Smartoptics intros low-cost 100G PAM4 solution

Created December 19, 2018
Technologies and Products

Scandinavian provider of open optical networking solutions Smartoptics has introduced a new, cost-optimised, fully automated 100G DWDM product. This provides open 100G DWDM transport using Smartoptics’ DCP-M Open Line System (OLS) and 100G PAM4 QFSP28 DWDM transceivers. The system is targeted at DataCentre Interconnect (DCI), metro aggregation and distributed access in fixed and mobile networks at distances up to 80 km.

Smartoptics’ 100G DWDM solution for short and medium reach interconnects is an addition to the company’s inventory of DWDM transport systems that use embedded transceivers and OLSs. The new model integrates the 100G PAM4 QFSP28 DWDM transceiver and the DCP-M family of active multiplexers with fully automated client and line side control loops for plug-and-play operation. Smartoptics’ CP-M is produced in four versions for either 8 or 40 channels, dedicated for either low-cost 100G DWDM PAM4 traffic or for applications demanding any mix of PAM4, NRZ and coherent 100G or 400G channels. It is designed to deliver up to 4 Tbps of bandwidth over a fibre pair, and consumes less than 6 W/100G and 1U of datacentre rack space when deployed with PAM4 technology. The company says this compares to around 45 W/100G for a traditional coherent solution with significantly lower density. To cater for situations where the switch/router does not allow for embedded 100G PAM4 transceivers, or when a dedicated demarcation point is required, the 100G DWDM solution also includes the new DCP-108 high-density, eight channel transponder for 100G DWDM PAM4.

“Smartoptics has spent the last year enhancing its open optical networking platform for 100G DWDM between datacentres and other major network locations,” commented Magnus Grenfeldt, Sartoptics CEO. “The result is an open line system with unprecedented features and ease of use, providing enterprises, governments and service providers with the easiest and most cost-efficient way to interconnect sites.”

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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.