SOURCE: AlpenIO, Inc.

February 01, 2011 13:00 ET

AlpenIO Expands Its PCI Express and QSFP Active Optical Cable Offering

The Company Introduces the Next Generation PCI Express Active Optical Cable; The Cables Are Designed to Support PCI Express Gen3 Including Gen2 and Gen1

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) -  AlpenIO, developing the next generation optical interconnect technology, announced today, at DesignCon, new optical solutions for PCI Express.

LightFinity Optical Technology: AlpenIO's new cable assemblies are based on its proprietary LightFinity optical technology. The miniature, low power, low cost design results in a very small form factor. "Our patented design using passive alignment and pre-aligned V-Grooves is a pivotal innovation to simplify fiber attachment," says Marc Verdiell, President & CEO. AlpenIO offers ready to use LightFinity optical engines for integration into cable assemblies. The completion of an AOC cable requires only the gluing of the fibers and the addition of a shell. LightFinity optical engines are also designed to be mounted onto PCB boards.

Gen3 PCI Express Active Optical Cable, LightXpress4: AlpenIO introduced the first PCI Express active optical cable early in 2010. "We are pleased to introduce the first Gen3 capable x4 PCI Express active optical cable solution supporting 32GT/s signaling up to distances of 100 meters," said Charles Weekes, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. An important design feature is the ability to transmit the auxiliary sideband signals over fiber. "Our cable technology supports Gen3 data rates up to 100 meters which represents a 2x improvement in performance over Gen2." The cables are backward compatible to Gen1 and Gen2 and plug compatible with the standard external cabling PCIe connector.

AlpenIO is displaying the LightFinity technology, features and products this week at DesignCon
at Booth # 808.

Please visit AlpenIO at the Santa Clara Convention Center at Booth # 808.

Also visit our website at

About AlpenIO, Inc.

AlpenIO is a provider of Active Optical Cables, Optical Engines, and Custom Optical Interconnects. We offer optical cabling solutions for 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, QDR/FDR Infiniband, PCIe and high speed backplanes. We also provide the cabling industry with optical engines designed for easy integration into active optical cable assemblies.

Contact Information

  • AlpenIO Contact:
    Charles Weekes
    Sales & Marketing
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