Multi-source agreements have benefits across the supplier ecosystem. Component manufacturers can achieve economies of scale, which reduces costs for OEMs and ultimately end-customers. In addition, open standards broaden the choice of customers; Multi-source agreements ensure that all transceivers are physically compatible and thus reduce costs through open third-party transceivers based on standards. Are you ready to learn more about how you can benefit from open standard transceivers? Contact us today. Connected optical transgressors are physically made up of a small circuit board (PCB) containing an electronic circuit, equipped with an electrical circuit connector at one end and typically a fiberglass fitting (duallc type for SFP/SFP modules) at the other end, packaged in a metal case, including the separation lock. The basic function of the device is to convert the host`s electrical transmission data into an optical signal transmitted over a connected fibre optic cable and, in the other, to convert directly an optical signal received into an electrical signal sent to the host system via the edge socket. The Digital Diagnostics Monitoring (DDM) function used in many modern SFP/SFP transceivers is defined using SFF-8472[iii]. Because life is not always that simple. Over the years, device manufacturers have tried to lock up the customer by making the transceivers proprietary for commercial reasons. This result is usually achieved by using specific codes in defined or undefined memory positions in the MSA. This means that after inserting the compatible, the user will identify the “unsupported transceiver” or display a similar message.
However, most of the compatible transceivers providers in place have understood this and are able to write the corresponding codes for the appropriate supplier for the transceivers. In this regard, it is obviously important to choose a supplier that has the means to test the transceiver in the right network device in order to ensure interoperability. As far as Member States are concerned, suppliers must therefore compete to gain market share. This helps reduce costs for the end user, gives customers greater freedom from the vendors they can choose from and means that all players can compete on equal terms. Simply put, customers can purchase optical transmitters from any supplier they prefer, as long as they meet the standards set by MSA.