ETL verifies Leviton's 40/100G fiber system

Intertek set up eight different fiber-channel configurations using OM3 and OM4 fiber.

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Leviton Network Solutions recently announced that its Opt-X Unity 40/100G Fiber System has been tested and verified by Intertek Testing Services (ETL) to exceed performance requirements of the 40GBase-SR4 and 100GBase-SR10 standards. Leviton says that the Opt-X system "provides a single, simple connectivity solution that gives data centers a clear migration path to new high-speed applications."

Leviton explained that Intertek tested eight different fiber-channel configurations to assure compliance to the maximum insertion-loss and link-distance requirements specified in the IEEE 802.3ba standard. The channels used all of Leviton's OM3 and OM4 system components, including preterminated MTP trunks, MTP modules, MTP array harnesses and MTP array patch cords. The channels were configured with two, three, four and five mated connector pairs in lengths of 100, 150 and 300 meters, which Leviton says reflects typical data center applications as well as maximum flexibility for 40G or 100G applications. "The five-mated-pair configuration, for example, used two MTP array patch cords, two MTP-MTP modules and 150 meters of OM4 cable," Leviton explained. "All 24-fiber channels were set up and tested as specified in TIA-568-C.0, and tested to the maximum channel insertion loss of 1.9 dB for OM3 and 1.5 dB for OM4 as specified in the IEEE 802.3ba standard."

Dave Mullen, senior product manager of fiber optics for Leviton, said, "Having third-party labs test and verify the performance of our products is important to Leviton as we have set a high standard that our customers expect when purchasing a Leviton solution. The ETL testing validates Leviton's channel performance and assures customers that the Leviton Opt-X Unity solution will support their needs as they migrate to 40G or 100G."

You may be interested in this white paper from Leviton: Are you Ready for 40G and 100G? (registration required to download).

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