OIF approves 400 Gbits/s Coherent Receiver IA

Created September 5, 2017
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Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members recently approved what the organisation says are important updates to the Micro Intradyne Coherent Receiver Implementation Agreement (IA). The new IA introduces three classes of receivers, distinguished by their RF frequency response, to support Flex Coherent DWDM transmission to 400 Gbits/s and beyond.

The OIF says it continues its efforts to look beyond 100G by selecting a 400G implementation technology option. The newly published Flex Coherent DWDM Transmission framework document specifies a single technical approach for diverse network applications, including long-haul, metro and data centre interconnection. One of the objectives of this work is to provide direction on the technical developments required by system and component providers.

“Our system vendor members continue to flow down future system requirements so that component suppliers can be ready with products to support their designs,” observed Karl Gass of Qorvo and the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group – Optical Vice Chair.

The OIF is also planning its next global transport SDN Interop demonstration. Building on the OIF 2016 Global SDN Transport API Interoperability Demo, the goal is to show APIs at work in key commercial transport SDN use cases. The OIF is seeking input from the service provider community, including those that have not participated in past interop demonstrations. Interested parties can click on the following link to to complete the anonymous survey by September 8, 2017 and help shape the next interop demo.






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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.