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20 March 2013

NeoPhotonics introduces new 100G CFP2 transceivers

NeoPhotonics Corp of San Jose, CA, USA, a vertically integrated designer and manufacturer of both indium phosphide (InP) and silica-on-silicon photonic integrated circuit (PIC)-based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks, has introduced two new 100G CFP2 transceiver modules. The modules include both the popular 10x10 MSA transceiver based on the ‘10x10’ PIC architecture developed by NeoPhotonics and the ‘4x25’ 100GBASE-LR4 transceiver. The CFP2 form factor is a hot-pluggable module that is designed to offer lower power and smaller size compared to current generation CFP transceivers and to enable doubling of the face plate input/output port density. The CFP2 is also for use in datacenter and metro Ethernet applications.

The new 10x10 CFP2 transceiver is based on ten synchronous electrical lanes and is capable of operating at both 100GE and OTU4 date rates. It features NeoPhotonics’ PIC-based 10-channel laser array powered by a 10-channel driver array. The 10x10 CFP2 is also backward compatible with the 10x10 CFP platform currently being commercially deployed. The firm also intends for the CFP2 electrical interface to support both 4x25 LR4 and 10x10 LR10 on the same line-card.

The CFP2 LR4 transceiver is based on four synchronous electrical lanes of 28Gbps signals and is designed to comply with the IEEE 100GBASE-LR4 and OTU4 specifications. The 4-channel PIC-based integrated transmitter is based on high-performance EML lasers designed to meet stringent OTU-4 optical performance requirements.

“The CFP2 platform is enabled by the company’s ability to integrate lasers in arrays utilizing proprietary PIC technology which we believe will continue to enable smaller transceiver form factors and lower power consumption for datacenter and metro Ethernet applications,” says chairman & CEO Tim Jenks.

Tags: NeoPhotonics InP PICs


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