Fibre Optic Transmitters

Fibre optic transmitters are the parts of a fibre optic network that translate an electronic signal into an optical one. This signal can then be sent along the glass optical fibres as a pulse of light. Fibre optics are the most advanced form of telecommunications, as they are able to send high bandwidth information over very long distances, without the risk of electromagnetic interference, as the fibres are made from glass.

What are fibre optic transmitters used for?

Fibre optic transmitters are used for a range of communications applications, such as in the transmission of telephone signals, internet, and cable television.

Types of fibre optic transmitters

Fibre optic transmitters are normally semi-conductor devices. The two main types are LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and laser diodes.

  • LEDs produce incoherent light which is coupled into the optical fibre. They are most often used in local area networks.
  • Laser diodes produce directional, coherent light, meaning that less light is dispersed and lost in the process of transmission. Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have largely superseded LEDs as they tend to give better speed and power.

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Description Price Maximum Data Rate Connector Shape Typical Rise Time Typical Fall Time Transmitter Jitter at Maximum Data Rate Peak Wavelength Mounting Type Number of Pins Dimensions Connector Type Height Length Width Fibre Size Range
RS Stock No. 189-4752
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1629Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD18.538
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50Mbit/s - 5 (Max)ns 5 (Max)ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm Versatile Link 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 696-1838
Mfr. Part No.SP000063814
BrandBroadcom
SGD15.15
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10MBd Round 0.1µs 0.1µs - 660nm Through Hole 4 24.2 x 9.2 x 9mm - 9mm 24.2mm 9.2mm -
RS Stock No. 178-2984
Mfr. Part No.SP000063871
BrandBroadcom
SGD10.43
Each (In a Bag of 200)
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100Mbps Round 14ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 2 8.6 x 5.3mm Fiber Optic 8.6mm - 5.3 (Dia.)mm 980 → 2200 μm
RS Stock No. 801-9248
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1522Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD16.48
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1MBd Round 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4807
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1404Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD22.525
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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160Mbit/s - 4ns 4ns - 865nm Panel Mount 8 22.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm SMA 10.2mm 22.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4810
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD19.361
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5Mbit/s - 4ns 4ns - 865nm Panel Mount 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 451-001
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-14E4Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD30.67
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160MBd Square 1.3ns 3.08ns 0.823ns 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm SC 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 236-818
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1604Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD31.81
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2MBd Round 57ns 40ns - 655nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4827
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1537Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD13.40
Each (In a Tube of 200)
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125Mbit/s - 3.1ns 3.4ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.29 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 830-5069
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1639Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD26.64
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50MBd Square 5ns 5ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.29 x 12.19 x 18.8mm Fiber Optic 18.8mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 450-997
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414MZ
BrandBroadcom
SGD27.87
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160MBd Round 1.3ns 3.08ns 7.56ns 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 240-7021
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD28.75
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5MBd Square 1.3ns 3.08ns 0.763ns 820nm Panel Mount 4 12.7 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 12.7mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4818
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1521ETZ
BrandBroadcom
SGD12.824
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5Mbit/s - 20ns 20ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm Versatile Link 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4831
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2316TZ
BrandBroadcom
SGD61.394
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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155Mbit/s - 1.8ns 2.2ns - 1370nm Through Hole 8 29.8 x 12.6 x 12.6mm Fiber Optic 12.6mm 29.8mm 12.6mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9229
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412TMZ
BrandBroadcom
SGD28.92
Each
units
5MBd ST 6.5ns 6.5ns - 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 830-5057
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1539Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD19.98
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10MBd Square 16ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.29 x 12.19 x 18.8mm Fiber Optic 18.8mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 189-4756
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1644Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD20.841
Each (In a Tube of 160)
units
50Mbit/s - 5 (Max)ns 5 (Max)ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.7 x 12.2 x 15.2mm Versatile Link 15.2mm 18.7mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 880-1974
Mfr. Part No.OPF372A
BrandOptek
SGD44.66
Each
units
- Square 10ns 10ns - 870nm Panel Mount 3 12.7 x 10.41 x 20.32mm ST 20.32mm 12.7mm 10.41mm 200 → 300 μm
RS Stock No. 189-4817
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1505AZ
BrandBroadcom
SGD16.744
Each (In a Tube of 100)
units
10Mbit/s - 13ns 10ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 16.1 x 12.5 x 7.6mm SMA 7.6mm 16.1mm 12.5mm -
RS Stock No. 910-7093
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1529Z
BrandBroadcom
SGD17.11
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