The Taxonomy of Transceivers Part One: Overview

Taxonomy of transceivers part one

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 deployment or standardization in your network. Much like biology, there is a taxonomy (or classification) system that can be talked about. This blog is an introduction to the ways we partition transceiver offerings.
So, what makes one transceiver different from another? There are all these acronyms for the different types we have – and then there are all these different subcategories. The following is a list of the characteristics we use:

  • Form Factor
  • Data Rate
  • Protocol Support
  • Rated Distance/Optical Link Budget
  • Intended Fiber Type
  • Connector
    • Count
    • Type
  • Wavelength
  • Operating Temperature Range

Quite a few ‘options’ there, eh? That’s because as network requirements change and increase, the type of transceiver needed must often change to support it.  As our customer’s networks expand and change, our product offering must find more ways to solve existing engineering problems, while still providing legacy support.

Next time, we’ll dive into the wonderful world of form factors, and how they are linked to what data rates and protocols are supported.

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