II-VI intro’s high-speed InP lasers for datacentres, 5G optical infrastructure

Created February 27, 2020
Technologies and Products

II‐VI Incorporated has announced the introduction of its high-speed indium phosphide (InP) electro-absorption modulated lasers (EML) for datacentres and 5G optical access infrastructure.

The company says the upcoming combined demand for 400 Gbps transceivers in intra-datacentres and for 25 Gbps transceivers in fronthaul links to 5G antennas is rapidly driving a technology shift from directly modulated laser (DML) devices, deployed in high volume today, to more advanced EML devices that maintain transmission reach at higher bit rates. II-VI’s EML devices are designed for high reliability and high signal integrity, enabling transceiver modules operating at data rates of 100, 200, 400, and 800 Gbps for high-speed datacentre connectivity and optical access networks that provide fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul connectivity to 5G wireless base stations.

“Our highly proprietary electro-absorption modulator monolithically integrated with the laser and designed for non-hermetic packaging differentiates our InP technology,” said Dr. Charlie Roxlo, Vice President, Indium Phosphide Devices Business Unit. “Our world-class and highly reliable InP technology platform is one of the very few in the industry that has been proven with more than one hundred million lasers in the field deployed over the last decades.”

II-VI’s portfolio of InP components includes Fabry-Perot lasers, DMLs, and tunable lasers, as well as photodiodes for high-speed receivers and power monitoring. Lasers are available in LAN-WDM and CWDM wavelength plans. II-VI’s EMLs will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2020.

II-VI will showcase new products that make possible the 5G optical access and transport infrastructure, hyperscale datacentres, and LiDAR at OFC 2020. II-VI says these innovations enable communications networks to instantly ferry information across large distances and allow hyperscale datacentres to rapidly compile and analyse massive amounts of data. These capabilities will help bring to market new high-bandwidth and low-latency applications such as autonomous driving, telemedicine, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, transforming a broad range of industries as well as our daily lives. II-VI Booth will be located at Booth #3214.

For more information, visit www.ii-vi.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.