SOURCE: Timbercon, Inc.

Fiber Optic Cables

June 03, 2009 07:57 ET

Timbercon Releases the SFP+ Electrical Loopback

LAKE OSWEGO, OR--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Timbercon, Inc. announced they have finalized the SFP+ Electrical Loopback after three months of extensive prototype testing. Timbercon has completed all design and engineering phases of the SFP+ Electrical Loopback and has started the manufacturing of production quantities for sale to all SFP+ users and designers.

The Timbercon EL-11-07001 SFP+ Electrical Loopback is used for testing SFP+ transceiver ports in host/system boards. By substituting for a full-featured SFP+ transceiver with an optical Armadillo Loopback the SFP+ Electrical Loopback provides a cost effective method for port testing. In addition to the Electrical Loopback function, the EL-11-07001 provides a MSA standard 2-wire serial communication interface to digital diagnostics, a pre-loaded EEPROM memory map (standard and customized) and an enhanced housing for excellent heat dissipation.

One noteworthy feature of the SFP+ Electrical Loopback is that it contains two LED indicators that display the operating status of the device. The green LED illuminates when the Loopback is seated and blinks when the temperature is beyond the allowable range. The red LED illuminates for a power down status and blinks when the Loopback shuts down due to extreme temperature.

"The SFP+ Electrical Loopback adds another weapon to the test engineer's arsenal in both manufacturing and development environments. The addition of the SFP+ to our XFP, SFP and HSSDC2 Electrical Loopbacks has continued our commitment to economical board testing as well as full system testing with our Armadillo Optical Loopbacks," said John Lee, vice president of Timbercon.

In addition to the release of the SFP+ Electrical Loopback, Timbercon is also beginning productization of a SFP+ Host Test Board, developed to provide a testing and programming platform for both the SFP+ and SFP Electrical Loopbacks. The SFP+ Host Test Board will comply with the SFP+ MSA standards and will come complete with operation software and user manual to enable SFP+ and SFP Loopback and transceiver programming and testing.

About Timbercon, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Timbercon, Inc. is a fiber optic product and solution manufacturing company providing a vast array of connectivity solutions to the data storage, telecommunications, military, industrial, broadcast, medical and networking industries. In addition to standard fiber optic cables and Loopbacks, Timbercon has pioneered proprietary custom solutions and products, many of which are now considered to be an industry benchmark. Additional company information can be found at

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