Side-by-Side Comparison of Fiber-Monitoring and Control ICs


This application note presents parts designed for fiber monitoring and optical control. Although the products have a broad range of capabilities, some of those features are most important for the optical control and monitoring markets. This note charts those features for easy comparison.


Maxim offers a variety of products for fiber optical control and monitoring. These devices are suitable for applications using fiber-optic standards such as SFP, XFP, SFF, GBIC, and PON, and are compatible with various drivers. The products have a broad range of features optimized to best suit the customer's application requirements.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Tables 1 and 2 list the important features of each fiber-monitoring and control product. These tables allow the engineer to easily view which options are important to an application, and to choose the best device for his project. To learn more about these devices and to download their data sheets, visit the Fiber Monitoring and Control Products page.

The products in Table 1 can be used in fiber-optic applications that meet the SFF-8472 MSA, XFP (DS1862), and PON (DS1863) standards.

Table 1. Comparison of Products for SFF, XFP, and PON Standards

Table 1

The products in Table 2 can be used to control bias and modulation current.

Table 2. Comparison of Products for Bias Control and Modulation Current

Table 2

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