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Last time we gave an overview of what a transceiver is, and why there are so many different kinds.  One of the simplest ways they are differentiated is by what ‘form factor’ they are.  Please understand that form factors aren’t like a ‘cola war’ where one form factor wins out over another, but rather the result of ‘user groups’ that start to define what they want to see from the network devices in terms of ... Read More
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Here at Champion ONE, we specialize in transceivers. Hopefully, that’s obvious to all that have perused our site, even casually! As experts in the field, we’ve innovated and developed solutions that solve specific engineering issues while continuing to comply with the industry standards that govern these products.We’ve posted some blogs about how and why our customers use Champion ONE, but in the next few blogs, we’re going to talk about transceivers themselves, and why there are so many different varieties. The goal is to have the reader understand how we classify the different transceivers we offer, and what to look for when qualifying a solution for a deployment or standardization in your ... Read More
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Last time, we talked about what a third-party component was. This post is going to describe what GREY MARKET means, as it relates to equipment, and why it matters.What are “grey market” Transceivers?This brings us to the subject of ‘grey market’ products. Grey market is a shady area (no pun intended) and it covers a wide spectrum of product types. Here’s a quick primer on why Champion ONE is NOT a grey-market solution: First off, “grey market” can designate a used part. It was once sold as new from the platform OEM or a distributor of the OEM’s products, but now it’s been in the field. Maybe a company went out of business ... Read More
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Champion ONE is a leading provider of OEM compatible or third-party opticaltransceivers and passives.However, the term “third party” often gets confused with another concept – grey market – a totally different type of product. This is the first of two blog posts where we’re going to try to explain the differences, and why they matter. What does Third-Party Mean?First off, third-party suppliers exist in all sorts of industries and are typically companies that have a high degree of specialization in their field. Third party comes up most often in technical areas. For example, software developers create programs that ca... Read More
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Champion ONE has offered pluggable optics or TRANSCEIVERS to a variety of customer types since the early 2000’s. And since we began offering this product line, we’ve ensured that our products are 100% compliant with the MSA. Of course, the first question is: what does “MSA” stand for? MSA – An overview MSA stands for “Multi-Source Agreement”, and it is a document that provides the ‘common’ or ‘internationally compatible’ specifications for systems manufacturers, system integrators, and suppliers, so that they can build both the transceivers and the... Read More
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Why fiber?

5/19/2011 2:51 PM

Champion ONE is a company that specializes in fiber optic components for datacom and telecom networks. Fiber optics is fairly common in the networking world, but there’s still some question to ‘why’ it’s used. I figured it would be helpful to list some of the ‘bullet points’ of what makes fiber optics a better solution for modern networks. This isn’t meant to be a primer on the technology of electrical versus optical transmission, but a few of those concepts are important when discussing the benefits of fiber. Copper wire uses electrical signal – pulses – in the forms of high or low voltage or current levels. And as you increase the ... Read More
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Dee-Bee….Um?

4/10/2011 2:52 PM

Math can be a pain.  Even for engineers, who tend to deal with it more than the average person.  So, whenever there is an opportunity for an easier way to figure something out, it’s usually welcomed with open arms by engineers, who would much rather put their brainpower towards more important endeavors than long division. The subject at hand is the ever-present, but often misunderstood DECIBEL.  Most folks who’ve dealt with fiber optics, or anything dealing with large power level variations have seen that little “dB” symbol after numbers in spec sheets as well as reports.  We’re going to shed some light on what this means, and why, with a little explanation, you too can take the easy way out! The Decibel&he... Read More
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FLEC!

1/4/2011 2:53 PM

As an engineer, I’ve found that there’s no limit to the amount of acronyms, jargon, and ‘tech-speak’ that can come out of any sector of technology.  I’ve also found that the ability to translate all of this into something that makes sense to someone NOT familiar with the field can be daunting.  In product and technology training sessions, I find that I’m often reminding people to define their terms, as well as ASK for definitions from those that are talking to them.  Otherwise, there’s no real hope for anyone to understand exactly what’s going on, or what can be done about it. One of the techniques that I learned VERY early on in my career was the use of mnemonic devices.  For those not familiar with the term, a mnemonic device (or simply mnemonic) is a learning technique that helps one remember what they’ve learned.  I’ve come up with BUNCHES of these through the years…but one that h... Read More
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