Quick View of CVR-QSFP-SFP10G

December 13, 2019

With the wide deployment of the 40G network, it's worthwhile to consider how to connect the present 10G network to the 40G network. Currently, there are several adoptable solutions that can help to realize 40G-10G migration: 40G QSFP+ to 4x10G SFP+ DAC breakout cables, 40G QSFP+ to 4x10G SFP+ AOC breakout cables, MTP/MPO-LC breakout cables, and the CVR-QSFP-SFP10G modules. Among them, CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module can use the existing 10G cabling for a 40G-10G transition.

What Is a CVR-QSFP-SFP10G Module?

The CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module, also known as QSFP+ to SFP+ adapter or 40G-10G adapter, is a type of the QSA adapter. CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module is built in a QSFP+ form factor with a cage for the SFP+ module at the back. That is to say, a low-speed SFP+ transceiver can be plugged into the back of the CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module, allowing single-channel SFP+ transceivers to connect to 4-channel QSFP+ ports. CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module is acting as an interface for the SFP+ transceiver during the process. With this adapter, 40G-10G migration is allowed when the other end of the network is running at lower speeds.

CVR-QSFP-SFP10G features with low insertion loss, low crosstalk, secure latching mechanism, QSFP+ MSA compliant, and trouble-free installation and network bring-up. It also has wide applications in data servers, routers and switches, networked storage systems, data center networking, and InfiniBand (IB).

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CVR-QSFP-SFP10G: Reliable QSA Solution for 40G-10G Migration

Since the CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter ensures smooth connectivity between 40G and 10G devices by using SFP+ based cabling, it has been considered as an effective solution for converting 40G ports to the 10G ports after launch.

CVR-QSFP-SFP10G supports all SFP+ cables and is compatible with mainstream switch models and SFP+ modules. A list of SFP+ transceiver modules that can be plugged into the CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module is provided in the table below.

Item Product Name Product Description
1 SFP-10G-SR 10GBASE-SR SFP+ module for multimode fiber
2 SFP-10G-LR 10GBASE-LR SFP+ module for single mode fiber
3 SFP-10G-ER 10GBASE-ER SFP+ module for single mode fiber
4 SFP-10G-ZR 10GBASE-ZR SFP+ module for single mode fiber
5 10G SFP+ copper cables SFP+ copper cables
(1 m to 10 m lengths)
6 10G SFP+ active optical cables SFP+ active optical cables
(1 m to 100 m lengths)

Here is a typical 40G-10G application case: with the cooperation of two 10GBASE-SR SFP+ transceiver modules, an LC duplex multimode fiber patch, and one CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter, 40G to 10G migration will be realized smoothly.

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Figure 2: Direct connection for 40G QSFP+ to 10G SFP+ adapter module

CVR-QSFP-SFP10G Adapter vs. 40G QSFP+ Breakout Cables

40G QSFP+ to 4×10G SFP+ Breakout Cables Overview

QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cable consists of a QSFP+ connector on one end and four SFP+ connectors on the other end. Generally speaking, QSFP+ to SFP+ breakout cable can be divided into direct attach copper cable (DAC) and active optical cable (AOC). They are used to transmit 40Gbps data into four separate streams of 10Gbps data over a fan-out cable in a point-to-multipoint configuration.

CVR-QSFP-SFP10G Adapter or QSFP+ Breakout Cables?

As mentioned above, we can use a CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter to convert a QSFP+ port to an SFP+ port. Or adopting QSFP+ to 4x10G SFP+ breakout cables to split a 40G port between a switch or a server into four 10G ports. In a word, both CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter and QSFP+ breakout cables are providing adaptable options for the 40G-10G transition. But what's the difference between them? The distinctions of the two solutions will be analyzed in three aspects: performance, cost, and utilization.

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QSFP+ to 4x10G SFP+ breakout cables split the 40G channel into 4x10G channel, which provides four times more data transmission than CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter that just provides connectivity only for a single 10G connection.


It's not difficult to find that a product's pricing is related to its popularity of the market to a certain extent. CVR-QSFP-SFP10G may be more expensive than expected on the market on account of the exclusive patent by some vendors. For short-reach transmission (<10 m), DAC breakout cables provide the most cost-effective solution.


QSFP+ to 4x10G SFP+ breakout cables have mature technology compared to CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapters. Influenced by the aforementioned factors, CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapters haven't been widely used yet.

Considering the application in different scenarios, each solution has its adoptable point. If there is only one 10G device that needs to connect the switch, using a CVR-QSFP-SFP10G adapter is more appropriate. Or there are multiple 10G devices in dispersed locations that need to connect to 40G switches. In this case, CVR-QSFP-SFP10G also offers a cost-effective solution. However, if the distribution of these 10G devices is rather concentrated, QSFP+ breakout cables will be better for an optimal ROI.


All in all, with the CVR-QSFP-SFP10G module, smooth connectivity between devices that use 40G QSFP+ port and 10G SFP+ port will be realized.


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