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 Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have largely superseded LEDs as they tend to give better speed and power.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. 171-1600
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1521Z
BrandBroadcom
£8.83
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5MBd Round 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm - 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4819
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1521Z
BrandBroadcom
£5.174
Each (In a Tube of 200)
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5Mbit/s - 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. 696-1838
Mfr. Part No.SP000063814
BrandBroadcom
£9.71
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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. 178-2971
Mfr. Part No.SP000063858
BrandBroadcom
£6.27
Each (In a Tube of 125)
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100MBd - 14ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 24 x 9 x 8.8mm - 8.8mm 24mm 9mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9273
Mfr. Part No.SP000063858
BrandBroadcom
£9.98
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100MBd - 14ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 24 x 9 x 8.8mm - 8.8mm 24mm 9mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4822
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1523Z
BrandBroadcom
£5.174
Each (In a Tube of 200)
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5Mbit/s - 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. 236-773
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1523Z
BrandBroadcom
£8.83
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. 880-1974
Mfr. Part No.OPF372A
BrandOptek
£25.54
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- 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
£23.216
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
New
RS Stock No. 189-4813
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414TZ
BrandBroadcom
£9.967
Each (In a Tube of 60)
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160Mbit/s - 4ns 4ns - 865nm Panel Mount 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 830-5158
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412TZ
BrandBroadcom
£15.41
Each
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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. 841-5028
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414TZ
BrandBroadcom
£15.41
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. 236-638
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1531Z
BrandBroadcom
£9.46
Each
Units
5MBd Round 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.3 x 12.2 x 18.8mm - 18.8mm 18.3mm 12.2mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4825
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1531Z
BrandBroadcom
£5.929
Each (In a Tube of 200)
Units
5Mbit/s - 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.29 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9207
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1624Z
BrandBroadcom
£13.09
Each
Units
50MBd Round 5ns 5ns - 685nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4751
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1624Z
BrandBroadcom
£8.203
Each (In a Tube of 200)
Units
50Mbit/s - 5 (Max)ns 5 (Max)ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 18.8 x 12.2 x 7.6mm Versatile Link 7.6mm 18.8mm 12.2mm -
RS Stock No. 240-7021
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412Z
BrandBroadcom
£15.41
Each
Units
5MBd Square 1.3ns 3.08ns 0.763ns 820nm Panel Mount 4 12.7 x 12.7 x 10.2mm ST 10.2mm 12.7mm 12.7mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4821
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1522Z
BrandBroadcom
£5.174
Each (In a Tube of 200)
Units
5Mbit/s - 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4805
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1402Z
BrandBroadcom
£9.967
Each (In a Tube of 60)
Units
5Mbit/s - 4ns 4ns - 865nm Panel Mount 8 22.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm SMA 10.2mm 22.2mm 12.7mm -
New
RS Stock No. 189-4823
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1527Z
BrandBroadcom
£5.674
Each (In a Tube of 200)
Units
125Mbit/s - 3.1ns 3.4ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm -
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