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 Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have largely superseded LEDs as they tend to give better speed and power.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. 801-9248
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1522Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD302
Each
units
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. 868-0727
Mfr. Part No.SP000063871
BrandBroadcom
TWD247
Each
units
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. 171-1600
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1521Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD415
Each
units
5MBd Round 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm - 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 830-5158
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412TZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD660
Each
units
160MBd Square 4ns 4ns - 865nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 841-5025
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1528Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD295
Each
units
10MBd Square 13ns 10ns - 662nm Snap-In 6 18.9 x 10.2 x 7.62mm - 7.62mm 18.9mm 10.2mm -
RS Stock No. 841-5028
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414TZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD586
Each
units
160MBd Round 6.5ns 6.5ns - 865nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 696-1829
Mfr. Part No.SP000063802
BrandBroadcom
TWD223
Each
units
10MBd Round 0.1µs 0.1µs - 660nm Through Hole 2 5.5 x 5.5 x 9mm - 9mm 5.5mm 5.5mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9273
Mfr. Part No.SP000063858
BrandBroadcom
TWD285
Each
units
100MBd - 14ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 24 x 9 x 8.8mm - 8.8mm 24mm 9mm -
RS Stock No. 880-1974
Mfr. Part No.OPF372A
BrandOptek
TWD622
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. 170-0949
Mfr. Part No.OPF372A
BrandOptek
TWD980
Each (In a Tray of 25)
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. 801-9223
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1415TZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD733
Each
units
160MBd 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
TWD391
Each
units
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. 236-773
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1523Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD429
Each
units
0.04MBd Round 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.3 x 12.2 x 18.8mm - 18.8mm 18.3mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 236-587
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1402Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD733
Each
units
5MBd Round 1.3ns 3.08ns 0.823ns 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 236-650
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1537Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD450
Each
units
155MBd Round 12ns 9ns - 650nm Through Hole 6 18.3 x 12.2 x 18.8mm - 18.8mm 18.3mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9229
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412TMZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD733
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. 496-5692
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD701
Each
units
160MBd Round - - 7.56ns 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 696-1838
Mfr. Part No.SP000063814
BrandBroadcom
TWD353
Each
units
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. 450-997
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414MZ
BrandBroadcom
TWD687
Each
units
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. 830-5066
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1634Z
BrandBroadcom
TWD554
Each
units
50MBd Square 5ns 5ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.29 x 12.19 x 18.8mm Fiber Optic 18.8mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -