Advantages of Active Optical Cables

In our previous video, we explained how direct attach cables, or DACs, can help you reduce the cost of switch-to-switch and switch-to-server connections, and make turning up new connections faster and easier. But… what if you need to go a bit farther? Or, maybe you need to connect in a tight space, where bulky copper cables won’t fit? Or maybe you need to eliminate electromagnetic interference on your cables? We at Champion ONE can help you with these challenges too.

The solution is Active Optical Cables or AOCs. Like our DACs, AOCs consist of two transceivers connected by a cable, giving you a plug-and-play solution that speeds up deployment and reduces the need for time-consuming troubleshooting, cleaning, and maintenance. Instead of plugging a separate cable into multiple optics, you only need one programmed and factory-tested part!

Multimode Fiber Cables

However, unlike copper DACs, AOCs use multimode fiber cables, which are thinner, lighter, and have a tighter bend radius than the copper cables used in DACs. Also, while DACs top out at about 15 meters, multimode fiber AOCs can help you reach up to one hundred meters!active optical cables bend radius

Lower Power Consumption

AOCs also offer lower power consumption than traditional optics and structured fiber cabling, making them a cost-effective alternative, especially at lower data rates.

AOCs offer speeds of 10G, 25G, all the way up to 400G in industry-standard form factors: SFP+, SFP28, QSFP+, QSFP+ Breakout, QSFP56, QSFP28, and QSFP28 Breakout, and QSFP-DD.

active optical cables from Champion ONE come in speeds up to 400G and standard form factors

In-House Testing and Vendor Compatibility

Our AOCs are 100% programmed and tested by experts in our extensive in-house lab to guarantee compatibility in your network environment. We offer a wide range of TAA-compliant AOCs as well, ideal for federal government networks.

Need guaranteed compatibility when connecting two different equipment manufacturers? No problem! Champion ONE has developed thousands of standard and custom programming configurations for multi-vendor compatibility that can be ordered and delivered very quickly. So if you need to connect, say, a Cisco switch to an Intel network interface card, or a Juniper switch to an HP server, or any other combination, we’ve got you covered.

For more information on our complete line of Active Optical Cables, call your Champion ONE Fiber Optic Connectivity Expert today at 216-584-9807.

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