10GBASE-LX4 Application Overview
10GBASE-LX4 supports four long wavelength WDM serial transmission over duplex (2‑fiber) single‑mode optical fiber cabling. The application’s equivalent symbol rate is 12.5 GBd per lane and the supported distance varies according to the type of single‑mode cable used. Network equipment interface connections include duplex optical fiber connectors and standard sockets into which physical (PHY) layer transceiver modules may be plugged.
- Connector type: SC, LC
- Transceiver module: XENPAK, X2
- Defined in clause 53 of the IEEE 802.3 Standard for Ethernet
- Initially published as IEEE Std 802.33ae™: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 10 Gb/s Operation in 2002
Optical Fiber Cabling (Channel) Characteristics:
|Operating wavelengths:||1275.7 nm, 1300.2 nm, 1324.7 nm, and 1349.2 nm|
|Specification wavelength:||1310 nm|
|Insertion loss (max):||6.6 dB|
|Cabled fiber attenuation (max):||1.0 dB/km||0.5 dB/km||0.4 dB/km|
|Operating range2:||2 m to 4 km1||2 m to 8 km1||2 m to 10 km|
|1 Operating range for cabled fibers having other than 0.4 dB/km attenuation is not specified by IEEE 802.3. These calculations are provided for information only.
2 Maximum operating ranges are calculated using a 2.0 dB connection and splice loss allocation.
Key Application Capabilities:
- Defines a 10 Gb/s PHY using four WDM lanes for operation over at least 10 km of SMF
- Supports full-duplex operation only
- Preserves the 802.3 Ethernet frame format utilizing the Ethernet MAC
- Preserves minimum and maximum FrameSize of current 802.3 Standard for Ethernet
- Provides appropriate support for optical transport networks (OTNs)
- Supports a BER of better than or equal to 10-12 at the MAC/PLS service interface
The IEEE P802.3ae Task Force also specified the following 10 Gb/s Ethernet applications:
|Application||Operating Wavelength||Media||Operating Range1|
|10GBASE-ER||1550 nm||Single-mode||up to 40 km4|
|10GBASE-LR||1310 nm||Single-mode||up to 10 km|
|10GBASE-LX4||four WDM2||Multimode3||up to 300 m|
|10GBASE-SR||850 nm||Multimode||up to 400 m|
|1 Supported distance varies according to the type of optical fiber cable used.
2 1275.7 nm, 1300.2 nm, 1324.7 nm, and 1349.2 nm
3 Use of mode conditioning launch cords is not required for OM3, OM4, or OM5.
4 Links longer than 30 km for the same link power budget are considered engineered links and must not exceed specified insertion loss.
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