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3M™ Active Optical Cable (AOC) Assemblies
for SFP+ Applications

This new Active Optical Cable (AOC) Assembly for SFP+ Applications compliments and builds on the family of AOC products released by 3M. The AOC assembly for SFP+ applications offers a single bi-directional channel operating at up to 10.3125 Gbps, using industry leading VCSEL technology and an advanced new light-engine design. Using advanced multimode fiber, this AOC delivers exceptional cost and performance value for high-performance computing and other ultra high-throughput networking environments at distances of up to 100 meters.

The AOC assembly for SFP+ applications uses a two fiber cable directly attached to optical modules at each end, removing the need for LC-type optical connectors along with their associated cost and handling requirements. Directly attaching fibers to the modules helps ensure that the length of AOC (up to 100m) delivered by 3M will operate with optimized optical and electrical performance for both 8 Gigabit Fiber Channel and 10 Gigabit Ethernet applications. The electrical interface is designed to support the SFF-8431 MSA standard for "plug-n-play" compatibility with a 10 Gigabit switch or adapter cards. The AOC also offers a full set of diagnostic features via the 2-wire interface allowing for detection of faults and other alarm conditions.

Features and Benefits
  • Low power 240 mW typical
  • 1 channel operating at up to 10.3125 Gbps
  • Fiber link up to 100 meters
  • Reliable 850 nm VCSEL technology
  • 0 to +70 degree Celsius operating temperature range
  • Hot pluggable
  • Bend insensitive fiber
  • Full set of diagnostic features
  • 3.3 V power supply only
  • Supports SFF-8431 Specification for Enhanced Small Form Factor Pluggable Module SFP+
  • Supports Fiber Channel Physical Interface - 5 (FC-PI-5) Specification
  • Class 1 eye-safe per IEC 60825-1/CDRH
  • FCC Class B and CE Emissions and Immunity (EN 61000 4-3)
  • 3M 2-year active optical warranty
  • RoHS Compliant


  • High-performance computing clusters
  • 10G Ethernet applications (10GbE)
  • 4G and 8G Fiber Channel Applications (4GFC/8GFC)
  • 1x InfiniBand QDR. DDR, SDR
  • Servers, switches, storage and host card adapters (NIC)
Part Number View Inventory
6A11 3M AOC Assemblies for QSFP+ FDR Applications

See also:
3M™ AOC Assemblies for SFP+ Applications Sales Sheet (.pdf) - for more product information, specifications, applications and ordering information.

3M™ AOC Assemblies for SFP+ Applications Product Data Sheet (.pdf)

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