OFC: NeoPhotonics’ CFP-DCO pluggables hit 400Gbps over 1,500km

Created June 8, 2021
Technologies and Products

NeoPhotonics Corporation says it has used its Multi-Rate CFP2-DCO coherent pluggable transceivers to effectively transmit at a 400 Gbps over a distance of 1,500 km in a 75 GHz-spaced DWDM network. The 1500 km demonstration was carried out on NeoPhotonics Transmission System Testbed using production modules with enhanced firmware and utilised 75 GHz spaced channels, taking the adjacent channel crosstalk-induced penalty into account.  The transmission system contains 19 in-line erbium-doped fibre amplifiers (EDFA).

To achieve the data rate over the distance, the modules were operated at 69 Gbaud using 16 QAM modulation.  Probabilistic constellation shaping and a soft-decision forward error correction codec were used to achieve a required OSNR of approximately 20 dB, which is comparable to coherent line card port performance from leading chassis-based coherent systems. NeoPhotonics says the modules each consumed considerably less electrical power than line card solutions operating at comparable data rates and distances.

The 400G CFP2-DCO coherent pluggable transceiver modules use NeoPhotonics high-performance Indium Phosphide-based coherent components, along with its ultra-narrow linewidth tuneable laser.  The components are all shipping in high volume into multiple coherent system applications and include the Class 40 CDM, a polarisation multiplexed, quadrature coherent driver modulator (CDM) which features a co-packaged InP modulator with a linear, high bandwidth, differential driver, and is designed for low V-Pi, low insertion loss and a high extinction ratio; a Class 40 High Bandwidth Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) designed for >60 GBaud symbol rates; and the Nano-ITLA which is based on the same external cavity architecture as NeoPhotonics’ Micro-ITLA and maintains comparable ultra-narrow linewidth, low frequency phase noise and the low power consumption in a compact package approximately one half the size.

“Coupled with our recent demonstration of 800 km 400 Gbps transmission using our 400ZR+ QSFP-DD, our CFP2-DCO 400G 1500 km transmission brings the use of pluggable modules in regional and long-haul networks closer to reality,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “The ability to implement a long-haul coherent transponder in the size and power envelope of a pluggable module is a testament to the progress that has been made in photonic integration and DSP development, and has the potential to be a game changer for telecom as well as DCI networks.”

For more information, visit www.neophotonics.com




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.