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 Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) have largely superseded LEDs as they tend to give better speed and power.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. 841-5025
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1528Z
BrandBroadcom
$17.64
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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. 450-997
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1414MZ
BrandBroadcom
$32.52
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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. 236-795
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1527Z
BrandBroadcom
$19.90
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125MBd Round 12ns 9ns - 650nm Through Hole 6 19.6 x 10.4 x 7.71mm - 7.71mm 19.6mm 10.4mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9229
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412TMZ
BrandBroadcom
$31.88
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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. 910-7093
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1529Z
BrandBroadcom
$11.44
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RS Stock No. 696-1838
Mfr. Part No.SP000063814
BrandBroadcom
$17.39
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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. 801-9273
Mfr. Part No.SP000063858
BrandBroadcom
$18.74
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100MBd - 14ns 16ns - 685nm Through Hole 4 24 x 9 x 8.8mm - 8.8mm 24mm 9mm -
RS Stock No. 451-001
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-14E4Z
BrandBroadcom
$30.33
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160MBd Square 1.3ns 3.08ns 0.823ns 820nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm SC 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 170-0949
Mfr. Part No.OPF372A
BrandOptek
$45.50
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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. 178-2971
Mfr. Part No.SP000063858
BrandBroadcom
$12.26
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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
$48.19
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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. 896-2596
Mfr. Part No.TOTX1951(F)
BrandToshiba
$16.66
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6Mbit/s Rectangular - - - - Through Hole 6 13 x 15.5 x 8.5mm F05 8.5mm 13mm 15.5mm -
RS Stock No. 801-9241
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1532Z
BrandBroadcom
$16.92
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1MBd - 80ns 40ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.29 x 12.19 x 18.8mm Versatile Link 18.8mm 18.29mm 12.19mm -
RS Stock No. 830-5066
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1634Z
BrandBroadcom
$20.62
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50MBd Square 5ns 5ns - 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
$17.05
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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. 236-802
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1602Z
BrandBroadcom
$23.46
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2MBd Round 57ns 40ns - 655nm Through Hole 8 27.2 x 12.7 x 10.2mm - 10.2mm 27.2mm 12.7mm -
RS Stock No. 240-7021
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1412Z
BrandBroadcom
$22.09
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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 -
RS Stock No. 236-767
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1404Z
BrandBroadcom
$28.23
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160MBd 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. 830-5057
Mfr. Part No.AFBR-1539Z
BrandBroadcom
$16.15
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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. 801-9239
Mfr. Part No.HFBR-1522ETZ
BrandBroadcom
$19.90
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1MBd Round 20ns 20ns - 660nm Through Hole 6 18.8 x 12.19 x 7.62mm Versatile Link 7.62mm 18.8mm 12.19mm -
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