Optoelectronics Technology Consortium 32-Channel Parallel Fiber Optic Transmitter/Receiver Array Testbed

In the data communications industry, there are emerging requirements for a short distance (tens to hundreds of meters), high-speed (200 Mbit/sec-1 Gbit/sec) data bus for large computing environments, clustered parallel computing systems, and datacom switching. In response to these requirements, a parallel optical fiber interconnect has been developed by the Optoelectronics Technology Consortium (OETC), an ARPA-funded industry alliance including IBM, AT&T, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin. This year, IBM completed testing of a 32-channel OETC fiber optic transmitter/receiver array in a product testbed, and announced future availability of a commercial product called "Jitney" based on the OETC prototype.

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