New Converter Provides Flexible Data Centre Connectivity

BICSI Winter Conference, Orlando – February 13, 2012 – Omnitron Systems,  a provider of Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices and media converters, today announced the availability of the new iConverter® XGT+ 10GBASE-T media converter.

The iConverter XGT+ is an IEEE 802.3an compliant 10 Gigabit media converter that provides copper-to-fibre and copper-to-copper media conversion with one 10GBASE-T RJ-45 port and one pluggable transceiver port. Copper-to-fibre conversion is achieved with XFP or SFP+ fibre transceivers, and copper-to-copper conversion is achieved with a CX4 XFP transceiver.


The iConverter XGT+ provides a variety of 10G data centre connectivity solutions, including resolving interface disparities between equipment with 10GBASE-T RJ-45 ports and existing rack servers or switches with fibre optic or CX4 ports.  Architecture changes such as migrating from Top of Rack to End of Row can present cabling challenges when extending network distances from racks of servers.


The XGT+ converts short-reach cabling to single-mode fibre, multimode fiber or CAT-6A cabling (up to 100 meters) to extend distances to servers, switches and patch panels.  For CAT-6A cabling links less than 30 meters, the XGT+ supports 10GBASE-T Short Reach mode.  In this mode, the device conserves energy by reducing power and cooling requirements.


The iConverter XGT+ also supports CWDM and DWDM transceivers to convert 10GBASE-T interfaces to WDM wavelengths. This enables connecting equipment with 10GBASE-T interfaces to multiplexers that expand fiber capacity and transport multiple 10G data channels across existing fibre links.