II-VI, ADVA, debut first edge 100ZR pluggable

Created June 22, 2022
Technologies and Products

II‐VI and ADVA have launched the industry’s first 100ZR pluggable coherent transceiver. Jointly defined and purpose-built for the optical network edge, the coherent 100ZR transceiver is rated for both commercial and industrial temperature operating ranges. The transceiver features the Steelerton™ coherent DSP, launched earlier this month.

The new coherent 100ZR transceiver enables service providers to deploy 100 Gbps coherent transceiver technology in the access network thanks to the transceiver’s unique features, including a coherent DSP optimised for 100ZR, cost-efficient silicon photonics technology, a standard QSFP28 interface, and Flextune™ technology.

“With this new application-specific transceiver technology, service providers can now benefit from the simplicity and robustness of coherent technology in the access network and seamlessly upgrade millions of 10 Gbps Ethernet links to 100 Gbps,” said Henning Hinderthür, VP of product line management at ADVA. “While this product design is perfectly tailored to this application, it will also achieve economies of scale by leveraging II-VI’s track record of manufacturing transceivers in high volume.”

“We’ve had great feedback from both carriers and OEMs on this product, and are pleased to partner with ADVA on this key milestone for the industry,” said Matthias Berger, vice president, Coherent Technology, II-VI Incorporated. “The transceiver includes the Steelerton DSP, a first-of-its-kind and game-changing coherent processor, due to its small size and low power consumption, which are both key to achieving the standard QSFP28 power dissipation requirement of less than 5 watts. What makes this transceiver even more compelling for carriers is the embedded auto-tuneable Flextune technology, which lowers operational expenses by simplifying network deployments. It’s the ideal combination of cost-effective coherent technology with plug-and-play ease of use.”

The new coherent 100ZR transceiver plugs directly into existing head-ends, switches, and routers, enabling existing network elements to transmit 100 Gbps signals over links stretching up to several hundred kilometres. The 100ZR transceivers are offered in both C-temp and I-temp variations to meet a broad range of deployment options, including central offices and local exchanges, as well as in more challenging ambient environments, such as in street cabinets.

For more information, visit https://ii-vi.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.