A gigabit interface converter (GBIC) is a standard for transceivers,
 commonly used with Gigabit Ethernet and fibre channel in the 1990s.
  By offering a standard, hot swappable electrical interface, one gigabit port
   can support a wide range of physical media,
    from copper to long-wave single-mode optical fiber, at lengths of hundreds of kilometers.
A variation of the GBIC called the small form-factor pluggable transceiver (SFP), (aka mini-GBIC)
 ...same functionality ...smaller form factor (from 2001 it largely made the GBIC obsolete)

interface needs media-type specified
shortwave =multimode ...up to 860m
longwave =singlemode ...up to  100's of km
world wide names
  wwNN = node
  wwPN = port
HP AJ715A Short Wave B-series Fibre Channel SFP (mini-GBIC) Module


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