Avago Technologies (NASDAQ: AVGO), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), Opnext, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPXT) and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. today announced that Revision 1.4 of the CFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) hardware and firmware specification documents is now available on the CFP MSA website at: www.cfp-msa.org.

In addition, the three companies, which founded the CFP MSA and first announced it in March 2009, welcome Avago Technologies as a new member. Other manufacturer companies interested in joining the CFP MSA are encouraged to contact an existing MSA representative.

The purpose of the CFP MSA is to define a hot-pluggable optical transceiver form factor to enable 40Gbps and 100Gbps applications, including next-generation High Speed Ethernet (40GbE and 100GbE). Pluggable CFP transceivers will support the ultra-high bandwidth requirements of data communications and telecommunications networks that form the backbone of the internet.

According to industry analysts, IP traffic is expected to nearly double every two years through 2013, potentially resulting in core network bandwidth shortages. The IP traffic volume will be driven by high-quality video services like VOD and IPTV as well as the availability of high-speed and high-capacity access networks such as FTTx and WiFi. To prevent these shortages, carriers and service providers are already planning the deployment of next-generation high-speed network protocols. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has recently standardized 40Gigabit and 100Gigabit Ethernet under the P802.3ba Task Force and is currently working to add new features to 40Gigabit Ethernet in the P802.3bg Task Force. In addition to the existing 40Gbps telecom standards, both the OIF and the ITU-T are working on standardizing SDH/OTN telecom interfaces for long-haul transmission of 100Gigabit Ethernet.

Pluggable transceiver modules compliant to the CFP MSA will be used on these 40Gbps and 100Gbps interfaces. The CFP MSA is defining the specifications required to support multiple applications using the same form factor. These applications include various protocols (such as 40GbE, 100GbE, OC-768/STM-256, OTU3), media types (multimode and single mode fiber optics) and link distances. The CFP MSA utilizes numerous innovative features like advanced thermal management, EMI management and enhanced electrical signal integrity design to define the transceiver mechanical form factor, the optical connector, the 10x10Gbps electrical connector with its pin assignments, the MDIO-based transceiver management interface and the hardware required on the system host board.