ProLabs launches new 400G transceiver solutions

Created March 3, 2020
Technologies and Products

ProLabs has launched its latest portfolio of transceiver solutions designed to ensure smooth digital transformation and support next-generation 400G technology, which, says the company, organisations are currently struggling to harness despite its ability to revolutionise industry operations for the better.

ProLabs’ new solutions vow to facilitate the transition to 400G for organisations, minimising upgrade costs and investments across their networks. Its new range of universal transceivers offer a one-stop solution for laying the foundations to support 400G, eliminating the need for multiple components to reduce shipping, buying, installation and labour costs – while ensuring they are ready to meet the ever-increasing demands for the future.

“The dawn of 400G requires careful consideration and planning to avoid unwanted network gear and overhead investment,” said Ray Hagen, global product line manager at ProLabs (pictured). “Understanding the transceiver solutions available is key to data centre and network operators to minimise network hardware costs and ensure efficient business operations in terms of revenue and customer experience.”

The higher data rates offered by 400G are four times that of the current Non-Return to Zero (NRZ) signalling made possible via the application of PAM-4 modulation. However, such a significant technological advancement has resulted in interoperability issues with current network infrastructures, causing costs to soar as entire systems require replacement.

“Those still using 100G switches and transceivers to manage 400G will need to consider new options as the demands continue to grow,” continued Hagen. “400G transceivers typically transmit and receive with four lanes of 100G, making them incompatible with older infrastructures. This puts businesses at risk of digital transformation failure if they do not upgrade their networks to be able to withstand such advancements in application.”

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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.