13 March 2018
Molex debuts 100G PAM-4 based 25G/50G/100G/400G products for next-gen data-center and 5G wireless applications
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In booth 2512 at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2018) in San Diego (12-15 March), high-speed fiber-optic interconnect firm Molex Inc of Lisle, IL, USA has announced a portfolio of 100G and 400G products based on its 100G PAM-4 (4-level pulse amplitude modulation) optical platform, including multi-rate 25G/50G/100G PAM-4 DWDM QSFP28, 100G FR QSFP28, 400G DR4 and 400G FR4 QSFP-DD and OSFP transceivers.
“Molex is a leader in the development of the foundational building blocks for 100G PAM-4 optoelectronics, and in collaborations for digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits,” claims Rang-Chen (Ryan) Yu, VP of business development, general manager of optoelectronic solutions at Molex company Oplink, and co-chair of the 100G Lambda MSA (multi-source agreement). “By leveraging these combined capabilities, we support high-bandwidth requirements for a wide range of applications across intra-data-center, data-center interconnect (DCI) and 5G wireless. In addition, 100G PAM-4 technology also lays the foundation for cost-effective and high-density 400G solutions.”
Molex is promoting industry-wide adoption of 100G PAM-4 technologies through standards such as the IEEE and multi-source agreement (MSA) forums such as the 100G Lambda MSA.
The firm’s 100G PAM-4 platform-based products include:
- 25G/50G/100G multi-rate PAM-4 DWDM QSFP28 (which supports 40x100Gbps DWDM with a total of 4Tbps per fiber pair, and has flexible data-rate programmability to support 25Gbps and 50Gbps applications);
- 100G FR QSFP28 (which is compliant with the 100Gbps Lambda MSA, and supports 100G connectivity up to 2km);
- 400G DR4 (which is compliant with the 100G Lambda MSA, and supports 400Gbps connectivity up to 500m) and 4x100G FR QSFP-DD/OSFP (4x100G FR supporting four times 100G FR up to 2km);
- 400G FR4 QSFP-DD/OSFP (which is compliant with the 100G Lambda MSA, and supports 400Gbps connectivity up to 2km).