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GBIC Transceivers

GAOTek presents a host of easy to use and efficient Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) transceivers for you to choose from. Our GBIC transceivers comply with SFF 8472 standards.


GBIC was the first transceiver form factor standard before the advent of new generation optical transceivers such as SFP and SFP+. It performs the basic function of converting electric current into optical signal, and optical signal into digital signal. It differs from SFP transceivers only in size. An SFP transceiver, suitably referred to as a mini GBIC, is typically nearly half the volume of GBIC. By virtue of its size, an SFP transceiver makes it possible to configure significantly more number of ports on a panel as compared to its GBIC equivalent. Although GBIC is the oldest standard in the transceiver family, it is still widely used in telecom and data communication applications.


GAOTek’s GBIC transceivers comply with the SFP MSA (Small Form Factor Pluggable Multi Source Agreement). They use a DFB or a VCSEL or an FP laser transmitter, and a PIN photo detector. They come with a duplex SC/UPC type pluggable optical interface, and are built for low power dissipation and low EMI. These hot pluggable devices comply with SFF 8472 and RoHS standards, and are lead free.


GBIC transceivers are widely used in gigabit Ethernet and fibre channel applications. Key specific applications include:

  1.           Switch to switch interface
  2.           Gigabit Ethernet
  3.         Switched backplane applications
  4.          Router/Server interface
  5.          Other optical links

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