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In-flight entertainment and connectivity

The SNAP12 is a 12-channel pluggable parallel optical transmitter or receiver module. The SNAP12 transmitter and receiver modules enable high performance multilane optical links designed for high- speed data communications and computing applications.
The module operates at up to 10.3125 Gbps per channel in commercial temperature range. The interconnect distance is up to 300 m.

The use of the SNAP12 in the audio video distribution systems for in-flight entertainment and connectivity applications brings numerous advantages.

In-flight entertainment (IFE)
In-flight entertainment (IFE)

Audio video distribution systems (AVDS) for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC)


SNAP12 used in an AVDS node

AVDS configuration

AVDS nodes and optical fiber configuration

In Flight Entertainment

Benefits of using SNAP12 optical transceivers

  • Ability to distribute uncompressed video - the highest quality distribution possible
  • Reduced aircraft wiring and system weight
  • Fault tolerance
  • EMI/EMC and lightning tolerance over copper interconnects
  • 12 independent parallel optical channels
  • Data rate : 10.3125 Gbps, 6.25 Gbps, or 3.125 Gbps
  • Commercial (0 °C to 70 °C) operating temperature
  • 100 mW/lane typical power consumption
  • Card edge mountable
  • Standard MPO/MTP interconnect
  • Single 3.3 V power supply
  • OM3 and OM4 multimode fibers supported
  • Data protocol agnostic

Module or transceiver used in this application

In-flight entertainment and connectivity

AVDS offers less cable, less weight, less mess. AVDS is the only system that uses a distributed network topology without compromising on signal quality by compressing. AVDS routes signals at their full uncompressed bandwidth (up to 3 Gbps per signal) meaning you get the very best possible quality. No latencies means those video games and presentations are now welcome on the network!

"The fiber backbone reduces weight and is not susceptible to EMI noise induction or ground loops. Now you can watch that Blu-Ray movie with uncompromised clarity!"
Innovative Advantage