Omnitron Launches 10 Gigabit Media Converter

IRVINE, CA – April 14, 2009 Omnitron Systems Technology, (, a provider of Carrier Ethernet demarcation devices and media converters, today announced the availability of the new iConverter® XG 10 Gigabit media converter.  The iConverter XG is a protocol-transparent media converter with two pluggable transceiver ports designed to simplify fiber connectivity for Ethernet and TDM networks by providing 10 Gigabit media conversion and fiber extension.  The iConverter XG functions as a copper-to-fiber converter, a fiber mode converter, a fiber repeater and a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) transponder.  The product supports 100% traffic throughput and has no packet size restrictions. It is protocol transparent within the range of 9.95Gbps to 11.32Gbps, providing interoperability with common protocols including 10G Ethernet, 10G SONET/SDH, 10G Fiber Channel and 10G OTN (G.709).

Applications for the iConverter XG include connecting 10 Gigabit servers with copper 10GBASE-CX4 interfaces via fiber, and converting standard 10 Gigabit wavelengths to WDM wavelengths to expand the bandwidth of existing fiber infrastructure.

iConverter XG modules are available as self-contained standalone units or chassis plug-in modules.  Three interface configurations of the XG are available, supporting XFP to XFP, XFP to SFP+, and SFP+ to SFP+.  Pluggable XFP and SFP+ transceivers are supported for multimode and single-mode applications, supporting distances up to 80km on single-mode.  Copper to fiber conversion is achieved with CX4 interface XFP transceivers.  Built-in loopback functions, on-board status LEDs and link fault propagation modes facilitate quick troubleshooting diagnostics.  DIP switches documented on the module label enable easy configuration and installation.  The plug-in XG features full management capabilities, including status reporting, fault detection, threshold violations, loopback functionality and SNMP trap notification.

The iConverter XG is part of the iConverter portfolio that consists of modular media converters, CWDM multiplexers and a variety of chassis that provide flexible configurations for high-density and standalone applications. iConverters can be used in managed or unmanaged networks.  iConverter modules can be managed by installing a Network Management Module in the same chassis, and management can be accessed via Omnitron’s NetOutlook® SNMP network management software, third-party SNMP software, or Telnet.




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