NeoPhotonics debuts Class 60 Coherent modulator, receiver for 100+ Gb symbol rates

Created December 3, 2020
Technologies and Products

NeoPhotonics Corporation has added Class 60 versions of its Coherent Driver-Modulator (CDM) and Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) to its suite of High Bandwidth Coherent components, addressing the next generation of 100+ Gbaud systems to meet the ongoing growth in demand for bandwidth, especially between cloud data centres.   Optical performance improvement due to increased baud rates enables NeoPhotonics customers to pack more data over longer distances for better economics, lower cost per bit, lower operating expenses and lower power consumption, all under the same hardware envelope as they currently enjoy using NeoPhotonics Class 40 components.

These new Class 60 Coherent components extend the highest speed over distance performance of its existing Class 50 products by increasing the 3 dB bandwidth from 50 GHz to 60 GHz.  The Class 60 suite improves on the currently shipping Class 40 components, and allows increasing symbol rates from the current 64+ Gbaud rate to the higher 100+ Gbaud rates. These NeoPhotonics components work together to enable customers to implement single wavelength data transmission near one Terabit per second over datacenter interconnect (DCI) distances, and long-haul 400~500Gbps transmission.

Higher symbol rates increase data capacity while maintaining superior optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) and reach performance, thereby enabling the highest speed over distance use.   These new components are available in compact form factor packages suitable for use in pluggable modules and compact daughter cards.  NeoPhotonics Class 60 CDM and Micro-ICR are mechanically compatible to their Class 40 counterparts, and are a natural upgrade path for achieving the higher symbol rates (100+ Gbaud) in order to support 800Gbps and above data rates per wavelength applications.

“NeoPhotonics has supported our customers by being first to volume production of our products at each new speed node.  We are pleased to now offer Class 60 coherent modulators and receivers, which along with our ultra-narrow linewidth external cavity “nano” tunable laser, provide a complete suite of components enabling customers to increase the data rate per wavelength to one Terabit and beyond,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “We are continuing to extend the bandwidth of our Indium Phosphide coherent integration platform to serve the highest speed over distance applications,” concluded Jenks.

For more information, visit www.neophotonics.com

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This article was written
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.