SFP+ (SFP Plus)

Posted on May 29, 2009 in Knowledge Base

The SFP+ (SFP Plus) is an enhanced version of the SFP that supports data rates up to 10 Gbit/s. The enhanced small form-factor pluggable specification was first published on May 9, 2006, and version 4.1 published on July 6, 2009. SFP+ supports 8 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Optical Transport Network standard OTU2. It is a popular industry format supported by many network component vendors.

In comparison to earlier Xenpak or XFP modules, SFP+ modules leave more circuitry to be implemented on the host board instead of inside the module.

Consideration has to be given to whether the module is linear or limiting. Linear SFP+ modules are most appropriate for 10GBASE-LRM; otherwise, limiting modules are preferred.

The small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Fiber Optic Transceiver supports data rates up to 10 Gbit/s. SFP Transceivers are available with a variety of transmitter and receiver types.

You may be also interested in “What is SFP“, “Gigabit Interface Converter”.