Fibre Optic Receivers

Fibre optic receivers convert data from fibre optical cables into electrical signals. Receivers accept the data and then transform the signals into electrical pulses.

The receivers contain semiconductors called photodetectors and an amplifier to produce what is called logic compatible output. This means that the signal output is not controlling the circuit status (current flow).

Some fibre optic receivers perform both the receiving and transmission functions and are referred to as transceivers.


What are fibre optic receivers used for?

Fibre optic receivers are used in many applications like sensoring systems, machine safety systems and tower lights.

These receivers are also useful in solving high voltage isolation issues like signal interference, where large data quantities must be transferred over long distances.

Fibre optic receivers also help to identify transmission errors in loopback testing activities for systems, process equipment and machinery.

Types of fibre optic receivers

Two main types of fibre optic receivers exist:

  • Digital receivers identify the input signals, amplify them and then reshape them into electrically undistorted output signals.
  • Analog receivers identify the optical input signals and then enlarge the photocurrents to increase the quality of the signal without transforming them.

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RS Stock No. 841-5040
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2522Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD398
Each
units
1MBd Square 600nm - - 6 Through Hole 18.8 x 10.16 x 7.62mm - 7.62mm 18.8mm 10.16mm - Versatile Link
RS Stock No. 880-1971
Mfr. Part No.OPF522
BrandOptek
TWD663
Each
units
5MBd Square - 30ns 30ns 3 Panel Mount 12.7 x 7.98 x 20.32mm ST 20.32mm 12.7mm 7.98mm - OPF520
RS Stock No. 446-150
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2521Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD415
Each
units
5MBd Round 600nm 80ns 40ns 6 Through Hole 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm H Push in 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm - Versatile Link
RS Stock No. 170-0948
Mfr. Part No.OPF522
BrandOptek
TWD588
Each (In a Tray of 25)
units
5MBd Square - 30ns 30ns 3 Panel Mount 12.7 x 7.98 x 20.32mm ST 20.32mm 12.7mm 7.98mm - OPF520
New
RS Stock No. 178-2983
Mfr. Part No.SP000063866
BrandBroadcom
TWD248
Each (In a Bag of 200)
units
- Round 850nm 10ns - 2 Through Hole 5.5 x 5.5 x 9mm Push in 9mm 5.5mm 5.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 236-846
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2528Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD586
Each
units
15Mbit/s Round 650nm 30ns - 6 Through Hole 18.9 x 10.4 x 8.4mm H Push in 8.4mm 18.9mm 10.4mm - Versatile Link
RS Stock No. 841-5037
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2412TZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD660
Each
units
5MBd Round 820nm 6.3ns 6.3ns 8 Through Hole 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm - -
RS Stock No. 801-9260
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2521ETZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD307
Each
units
5MBd - 660nm 20ns 20ns 6 Through Hole 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm - 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm - Versatile Link
RS Stock No. 696-1841
Mfr. Part No.SP000063866
BrandBroadcom
TWD223
Each
units
- Round 850nm 10ns - 2 Through Hole 5.5 x 5.5 x 9mm Push in 9mm 5.5mm 5.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 450-717
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2416MZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD722
Each
units
160MBd Round 820nm 6.3ns - 8 Through Hole - ST - - - - -
RS Stock No. 174-4197
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-57E5APZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD1,780
Each
units
125MBd Rectangular - 1ns 1ns 20 Surface Mount 15 x 41.73 x 9.8mm LC 9.8mm 15mm 41.73mm TTL HFBR
RS Stock No. 174-3629
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-59F3Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD564
Each (In a Tray of 150)
units
- - - 2.3ns 2.6ns 14 Through Hole 15.9 x 24.4 x 11.4mm - 11.4mm 15.9mm 24.4mm - AFBR
RS Stock No. 841-5047
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2555AFZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD723
Each
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16MBd Round 650nm 15ns 15ns 6 Snap-In 16.05 x 12.55 x 9.85mm SMA 9.85mm 16.05mm 12.55mm - -
RS Stock No. 801-9251
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2506AFZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD724
Each
units
16MBd - 650nm 15ns 15ns 6 Through Hole 12.55 x 7.62 x 9.85mm SMA 9.85mm 12.55mm 7.62mm - -
RS Stock No. 801-9210
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-2624Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD662
Each
units
50MBd - 685nm 5ns 5ns 4 Through Hole 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm - 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm - Versatile Link
New
RS Stock No. 178-2969
Mfr. Part No.SP000063852
BrandBroadcom
TWD311
Each (In a Tube of 125)
units
- Round 850nm 10ns - 4 Through Hole 24.2 x 9.2 x 9mm Push in Collet 9mm 24.2mm 9.2mm - -
RS Stock No. 801-9245
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2316TZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD1,577
Each
units
155MBd - 1300nm 5.3ns 5.3ns 8 Through Hole 29.8 x 12.6 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 29.8mm 12.6mm - -
RS Stock No. 236-694
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-2422Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD660
Each
units
5MBd Round 820nm - - 8 Through Hole 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm FC 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm - -
RS Stock No. 896-2583
Mfr. Part No.TORX1952(6M,F)
BrandToshiba
TWD347
Each
units
10Mbit/s Rectangular - - - 6 Through Hole 13 x 15.5 x 8.5mm F05 8.5mm 13mm 15.5mm - -
RS Stock No. 910-7119
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-2521CZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD362
Each
units
5MBd Rectangular 685nm - - 4 Through Hole 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm - 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm TTL -