Finisar unveils a bi-directional DWDM architecture

Created November 8, 2017
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Finisar has developed a bi-directional 10-gigabit SFP+ module for the metro-access market. The tuneable DWDM module is designed to expand capacity at locations where fibre is scarce. Finisar demonstrated the module working at ECOC 2017.

According to Finisar, interest is growing in using DWDM optics for wireless, metro-access and cable networks that are undergoing upgrades. The interest in DWDM at the network edge is due to a need to use fibre resources more efficiently. “We are seeing that globally, more and more dark fibre is being used up,” said Leo Lin, director of product line management at Finisar.

LightCounting Market Research’s latest forecast estimates that the global wireless transceiver market for 10-gigabit WDM will be approximately $400 million in 2022.

Finisar’s bi-directional 10-gigabit SFP+ product is also being aimed at two emerging ITU Telecom standards: G.metro and NG-PON2.

The G.metro standard supports up to 40 DWDM wavelengths using a 100GHz wavelength grid. Tuneable transponders each at 10Gbit/s are used and have a reach of up to 20km without amplification. In contrast, NG-PON2 is a time and wavelength division multiplexing, passive optical network standard that adds a few dedicated point-to-point WDM links as an overlay to the PON.

Finisar describes its design as a dual-band bi-directional DWDM approach. Two carriers are placed within a single 100GHz channel – one an upstream wavelength, and the other a downstream one – while 40 channels are used across the C-band.

A tuneable filter within the module matches the channel to the remote module’s tuneable laser, and selects the particular band in a given channel, either the upstream or downstream band. The result is that one bi-directional module can be used for all 40 channels. “One single part number for the far end and the near end,” said Lin.

Finisar is working to extend the reach of its 10-gigabit bi-directional tuneable SFP+ DWDM architecture beyond the current 40km to 60km with the use of a bi-directional EDFA. The company is also working on a 25-gigabit bi-directional module that will be available in 2019.

Meanwhile, select customers are evaluating samples of the 10-gigabit bi-directional SFP+. General availability is expected by mid-2018.

See also:

Press release: Finisar demonstrates industry’s first 100G QSFP28 eSWDM extended reach and 10G tunable BiDi transceivers for optical networking applications at ECOC 2017

Gazettabyte: Finisar’s 10 Gig bi-directional DWDM architecture


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.