ProLabs partners with Mellanox on coded compatible DACs

ProLabs has formed a new partnership with global networking giant Mellanox to manufacture a range of compatible coded direct attachment cables (DAC) capable of connecting Mellanox switches and network interface cards (NIC) to non-Mellanox devices.

Many of the non-Mellanox switches are protected by coding and require the DAC to be coded with authenticated information to allow the connection to be made without alarms or error messages. The ProLabs and Mellanox partnership solves this problem by providing cables that are 100% compatible with equipment from other vendors including Cisco, Arista and Juniper.

With ProLabs coded-compatible parts, customers will get all the benefits of Mellanox LinkX cables, plus full interoperability between platforms. The LinkX range includes a combination of 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s passive copper cables and a selection of optical transceivers in full compliance with the latest multi source agreements (MSA).

The new DACs are factory tested and have verified compatibility with Mellanox equipment. The bit error rate (BER) of the parts is better than 10-15.

Key features include true plug-and-play capabilities, with no scripts or work-around in the operating system, no minor alarms or unsupported messages and applications specific EEPROM code support.


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