OFC 2023: Jabil debuts 800G AOCs

Created March 14, 2023
Technologies and Products

Jabil Inc has debuted an 800G Active Optical Cable (AOC) family aimed at optics-enabled network and data centre architectures while supporting the continuing surge of artificial AI, cloud, high-performance computing (HPC), and ML applications. Jabil says AOC addresses rising demand for low-cost, high-performance, short-distance interconnects.

The AOC family is available in two configurations to offer data centre operators increased deployment flexibility. The first supports point-to-point communications at speeds up to 800Gbps over distances of up to 100 meters. The second is a breakout-cable which connects a single 800Gbps interface with two 400G QSFP-DD modules. The breakout cable is suitable for connecting next-generation switches operating at 800Gbps with existing ports operating at 400Gbps without requiring additional conversion or mapping. The 800G AOC product will be available in both QSFP-DD and OSFP form factors from the second half of 2023. Development is underway on 400G AOC products to extend the product line while accommodating a wide range of applications, as the company expands its photonics business unit’s design, manufacturing, and testing capabilities.

“Jabil’s investments in key enabling technologies and world-class facilities are driving the availability of game-changing photonics solutions and capabilities,” said KW Hoo, vice president of the photonics business unit, Jabil. “With the introduction of our 800G AOC family, we meet immediate needs for low-cost, high-performance, short-distance interconnects. Jabil’s ability to push the boundaries of photonics technology is backed by strong product design, precision manufacturing, and packaging services that advance optical communications excellence on behalf of our global customers and valued partner ecosystem.”

(Image: Jabil Photonics)

For more information, visit www.jabil.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.