Acacia Communications introduces CFP2-ACO module based on silicon PIC

Created April 19, 2016
Technologies and Products

Acacia Communications, a developer of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, has started sampling modules based on the CFP2-ACO Implementation Agreement defined by the Optical Internetworking Forum. The CFP2-ACO modules contain all components necessary for dual polarization coherent transmission and utilize an analog RF interface to a coherent Digital Signal Processor residing on the host board. Acacia’s CFP2-ACO module will work with other DSPs in the market including Acacia’s DSP.

The CFP2-ACO is capable of supporting both 100G DP-QPSK and 200G DP-16QAM modulation, at a power consumption rate which is below the 12W set forth in the OIF Implementation Agreement guidelines. This module represents the fourth Acacia product family to utilize its integrated coherent silicon PIC. Acacia has been shipping silicon PICs in volume since November 2014 in its AC100-CFP product family and also in its 400G AC400 flex product family.

“We believe we can efficiently ramp the CFP2-ACO through the utilization of the same silicon PIC technology that is currently shipping in volume on two other Acacia products,” said Acacia’s President and CEO Raj Shanmugaraj. “The CFP2-ACO has been adopted by some system vendors who have their own in-house DSP technology and we believe that Acacia’s CFP2-ACO module addresses this new portion of the coherent market.”

The company develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By converting optical interconnect technology to a silicon-based technology, a process Acacia refers to as the “siliconization of optical interconnect,” Acacia is able to offer products that meet the needs of cloud and service provider customers in a simple, open, high-performance form factor that can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment.


By Matthew Peach


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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.