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3 March 2014

Oclaro to demo 100G coherent CFP2 pluggable module at OFC

At the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC 2014) conference & exposition in San Francisco (11-13 March), Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which provides components, modules and subsystems for optical communications) will be demonstrating a coherent CFP2 pluggable transceiver module.

Oclaro says that the module’s compact, coherent pluggable form factor, with a power dissipation of only 12 Watts, delivers what are claimed to be new levels of performance and flexibility for optical networks operating at 100G and beyond.

The firm claims that, compared to conventional solutions, the coherent CFP2 pluggable transceiver features an unprecedented small form factor to enable increased density at the face-plate, reduced power dissipation, and optimal optical performance. Such advances are considered to be key enablers for delivering next-generation coherent networks that can support the growing demand for cloud computing, streaming video, social networking and other bandwidth intensive applications, Oclaro adds. In addition, the CFP2 pluggable form factor enables users to minimize first installation costs and maintain flexibility to scale networks over time by adding more capacity as needed.

“The availability of coherent CFP2 pluggable modules is going to drive a significant increase in the number of 100G and 200G coherent ports we expect to see in 2015,” comments Daryl Inniss, VP & practice leader of Components at Ovum. “The market has been demanding the higher densities, lower power and smaller form factors that are possible with CFP2 coherent technology, and Oclaro has positioned itself well, as the first company to bring this technology to market.”

Oclaro says that its coherent CFP2 module represents the first generation of coherent transceivers offered in a pluggable format and delivers the small form factor, low power dissipation and high performance needed to upgrade systems to 100G and beyond. The coherent CFP2 can be deployed with a range of external digital signal processor (DSP) options, allowing users to select the best combination of optical and electronic solutions to suit a specific application.

Oclaro lists the product highlights as follows:

  • Leverages Oclaro’s indium phosphide (InP) transmitter and receiver photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology to deliver increased levels of performance, density and cost requirements.
  • Compatible with both 100G PM-QPSK and 200G 16-QAM modulation formats with the appropriate DSP and driver technology.
  • Meets performance requirements of metro, regional and long-haul applications.
  • System-level performance on a par with conventional lithium niobate technology has been demonstrated in conjunction with several of Oclaro’s customers.
  • CFP2 form factor delivers maximum face-plate density.
  • Provides scalability to enable customers to add more bandwidth as required in the future.
  • Supports OIF and CFP MSA (multi-source agreement) standards for coherent CFP2.

The new coherent CFP2 pluggable transceiver module will be sampling to key customers in second-quarter 2014.

At the OFC conference, Oclaro is presenting several technical papers on coherent CFP2 technology. A complete listing of all of Oclaro's presentations, which include nine technical papers and participation on a Market Watch panel, can be found at: www.oclaro.com/events.php.

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