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What is SFP+ Direct Attach Copper Cable(DAC)?

by www.fiber-mart.com

In today’s market, Direct Attach Cables (DAC)provide an excellent pre-terminated and factory assembled & tested solution for both copper and fiber optic cabling in data centers. It is a kind of optical transceiver assembly widely applied in storage area network, data center, and high-performance computing connectivity etc. The DAC cables are used to connect one mobility access switch with another when forming a stack.

Direct-Attach Cables (DAC) are cost efficient close-range interconnection media widely used in telecom operator equipment rooms, data centers and corporate networks for connecting LAN and SAN equipment in same or neighboring racks. Our multi-vendor compatible Direct-Attach Cables portfolio support full range of transmission speeds from 10 Gbps up to 100 Gbps applications, customizable length of cables and current most popular interface assembly form factors – QSFP and SFP. Our multi-vendor compatible Direct-Attach Cables portfolio is compatible with 80% of networking equipment, where is not implemented a special algorithm for protection against third party modules. However – we can provide Direct-Attach Cables with custom-encoded firmware in order to make it work almost in any equipment and we can support encoding of each end to support different vendor equipment, allowing using Direct-Attach Cables as cross-platform interconnection medium.

SFP+ direct attach cable (DAC) is a fixed assembly that is purchased at a given length, with the SFP+ connector modules permanently attached to each end of the cable. SFP+ DAC provides high performance in 10 Gigabit Ethernet network applications, using an enhanced SFP+ connector to send 10 Gbps data through one paired transmitters and receivers over a thin twinax cable or fiber optic cable. The 10G SFP+ Cable is designed to use the same port as an optical transceiver, but compared with optical transceivers, the connector modules attached to the cable leave out the expensive optical lasers and other electronic components, thus achieving significant cost savings and power savings in short reach applications.

SFP+ DAC is a low cost alternative to traditional fiber and twisted-pair copper cabling in data center deployments. SFP+ DAC provides better cable management for high-density deployments and enhanced electrical characteristics for the most reliable signal transmission.

Passive and Active 10G SFP+ Direct Attach Cable (DAC)

SFP+ Direct Attach is known as the successor technology to 10GBASE-CX4. SFP+ Direct Attach, as implied in the name, uses SFP+ MSA and by using the inexpensive copper twinaxial cable with SFP+ connectors on both sides, provides 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity between devices with SFP+ interfaces. SFP+ Direct Attach has a 10 meter distance limitation, thus the target application is interconnection of top-of-rack switches with application servers and storage devices in a rack.


Pasive and  Active SFP+ DAC Cables  

Passive cables are much less expensive but require the host to do the work of driving it properly.



  • Lower Costs
  • Higher Reliability
  • Lower Power Consumption
  • Plug and Play Simplicity

 Fewer Components (No Active Tx /Rx Components)

 Only Capacitors, Resistors, EEPROM, Cable



  • Reduced Cable Flexibility
  • Reduced Modularity
  • Limited Distance
  • No LOS
  • No TX Disable
  • No Interrupts
  • Limited Management Interface
  • Host must drive Cu cable


Active cables offer the added benefit of being "optical-module" like.



              • Enhanced Signal Integrity

              • Longer Cable Lengths

              • Transmit Pre-emphasis

              • Active/Adaptive Receive Equalization

              • Tx Disable

              • Loss of Signal (LOS)

              • Interrupts

              • Management Interface

             • Looks like an optical module

             • Don’t have to worry about host Tx/Rx for Cu cables



              • Higher price 


Fiber-Mart supplies various kinds of high speed interconnect DAC cable assemblies including 10G SFP+ Cables40G QSFP+ Cables, and 120G CXP Cables. All of our direct attach cables can meet the ever growing need to cost-effectively deliver more bandwidth, and can be customized to meet different requirements. For more information, pls visit www.fibermart.com. pls not hesitate to contact us for any question:[email protected]

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