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27 January 2016

MACOM and AOI collaborate on production shipments of 100G QSFP28 transceivers for data-centers

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for analog RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and photonic applications) and Applied Optoelectronics Inc (AOI) of Sugar Land, near Houston, TX, USA, a manufacturer of fiber-optic access network products (including components, modules and equipment) for the Internet data-center, CATV cable broadband and fiber-to-the-home markets, are collaborating to support initial orders and production ramp of 100G QSFP28 optical transceiver solutions for data-center applications.

The QSFP28 transceiver is now the predominant form factor for 100G switching and routing connectivity, and a key enabler as 100G begins to ramp in data-centers. As part of the collaboration, AOI will leverage MACOM's broad portfolio of CDRs (clock & data recovery), drivers and TIA (transimpedance amplifier) chipsets in its QSFP28 solution. MACOM chipsets provide low power and a small form factor, which are critical enablers for the QSFP28 solutions.

"MACOM offers an extensive chipset product portfolio for data-center applications for both CWDM and PSM-4 applications, that is key for the transition of the mega-datacenter customers from 40G to 100G," says Joshua Yeh, senior VP of AOI's Network Equipment Module business unit. "Through this collaboration, coupled with our internally sourced 25G laser diodes and 100G light engines, AOI is excited to offer customers volume production of 100G transceivers optimized for data-centers," he adds. 

"This multimillion dollar order from AOI marks the beginning of a collaboration in support of AOI's market-leading position in the 100G optical data-center access market, builds upon on our success in the 100G long-haul and metro optical market, and underscores that MACOM is well positioned to benefit as 100G continues to ramp in data-centers," says Preet Virk, MACOM's senior VP & general manager, Networks. "We have the requisite technology, products and application support to enable data-center customers faster time to market while solving their most complex connectivity issues," he believes. 

Tags: M/A-COM QSFP28 100G optical modules

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