Semiconductor specialist GigOptix, Inc. has partnered with the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz Institute (HHI) in Germany to develop a volume production process for 100Gbps pluggable CFP and CFP2 optical transceiver modules based on polymer technology. CFP modules support high-speed telecom applications such as coherent 100Gbps optical transmission.
“This partnership combines the best 100-Gbps polymer technologies into CFP and CFP2 packages,” claimed Dr. Raluca Dinu, general manager and vice president of the optics product line at GigOptix, Inc. “The thin-film polymer-on-silicon technology that we have developed provides a foundation for smaller system-in-package optical transceivers.”
The reference platform will incorporate GigOptix’s active polymer modulator based on thin-film polymer-on-silicon (TFPS) technology as well as Fraunhofer HHI’s indium-phosphide tunable laser on a polymer integration platform. Specifically the modules will contain an integrated polymer transmit optical sub-assembly (TOSA), using the GigOptix TFPS modulator chip, and an integrated receive optical sub-assembly (ROSA). The integrated TOSA module will be available initially with GigOptix’s GX62455 100Gbps quad driver with more highly integrated solutions under development.
“Integration of GigOptix’s electro-optic polymer modulator together with HHI’s passive polymer toolbox functionalities in an industry standard module provides a compelling solution, both in terms of power and size,” confirmed Dr. Martin Schell, department head photonic components of HHI. “We feel that the partnership with GigOptix provides excellent optical synergy and represents the best path to commercialize our polymer technology.”
GigOptix is now shipping advanced engineering samples of its LX8240 polymer modulators for 100-Gbps coherent telecommunications for customer’s evaluation and qualification. Engineering samples of the GLX1000 are expected to be available as early as the first quarter of 2014.
The company has also formed a local subsidiary, GigOptix GmbH, to work closely with Fraunhofer HHI and other regional partners.
By Pauline Rigby
Pree release: GigOptix and Fraunhofer-HHI Announce Strategic Partnership to Develop Production Ready Reference Platform of 100Gbps Coherent Polymer-based Transceiver for CFP and CFP2 Applications