OIF announces multi-vendor ‘interoperability demo’ at OFC

Created March 14, 2017
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The Optical Internetworking Forum has announced that member companies are to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability of Pluggable Coherent Optics, 56G Electrical Interfaces and for the first time, FlexE (Flex Ethernet) in live, operating environments. The demo will take place at OFC in Los Angeles from March 21-23, 2017.

“It’s important for the industry that companies continue to test and prove interoperability of these key technologies,” said Steve Sekel of Keysight Technologies, and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair. “The interoperability demo serves as an important validation phase for the implementation agreements that the OIF is working on. This demo provides important feedback that devices designed to the draft specifications actually interoperate.”

The OIF’s Physical and Link Layer working group demonstrations include live 56G electrical interface interoperability with multiple silicon suppliers over a range of channel reaches from VSR (chip-to-module) to LR (backplane and copper cables) using both NRZ and PAM4 modulations.

The expanding ecosystem for CFP2-ACO pluggable coherent optics will be showcased through live demos. Test equipment for 56G and coherent optics will also be demonstrated. The FlexE demo provides on-going validation of the implementation agreement.

Demo participants include Amphenol, Credo Semiconductor, Finisar, GlobalFoundries, Keysight Technologies, Lumentum, Molex, TE Connectivity, Xilinx and Yamaichi Electronics.

OIF member companies have teamed up to demonstrate significant progress in delivering an interoperable ecosystem of suppliers and solutions for critical market needs, inclding: 56Gbps live electrical signaling over all reaches; CFP2-ACO Optical Interoperability; and FlexE (Flexible Ethernet). Public demonstrations will be on display March 21-23, 2017 at OFC in Los Angeles, CA in OIF Booth #3853.

Also at OFC, the OIF will present “Enabling Next Generation Physical Layer Solutions” and host a workshop on “Serial 100Gbps electrical”. With the above mentioned 50Gbps CEI projects nearing completion, the industry is beginning the task of addressing serial 100G electrical links.

To register for the workshop, click here.

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This article was written
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.