Features and Benefits

  • SFP/SFF and SFF-8472 MSA compliant
  • SFP reference design available
  • Any rate from 50 Mbps to 3.3 Gbps operation
  • Dual-loop control of average power and extinction ratio
  • Typical rise/fall time: 60 ps
  • Bias current range: 2 mA to 100 mA
  • Modulation current range: 5 mA to 90 mA
  • Laser FAIL alarm and automatic laser shutdown (ALS)
  • Bias and modulation current monitoring
  • 3.3 V operation
  • 4 mm × 4 mm LFCSP
  • Voltage setpoint control
  • Resistor setpoint control

Product Details

Like the ADN2870, the ADN2872 laser diode driver is designed for advanced SFP and SFF modules, using SFF-8472 digital diagnostics. The device features dual-loop control of the average power and extinction ratio (ER), which automatically compensates for variations in laser characteristics over temperature and aging. The laser needs only be calibrated at 25°C, eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming temperature calibration. The ADN2872 supports single-rate operation from 50 Mbps to 3.3 Gbps, or multirate operation from 155 Mbps to 3.3 Gbps. With a new alarm scheme, this device avoids the shutdown issue caused by the system transient generated from various lasers.

The average power and ER can be set with a voltage provided by a microcontroller digital-to-analog converter (DAC) or by a trimmable resistor. The device provides both bias and modulation current monitoring, as well as fail alarms and automatic laser shutdown. The ADN2872, a SFF-/SFP-compliant laser diode driver, can work with the Analog Devices, Inc., ADuC7019, ADuC7020, and ADuC7023 MicroConverter® family and the ADN2890, ADN2891, and ADN2892 limiting amplifier family, to form a complete SFP/SFF transceiver solution. The ADN2872 is available in a space-saving 4 mm × 4 mm LFCSP specified over the −40°C to +85°C temperature range.


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