ECOC 2020: EFFECT Photonics debuts SFP+ solution for edge deployments

Created December 14, 2020
Technologies and Products

EFFECT Photonics, which manufactures highly integrated optical communications products based on its DWDM optical System-on-Chip technology, has shown its 10Gbps 40km DWDM Narrow Tuneable SFP+ module at virtual ECOC 2020. Designed to operate from 1Gbps to 11.3Gbps, it is hot pluggable, has narrow band tunability, and is compatible with multiple network applications and transmission formats such as 10GE, CPRI, OTN, Fibre Channel. The module, which features EFFECT’s NarroWave technology, is now in full production is optimised especially for MBH (Mobile Backhaul) and Fibre Services with 10GE and CPRI as protocols, Local Area Networks (LAN), and Mobile Fronthaul over single-mode fibre (SMF) optical links, P2P and passive networks. Effect says it reduces sparing and configuring costs in optical networks significantly. With more than six channels available per module, narrow tuneable modules are well suited for fronthaul deployments, where remote radio heads use multiples of three antennas to cover a full 360 degrees. Especially important with regard to green computing aspirations and 5G-XHaul applications, is the low power of these modules with typical power consumption of 1.8W (max. 2W) compared to the 2.3-2.5W typically seen in tuneable modules. All these different elements combined make narrow tuneable modules the perfect match for current and future networks.

NarroWave technology-enabled SFP+ modules with auto-tune and remote digital diagnostics

NarroWave is a new feature that allows customers to monitor and control remote SFP+ modules from the central office without the need to make any hardware or software changes in the field. NarroWave enables automatic tuning and power-balancing, and is agnostic of vendor equipment, data rate or the protocol of the in-band traffic. All features make EFFECT Photonics’ SFP+ modules a powerful asset in the toolkit of any telecom provider looking to drive down cost and increase quality of service of its 5G network.

EFFECT says the key enabling technology for DWDM systems is full monolithic integration of all photonic components within a single chip and being able to produce these in volume with high yield at low cost. With this capability, EFFECT Photonics is addressing the need for low cost DWDM solutions driven by the soaring demand for high bandwidth connections between datacentres and back from mobile cell towers. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, with additional R&D and manufacturing in South West UK, with sales partners worldwide.

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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.