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The difference of SFP+, SFP and XFP, Advantages, Connection, Picture
10 Gigabit Small
Form Factor Pluggable
|Small Form-factor Pluggable|
SFP doesn't support 10G transmission data rate that means they can't be used in the same network.
From the price, SFP+ is a little bit more expensive than SFP.
SFP is based on IEEE802.3 and SFF-8472 while SFP+ is based on SFF-8431.
Both of them are 10G fiber optical modules and can connect with other type of 10G modules.
The size of SFP+ is smaller than XFP, thus it moves some functions to motherboard, including signal modulation function, MAC, CDR and EDC.
XFP is based on the standard of XFP MSA
SFP+ is compliance with the protocol of IEEE802.3ae, SFF-8431, SFF-8432.
SFP+ is the mainstream design.
|SFP/SFP+/XFP Connector Picture|
|SFP SC Connector||SFP/SFP+ LC Connector||XFP LC Connector|
SFP+ has a more compact form factor package than X2 and XFP.
It can connect with the same type of XFP, X2 and XENPAK directly.
The cost of SFP+ is lower than XFP, X2 and XENPAK.
The small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is a compact, hot-pluggable transceiver used for both telecommunication and data communications applications. The form factor and electrical interface are specified by a multi-source agreement (MSA). It interfaces a network device motherboard (for a switch, router, media converter or similar device) to a fiber optic or copper networking cable. It is a popular industry format jointly developed and supported by many network component vendors.
SFP transceivers are designed to support SONET, gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and other communications standards. Due to its smaller size, SFP obsolesces the formerly ubiquitous gigabit interface converter (GBIC); the SFP is sometimes referred to as a Mini-GBIC although no device with this name has ever been defined in the MSAs.
XFP modules are hot-swappable and protocol-independent. They typically operate at near-infrared wavelengths (colors) of 850 nm, 1310 nm or 1550 nm. Principal applications include 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, synchronous optical networking (SONET) at OC-192 rates, synchronous optical networking STM-64, 10 Gbit/s Optical Transport Network (OTN) OTU-2, and parallel optics links.
They can operate over a single wavelength or use dense wavelength-division multiplexing techniques. They include digital diagnostics that provide management that were added to the SFF-8472 standard.XFP modules use an LC fiber connector type to achieve higher density.
The enhanced small form-factor pluggable (SFP+) is an enhanced version of the SFP that supports data rates up to 16 Gbit/s. The SFP+ specification was first published on May 9, 2006, and version 4.1 published on July 6, 2009.
SFP+ supports 8 Gbit/s Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Optical Transport Network standard OTU2. It is a popular industry format supported by many network component vendors. Although the SFP+ standard does not include mention of 16G Fibre Channel it can be used at this speed.
Besides the data rate, the big difference between 8G Fibre Channel and 16G Fibre Channel is the encoding method. 64b/66b encoding used for 16G is a more efficient encoding mechanism than 8b/10b used for 8G, and allows for the data rate to double without doubling the line rate. The result is the 14.025 Gbit/s line rate for 16G Fibre Channel.
In comparison to earlier XENPAK or XFP modules, SFP+ modules leave more circuitry to be implemented on the host board instead of inside the module. Consideration has to be given to whether the module is linear or limiting. Linear SFP+ modules are most appropriate for 10GBASE-LRM; otherwise, limiting modules are preferred.SFP+ also introduces Direct Attach for connecting two SFP+ ports without dedicated transceivers.