NeoPhotonics samples its first CFP2-ACO module

Created May 16, 2016
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NeoPhotonics has begun sampling its CFP2-ACO class 3 optical module.

The line-side module is capable of transmitting 100 gigabits using PM-QPSK modulation over 1,000km and 200 gigabits over metro distances using PM-16QAM.

“After a lot of technology-bragging about the CFP2-ACO, this is the year it is commercial,” said Ferris Lipscomb, vice president of marketing at NeoPhotonics.

At the recent OFC show, NeoPhotonics demonstrated single-wavelength 400-gigabit transmission using more advanced modulation and a higher symbol rate, as well as a 100-gigabit link for inside the data centre using 4-level pulse-amplitude modulation (PAM-4) signalling.

The 400-gigabit demonstration of a likely next-generation CFP2-ACO used NeoPhotonics’ narrow linewidth tunable laser and its higher-bandwidth integrated coherent receiver. To achieve 400 gigabit, 32-QAM and a 45 gigabaud symbol rate were used.

Using 32-QAM curtails the transmission distance to 100km due to the denser constellation but such distances are suited to data centre interconnect applications.

The PAM-4 demonstration highlighted NeoPhotonics’ laser and receiver technology. The company showcased a single-wavelength link running at 112 Gbit/s using its 56Gbaud externally modulated laser with an integrated driver. The PAM-4 link can span 2km in a data centre.

“What is not quite ready for building into modules is the [56Gbaud to 112 gigabit PAM4] DSP, which is expected to be out in the middle to the second half of the year,” said Lipscomb.

The company will develop its own PAM4-based optical modules while selling its laser to other module makers.

By Roy Rubenstein

See also:

Press release: NeoPhotonics Announces Sample Availability of 100G Class 3 Coherent Pluggable CFP2-ACO

Press release: NeoPhotonics to Conduct Three Demonstrations Enabled by New Products for High Speed 100G to 400G Telecom and Datacenter Networks

Gazettabyte: NeoPhotonics showcases a CFP2-ACO roadmap to 400G


This article was written
by Roy Rubenstein

is the editor of and has been researching and writing about the telecom and semiconductor industries for over 20 years.