March 16, 2009 -- Hitachi Cable, Ltd. announced the upcoming launch of its InfiniGreen line of optical active cables, which will provide 12x QDR (10-Gbit/sec) full-duplex InfiniBand connectivity, billed as "six times more bandwidth than current market solutions." The InfiniGreen is also projected to typically consume only 0.9 Watts per termination, about one third that of existing InfiniBand active cables. The InfiniGreen accomplishes this by embedding parallel optical transmission lines within the cable, which is terminated with the CXP connector currently being standardized by the InfiniBand Trade Association.
"InfiniGreen provides the performance attributes that High Performance Computing (HPC)and data center owners are requesting for the years ahead," comments Lou Marra, senior vice-president of Hitachi Cable America. "It provides the next level of InfiniBand-standards-based connectivity, yet with a power consumption-to-bandwidth ratio reduction of almost 6-fold. It connects to the server just like a copper cable patch-cord, but it is easier to handle, as the embedded fiber optics is less bulky and stiff. This ease-of-handling, together with the reduced power consumption and Hitachi Cable's well-known quality, will significantly reduce our customers' cost".
Hitachi Cable has started to ship samples to select customers. The company will also perform live demonstrations of the InfiniGreen at OFC/NFOEC 2009.