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SFP and QSFP Active Optical Cables

Active Optical Cables (AOCs) for High-Speed Networking Interconnectivity

When it comes to connecting networking equipment in high-density, high-bandwidth applications, whether short distances or long, AOCs that operate over optical fiber are the most well-rounded solution available.

Significantly lower in cost than transceiver solutions, they are perfect for applications that do not require extremely long-distance connections or modular design. And while higher in cost than copper Direct Attach Cables (DACs), their fiber optic construction allows for a greater transmission distance, is superior in EMI/RFI performance, and is thinner, more flexible, and takes up less space.

When it comes to high-speed networking interconnects, you can’t match the combination of performance and affordability of Active Optical Cables.



Active Optical Cable Features


Premium Performance, Affordable Price

  • Error-free data transmission of 100 meters
  • All-in-one cable design makes installation a breeze
  • An AOC is nearly half the cost of a single transceiver


Ultra-High Bandwidth

  • Supports 10G, 25G, 40G, 100G, and higher
  • Same thin fiber optic form factor regardless of speed
  • VCSEL technology ensures optimal performance.


Standard Compliance

  • Meets Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) Industry Standards
  • SFF-8431 (SFP+), SFF-8402 (SFP28), SFF-8436 (QSFP+), SFF-8665 (QSFP28)
  • Compliant to CE and FCC


Flexible, Thin, and Light

  • Ultra-thin (0.118 inches)
  • Flexible cable with a superior bend radius
  • Lightweight (10 meters of cable weighs less than 100 grams).


Power Efficient Design

  • Low power consumption (0.6 watts to 2.5 watts)
  • Thin, flexible profile frees up space for airflow.
  • Power savings result in cost savings.


EMI/RFI Immunity and Fire-Safe Jacketing

  • Optical cabling provides high EMI/RFI immunity.
  • No need for additional shielding like with copper
  • Low-smoke, zero-halogen jacket meets fire protection regulations.



Active Optical Cable Benefits

Premium Connectivity

Fiber optic technology allows AOCs to make error-free ultra-high-bandwidth (up to 100G and beyond) interconnects at distances up to 100 meters.

Highly Affordable

AOCs, which feature a transceiver on each end, are nearly half the price of a single transceiver.

Convenient, All-in-One Cable Design

No more time-consuming, expensive cleaning of fiber optic connectors to ensure optimal performance – just plug and play.

Reliable Performance

Once connected, the data keeps flowing. Active Optical Cables also provide high EMI/RFI immunity, so there’s no need to worry about signal disrupting interference.

Low Latency

AOCs feature an all-in-one design, eight fibers cut to exact lengths, and no additional points of connection to ensure all signals arrive at the same time.

Highly Flexible

Good for short-, medium-, and long-distance connections, Active Optical Cables are perfect for point-to-point, intra-rack, and rack-to-rack connections of high-speed networking equipment.

AOC Application Diagrams

Perfect for point-to-point, intrarack, and rack-to-rack connections of high-performance networking equipment that uses 10G SFP+, 25G SFP28, 40G QSFP+, and 100G QSFP28. AOCs are also ideal for Ethernet, Infiniband, Fibre Channel, PCI-Express, SAS/SATA applications, and more.

AOC Data Center Diagram

AOC Rack Diagram

AOC Emerald KVM Switch Diagram

Application Diagram for Emerald and AOC

AOC Industry Applications

Data Centers

Use AOC for high-speed interconnectivity at significantly lower total costs than optical transceivers



Edge Networking: Use cost-efficient, easy-to-install AOCs for connections with Cisco SFP/QSFP devices



Save costs on energy bills and cable maintenance, using AOCs for your 10G to 100G network interconnectivity


Military & Defense

As an ultra-light, easy to install fiber cable solution, AOCs become the preferred choice for connections between high-speed network devices



EMI-RFI resistant AOCs offer an unbeatable cost/performance ratio for your storage connections. Compatible with Black Box AV over IP system, they ensure perfect medical imagery transmissions, too

SFP and QSFP Highspeed Interconnect Portfolio

SFP/QSFP Active Optical Cables

Cisco®-compatible Active Optical Cables support ultra-high speeds, consume little power and feature a thin design, making them perfect for high-density, high-bandwidth Ethernet networking applications.

Cisco-compatible Direct Attach Cables support ultra-high speeds, consume practically no power and rarely experience latency delays, making them ideal for point-to-point, intra-rack connections.

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