Omnitron iConverter XG and XG+

iConverter XGThe iConverter XG and XG+ are 10 Gigabit, protocol transparent media converters with two pluggable transceiver ports supporting the three Rs (regeneration, retiming and reshaping). By taking advantage of the wide variety of 10G pluggable transceivers, they can be used as copper-to-fibre converters, fibre mode converters or WDM transponders.

The iConverter XG and XG+ support 100% traffic throughput and have no packet size restrictions. Ultra low packet latency enables high-performance connectivity for data centres and financial networks. All models are protocol transparent within the range of 9.95Gbps to 10.71Gbps or 9.95Gbps to 11.32Gbps, providing interoperability with 10G Ethernet, 10G SONET/SDH, 10G Fibre Channel and 10G OTN (G.709).

Three interface configurations are available: XFP to XFP, XFP to SFP+, and SFP+ to SFP+. Pluggable XFP and SFP+ transceivers can be used for multimode and single-mode applications, supporting short haul distances, long haul distances and WDM fibre links.

The iConverter XG+ supports high-power (power level 4) XFP transceivers and the latest generation of wavelength tunable DWDM XFP transceivers. Utilizing management, the wavelength of a tunable transceiver can be programmed and saved, eliminating the need for external programming equipment.

The iConverter XG and XG+ are available as compact, unmanaged standalone units, or chassis plug-in modules that can be managed with a management module installed in the chassis. The hot-swappable, plug-in modules can be mounted in a variety of chassis with AC and DC power supplies.

Plug-in modules feature full management capabilities, including status reporting, fault detection, threshold violations, loopback functionality and SNMP trap notification. SNMP traps provide link status availability and transceiver threshold alerts.

The standalone iConverter XG and XG+ are unmanaged table top or wall-mount units. The table top model can be DIN rail mounted using an optional DIN-rail mounting kit. Both the table top and the wall-mount models are DC powered and are available with an external AC to DC power adapter, or a terminal connector for DC power.

Built-in loopback functions, on-board status LEDs and link fault propagation modes facilitate easy setup and quick troubleshooting. Pluggable transceiver alarm conditions reported through the digital diagnostic monitoring interface are displayed by the on-board status LEDs or management interface on plug-in modules.

Benefits Include

iConverter XG+

  • Supports MSA power level 4 XFP transceivers
  • Provides management of wavelength tunable XFP transceivers

iConverter XG and iConverter XG+

  • Protocol-transparent 10 Gigabit converter/transponder with ultra-low latency
  • Compatible with 10G Ethernet, 10G SONET/SDH, 10G Fibre Channel and 10G OTN (G.709)
  • Compliant with MSA SFF-8472 and INF-8077i standards
  • Supports Omnitron and third-party pluggable 10 Gigabit transceivers:

SFP+ to SFP+, SFP+ to XFP and XFP to XFP

  • Omnitron transceivers support SFP+ and XFP Digital Diagnostic Monitoring Interface (DDMI) bus
  • Multimode to multimode, multimode to single-mode, and single-mode to single-mode conversion
  • Supports WDM XFPs for transponder applications
  • Built-in loopback mode for installation verification and troubleshooting
  • Link fault detection modes facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting
  • LED displays for immediate visual status of each port
  • Management of the plug-in module is available with the addition of a management module to the chassis
  • SNMP management via NetOutlook® provides monitoring, configuration and fault notification
  • Commercial (0 to 50°C), wide (-40 to 60°C) and extended (-40 to 75°C) temperature ranges
  • Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support

Application Examples

Direct Connect/Fibre Conversion Application

This application shows two 10G switches with SFP+ ports in two different locations. The switches are connected via long-haul, single-mode fibre (>80km) with a pair of iConverter XG 8599-01 (SFP+to XFP) media converters. In the top location, a low-cost SFP+ Direct Attach Cable is used to connect the 10G switch port to the media converter because the distance is within the 10 meter limit of the Direct Attach Cable. In the bottom location, a pair of multimode SFP+ transceivers provide the connectivity between the media converters and the switches.

iConverter XFF Application Example 1

OTN Long-Haul DWDM Application

This application shows three 10G DWDM connections across an OTN network. Three iConverter XG modules with high power XFPs are installed in a 5-Module Chassis and connected with fibre patch cables to DWDM Multiplexer. The iConverter XG modules function as fibre repeaters and wavelength transponders. The high-power XFPs perform Forward Error Correction on the incoming signal, then amplify and reencapsulate the outbound OTN signal.


iConverter XG Application Example 2

iConverter XG+ and Tunable Transceivers

Tunable XFP transceivers are configurable to support a specific channel in a DWDM optical network. Tunable XFPs allow network operators to remotely change wavelengths (channel paths) when they need to redistribute bandwidth, or reconfigure/upgrade traffic patterns and services.

The iConverter XG+ management system supports the configuration of these tunable XFPs. When the XG+ is used in conjunction with an iConverter management module, it provides a user interface that allows the network operator to change the DWDM channel of the transceiver, eliminating the need to be physically on-site with external programming equipment.

In addition to changing the DWDM channel by specifying the wavelength or the transceiver-specific channel ID, the DWDM channel can be selected by inputting the industry-accepted ITU channel number.

Using tunable transceivers not only ensures quick responses to changes in network topology, it also lowers OpEx and CapEx by reducing truck rolls and eliminating up to hundreds of fixed wavelength DWDM XFP transceivers from spares inventory.

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