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What is the difference between QSFP+ and SFP+?
Knowledge Base + 2024.01.10

QSFP+ (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable Plus) and SFP+ (Small Form-factor Pluggable Plus) are both types of optical transceiver modules used in data communication applications, but they differ in their form factor, data rates, and applications. Here are the key differences between QSFP+ and SFP+: 

  1. Form Factor:

    • QSFP+: QSFP+ is larger in size compared to SFP+. It has a quad form factor, meaning it can accommodate four channels or four separate data links in a single transceiver module.

    • SFP+: SFP+ has a smaller form factor designed for a single channel or a single data link.

  2. Data Rates:

    • QSFP+: QSFP+ supports higher data rates. It is commonly used for 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) applications. QSFP+ modules can also support higher data rates through technologies like QSFP28 (100G) and QSFP56 (200G).

    • SFP+: SFP+ is typically used for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) applications. It can also support higher data rates through technologies like SFP28 (25G) and SFP56 (50G).

  3. Applications:

    • QSFP+: QSFP+ is commonly used in high-density applications where multiple data links need to be aggregated or where higher data rates are required, such as in data centers and high-performance computing environments.

    • SFP+: SFP+ is used in a variety of applications, including data centers, enterprise networks, and storage area networks, where lower data rates or lower density are acceptable.

  4. Cabling:

    • QSFP+: QSFP+ typically uses multi-mode or single-mode fiber optics for longer distances, and it can also support copper cables for shorter connections.

    • SFP+: SFP+ modules can use either multi-mode or single-mode fiber optics or copper cables, depending on the specific module and application.

In summary, the main differences between QSFP+ and SFP+ lie in their form factor, supported data rates, and applications. QSFP+ is larger and supports higher data rates, making it suitable for high-density and high-performance scenarios, while SFP+ is smaller and commonly used for applications with lower data rates.