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24 October 2013

GigOptix launches 100/400G quad linear MZM driver with 30% power savings for coherent long-haul telecom

GigOptix Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (a fabless supplier of analog semiconductor and optical communications components over optical fiber and wireless networks) says that its GX62472 linear quad channel Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driver has demonstrated more than 30% power consumption savings compared to the previous generation.

High-performance power-efficient linear devices enable 100Gbps/400 Gbps advanced modulation formats that address end-user demand for more bandwidth. GigOptix’s GX62472 is a second-generation, quad 32Gbps per channel, linear MZM driver, specifically developed and optimized for long-haul telecommunications.

GigOptix reckons that the release of a power-efficient linear driver strengthens its 50% long-haul driver market position. Enabled by advanced engineering techniques, the GX62472 now delivers what is claimed to be leading linear quad driver performance with a typical reduction of power enabling 2.1W per channel. The power reduction was achieved while demonstrating what is claimed to be excellent total harmonic distortion performance.

“The new GX62472 device has a 30% power reduction achievement and directly enables our customers to target higher data rates via advanced modulation formats, and into smaller form factors where power consumption is of increasing concern,” says chief technical officer Andrea Betti-Berutto. “Lower-power linear MZM drivers will enable faster adoption of next-generation systems working towards terabit systems.”

Tags: GigOptix Mach-Zehnder modulator

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