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21 March 2017

Mellanox launches 100Gb/s silicon photonics optical engine product line

Mellanox Technologies Ltd of Sunnyvale, CA, USA and Yokneam, Israel (a supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for data-center servers and storage systems) has launched a line of 100Gb/s silicon photonics components to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud optical interconnects. The new product line provides module makers with access to a fully qualified portfolio of silicon photonics components and optical engine subassemblies.

“Our customers can now achieve significant time-to-market advantages for embedded modules and transceivers by using fully qualified, and cost-effective silicon photonics component and chip sets,” says Amir Prescher, senior VP of business development & general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. “PSM4 represents the highest-volume, most cost-effective and flexible building blocks for 100Gb/s for single-mode fiber transceivers for data-center applications,” he adds. “End customers benefit by having more supplier options and Mellanox benefits by scaling our high-volume silicon photonics products.”

Specifically, Mellanox is announcing the immediate availability of:

  • 100Gb/s PSM4 silicon photonics 1550nm transmitter, with flip-chip-bonded distributed feedback (DFB) lasers with attached 1m fiber pigtail for reaches of 2km;
  • 100Gb/s PSM4 silicon photonics 1550nm transmitter, with flip-chip-bonded DFB lasers with attached fiber stub for connectorized transceivers with reaches of 2km;
  • low-power 100Gb/s (4x25G) modulator driver IC;
  • 100Gb/s PSM4 silicon photonics 1310 and 1550nm receiver array with 1m fiber pigtail;
  • 100Gb/s PSM4 silicon photonics 1310 and 1550 receiver array for connectorized transceivers; and
  • low-power 100Gb/s (4x25G) trans-impedance amplifier (TIA) IC.

The components are fully qualified for use in low-cost electronics-style packaging, ensuring a low-risk, quick time-to-market advantage, says Mellanox. Because the silicon photonics platform eliminates the need for complex optical alignment of lenses, isolators and laser subassemblies, users can scale to high-volume manufacturing more easily and rapidly than traditional technologies, claims the firm.

Recently, Mellanox announced that it has shipped more 100,000 direct attach copper (DAC) cables and more than 200,000 optical transceiver modules for 100Gb/s networks, confirming the market demand and the firm’s high-volume manufacturing capabilities for 100Gb/s interconnect products.

Exhibiting in booth 3715 at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC 2017) in Los Angeles (21-23 March), Mellanox is showcasing live demonstrations of its 100Gb/s end-to-end switching, network adapter and copper and optical cables and transceivers solutions, including the following:

  • a live 200Gb/s silicon photonics demonstration;
  • Spectrum SN2700, SN2410 and SN2100 100Gb/s QSFP28/ SFP28 switches;
  • ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-5 25G/50G/100Gb/s QSFP28/SFP28 network adapters;
  • LinkX 25G/50G/100Gb/s DAC and AOC cables and 100G SR4 and PSM4 transceivers;
  • new Quantum switches with 40 ports of 200Gb/s QSFP28 in 1Ruchassis;
  • new ConnectX-6 adapters with two ports of 200Gb/s QSFP28; and
  • silicon photonics optical engines and components.

At OFC, Mellanox is demonstrating interoperability of its silicon photonics 100Gb/s PSM4 with Innolight, AOI, Oclaro and Hisense transceivers in both its booth and in the adjacent Ethernet Alliance booth 1709.

See related items:

Mellanox ships 200,000th optical transceiver module for next-gen 100Gb/s networks

Tags: Mellanox silicon photonics AOC

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