Berk-Tek Launches Transceiver Product Line

XCVR_Group_250x100February 1, 2016 – New Holland, PA – Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, launched a new transceiver product line at the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition. The new product line includes optical transceivers for both Ethernet and Fibre Channel protocols.

Berk-Tek’s transceivers are 100% compatible with all major switch and server manufacturers through a partnership with ProLabs, the leading global independent provider of OEM compatible networking solutions. Additionally, when Berk-Tek’s 40GBASE-SR4 enhanced transceivers are paired with Berk-Tek’s GIGAlite™-10XB glass, the company guarantees enough power budget to support a 40G link distance up to 500 meters. This is more than three times the reach guaranteed with standard-compliant fiber and transceivers. The enhanced transceivers are also available for Short Wavelength 8G and 16G Fibre Channel.

“As bandwidth increases, the reach and number of connections that each link can support decreases. This is especially relevant with our data center customers,” states Mike Connaughton, Data Center Market Segment Manager for Berk-Tek. He adds, “Our TEK Center has been working with data center customers for years to help them overcome this inverse relationship. Up until now, our engineers were able to achieve additional reach by employing our premium GIGAlite glass. But with no control over transceiver performance, they were limited to the cabling. Now, they can take it a step further by pairing GIGAlite glass with our enhanced transceivers to support links well beyond the limits defined by the standards.”

OwnTheLink_Logo_250x200Berk-Tek is promoting its new transceiver product line with the tagline “Own the Link.” This supports the company’s position that Layer 1 network infrastructure – or “the link” – is comprised of not only the cabling and connectivity, but also the transceivers. Connaughton states, “A transceiver’s performance has more to do with the associated cabling than the host IT equipment. It makes sense to specify the transceivers and the cabling together in order to determine the optimum solution.”

In addition to optimized performance, using Berk-Tek transceivers in conjunction with GIGAlite glass simplifies maintenance of the entire link. For example, if there’s a problem with a link, the customer no longer needs to call several different manufacturers for support. Berk-Tek provides technical support for all components in the link. For more information, please visit:

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