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PCI Express Optical LinkPCI Express Optical Link

PCIe extension distributed over great distances

Can be used with systems based on multiple Datapath backplanes

Manufactured using industry standard optical cables

HIGH SPEED OPTICAL EXTENSION

The Datapath PCI Express Optical Expansion Kit is a solution that allows system builders and integrators to combine a PCIe based PC or motherboard to multiple expansion chassis. Enabling greater flexibility and larger distributed system architecture, the PCI Express Optical Expansion Kit can be used to create systems with greater distances between the host PC and expansion chassis.


OPTICAL EXPANSION KIT

The Optical Expansion Kit includes a Host Link Optical and Slave Link Optical PCI Express card connected together using the ExCable-Optical. These combined provide a high bandwidth PCI Express link from an upstream host to a distributed expansion unit. PCI Express Gen.3 technology supports bi-directional data transfer speeds of up to 8GB/s ensuring smooth, full frame rate video distribution over great distances. The Optical Expansion Kit also works with Gen.2 PCI Express backplanes which can provide up to 4      GB/s bidirectional bandwidth between chassis.


ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

The users of the PCI Express Optical Expansion Link can use this with systems based on multiple Datapath backplanes as part of a distributed wall control architecture.Additionally the Optical Expansion Kit automatically adjusts between PCI Express Gen.1, Gen.2 and Gen.3 operation depending on endpoint capabilitiesThe ExCable-Optical a fully locking optical cable which can support the full PCIe 3.0 signalling speeds. Electrically isolated optical cable with a low EMC signature.


HLink Optical

The low profile PCI Express plug-in card format allows the HLink-Optical to be used in compact server cases offering half height x8 PCIe slots, as well as in a full height slot in a Datapath VSN host. The HLink-Optical can be configured to link to a single SLink-Optical as a x8 or two SLink-Optical cards, each operating in x4 mode.

 

ExCable Optical

A fully locking optical cable which can support the full PCIe 3.0 signalling speeds. Electrically isolated optical cable with a low EMC signature. Available in lengths of 50m and 100m.

 

 

SLink Optical

The Slink-Optical card plugs into a standard PICMG1.3 system board slot in a distributed system backplane. Typically the SLink-Optical would be used with the Datapath family of active backplanes that are available either as card products or as the heart of the Datapath VSN family of wall controllers.

Automatically configures to operate in x4 to x8 mode.

 

SERVICES

Manufactured using industry standard optical cables the SLink/HLink-Optical kit can be used with systems based on multiple Datapath backplanes as part of a distributed wall control architecture.


Key Qualities of the HLink-Optical and SLink-Optical:

  • PCI Express 3.0 bus extension across four or eight lanes
  • PCI Express extension distributed over great distances
  • Peak bandwidth up to 8 GB/s both upstream and downstream
  • Single HLink-Optical card of driving two SLink-Optical at four lane
  • Automatically adjusts between PCI Express Gen.1, Gen. 2 and Gen.3 operation depending on endpoint capabilities
  • Can be used with systems based on multiple Datapath backplanes as part of a distributed wall control architecture
  • Manufactured using industry standard optical cables

Specification of the HLink-Optical and SLink-Optical:

  HLink-Optical SLink-Optical ExCable-Optical
Board Format PCI Express x8 plug-in card, 150mm x 85mm (half height and full height bracket options) Half length PICMG 1.3, 168mm x 85mm Not applicable
Connectors 2 x Optical interface connectors (up to PCI Express 8 lane, each optical connector provides a x4 link) 2 x Optical interface connectors (up to PCI Express 8 lane) Optical fibre with two integrated Quad (4channel) Small Form-factor Pluggable (QSFP) connected modules
Power Consumption 10 watts 5 watts Not applicable
Operating Temperature   0 to 35 deg C/ 32 to 96 deg F  
Storage Temperature   -20 to 70 deg C/ -4 to 158 deg F  
Relative Humidity   5% to 90% non-condensing  
Warranty   3 years  

 

We are continuously developing the technology used within our product ranges delivering outstanding innovative solutions, therefore the specification may change from time to time.

Models Available of the HLink-Optical and SLink-Optical:

ProductName/Order Code Description
SLink-Optical Optical Gen.3 slave link card
HLink-Optical Optical Gen. 3 host link card
ExCable-Optical/50 50 metre optical cable
ExCable-Optical/100 100 metre optical cable

 

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