Omnitron iConverter xFF Industrial

iConverter XFF (Large)The iConverter xFF is an industrial protocol-transparent media converter and transponder that is available as a compact, unmanaged standalone unit or a managed chassis plug-in module. The iConverter xFF provides reliable and cost-effective conversion between different wavelengths, multimode and single-mode, and dual and single-fibre.

The iConverter xFF operates as a protocol and rate-transparent device, supporting Small Form Pluggable (SFP) transceivers with data rates from 1Mbps to 8.50Gbps. The xFF supports a variety of network protocols, including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16), 1x/2x/4x/8x Fibre Channel and Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI).

The iConverter xFF supports multimode and single-mode dual fibre; and single-mode single-fibre SFP transceivers. SFPs allow adaptability to different fibre types, distances and wavelengths, providing maximum flexibility across a variety of network architectures and topologies. The xFF media converter can utilize a variety of SFPs for different wavelengths and distances, reducing costs and simplifying inventories.

SFP transceivers enable the xFF to operate as a Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) transponder, which converts an optical signal from legacy fibre equipment to a specific CWDM wavelength. CWDM technology increases the bandwidth capacity of the fibre infrastructure by overlaying multiple signals, each using a different wavelength, over an existing fibre link.

There is no configuration required with the plug-and-play iConverter xFF. Connect the fibre cables to the appropriate interface and the installation is complete.

The xFF features user-selectable Link Propagate and Remote Fault Detection modes to facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting.

The hot-swappable, plug-in module can be mounted in a 19 or 5-Module chassis with any combination of redundant DC power supplies. It can also be mounted in a 2-Module DC powered chassis, or in a 1-Module chassis with DC power input.

The standalone iConverter xFF is an unmanaged wall-mount unit. 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.

Benefits Include

  • Extended operating temperature range of -40° to 75°C
  • Supports Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET (OC-3/12/48), SDH (STM-1/4/16) and 1x/2x/4x/8x Fibre Channel applications
  • Supports Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) line rates up to 6.144Gbps
  • Supports SFP Digital Diagnostic Monitoring Interface (DDMI) bus
  • Provides multimode to single-mode and dual to single-fibre media conversion
  • Provides wavelength conversion for CWDM applications
  • User-selectable link fault detection modes facilitate quick fault detection, isolation and reporting
  • LED displays for immediate visual status of each port
  • Plug-in modules are hot-swappable in 19-Module5-Module, 2-Module or 1-Module chassis
  • Management of the plug-in module is available with the addition of a management module to the chassis
  • SNMP management via NetOutlook® provides real-time port and module status information, configuration and trap notification
  • Lifetime Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support


The iConverter xFF plug-in module can be used in managed or unmanaged applications. Management provides remote configuration, monitoring and trap notification. Management of the xFF plug-in module is accomplished by installing an iConverter Management Module (NMM2) or Network Interface Device (NID) in the same chassis.

The Management Module can be accessed via SNMP, Telnet, and serial port. The xFF can be managed with Omnitron’s intuitive, graphic-oriented NetOutlook SNMP Management Software or third party SNMP management software. Management via the Telnet and the serial interfaces have an easy-to-use, menu-driven interface.

The management software can override the physical DIP switch settings such as link modes. Some of the real-time xFF parameters that can be monitored include power, link, data activity status, module type and model, hardware and software revisions, serial numbers and a user-defined identifier.

The iConverter xFF supports SNMP trap notification for the monitoring and notification of different network events. Specific events that generate traps include module insertion and removal, and port link-up and link-down. Trap monitoring of specific events can be selectively enabled or disabled by the network management software.

Application Examples

Fibre optic communications equipment with fixed fibre interfaces (ST, SC, LC or MT-RJ connectors) operating over legacy wavelengths (850nm, 1310nm, 1550nm) must be converted to CWDM wavelengths using a media converter configured as a transponder. A transponder is a device that automatically receives, amplifies, and then retransmits a signal on a different wavelength without altering the data/signal content.

The iConverter xFF is SFP to SFP protocol-transparent fibre converter and transponder, designed to provide conversion between different wavelengths, multimode and single-mode, dual fibre and single-fibre.

The example below shows an OC-12 circuit from an ATM router, which is connected to an iConverter CWDM/X Multiplexer channel port. The fibre interface on the router uses fixed fibre SC connectors and legacy 1310nm wavelength. The channel port on the CWDM/X requires a CWDM 1530nm wavelength, so a transponder is utilized.

The iConverter xFF converts the wavelength from legacy 1310nm to CWDM specific 1530nm. Two SFP transceivers are required in this example. The left side of the media converter uses a 1310nm standard SFP transceiver, while the right side of the media converter uses a 1530nm CWDM SFP transceiver.

Omnitron iConverter xFF Industrial Application Example

When fibre rings must extend beyond the standard 1310nm wavelength capability, a longer wavelength with increased optical power can extend Ethernet and SONET ring distances.

The iConverter xFF fibre-to-fibre media converter and transponder is an inexpensive and reliable solution, especially when compared to upgrading SONET node equipment and Ethernet routers. Small Form Pluggable transceivers provide wavelength conversion from 1310nm to 1550nm, and amplifies the optical power to span the distance in longer ring segments. The iConverter xFF is protocol-independent and supports Ethernet, OC-3/12/48, SDH-1/4/16 and Fibre Channel with data rates up to 8.5 Gigabit.


iConverter XFF Application Example 2


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