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GBICs, SFPs and XFPs

fiber optic to electronic converters / transceivers

GBIC = GigaBit Interface Converter:- an interface module which converts the light stream from a fibre channel cable into electronic signals for use by the network interface card.

SFP = Small Form-factor Pluggable (GBIC) provides the same functionality as a regular GBIC but in a smaller and denser physical size. It's used in network switches for Fibre-channel, Gigabit Ethernet and Infinband. The newer generation of SFPs operates at faster data transfer rates of 2.5 Gbps and above.

XFP = 10-Gigabit Small Form-factor Pluggable Module

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Back in 2000 - GBICs was a hot market for advertisers because the profit margins on these products were high. Below is a banner ad related to this subject (and from that era) from a European distributor called Selectronix.
Selectronix GBIC banner ad circa 2000 which ran on
GBICs, SFPs and XFPs - partial list of companies

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