Hitachi Cable, Ltd. (Hitachi Cable), a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is launching its InfiniGreen line of Optical Active Cables. InfiniGreen provides 12x QDR (10Gbit/s) full-duplex InfiniBand connectivity that is six times more bandwidth than current market solutions. InfiniGreen is expected to typically consume only 0.9 watts per termination, about one-third of present InfiniBand active cables.

This consumption of 0.9 watts per termination can be accomplished by embedding parallel optical transmission lines within the cable that is terminated with the CXP connector currently being standardized by the InfiniBand Trade Association.

“InfiniGreen provides the performance attributes that HPC (High Performance Computing) and data center owners are requesting for the years ahead”, stated Lou Marra, senior vice-president of Hitachi Cable America. It provides the next level of InfiniBand-standards-based connectivity, yet with a power consumption-to-bandwidth ratio reduction of almost 6-fold. It connects to the server just like a copper cable patch-cord, but it is easier to handle, as the embedded fiber optics is less bulky and stiff. This ease-of-handling, together with the reduced power consumption and Hitachi Cable’s well-known quality, will significantly reduce our customers’ cost”.

Hitachi Cable has started to ship samples to select customers. Hitachi Cable will also perform live demonstrations of InfiniGreen in OFC/NFOEC 2009 exhibition held at San Diego Convention Center in March 24, 2009 through March 26, 2009.

Hitachi Cable is a manufacturer of electric wire and cables, information communication networks and high-functional materials.