that cannot be supported by existing copper cables."

At SC11, Finisar will also display its complete family of active cables including Laserwire for 10GbE, Quadwire for 40GbE and InfiniBand QDR, and C.wire for 100GbE and InfiniBand QDR. Visit Finisar's booth #2634 to find out how it exploits fiber optic technology to decrease weight and power consumption while improving the density and reach of data transmission relative to traditional copper solutions.

The Quadwire FDR cable is available now by contacting For more information about Finisar's cable products, visit or send an email to For information about SC11, visit

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit Stay up to date with Finisar by reading the Lightspeed blog and following us on Twitter and Facebook.


Source: Finisar Corp.

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