OFC 2023: Quantifi debut’s multi-wavelength, multi-port Laser 1300 series

Created March 1, 2023
Technologies and Products

Quantifi Photonics is to debut its Laser 1300 Series, a compact and scalable CW-WDM MSA-compliant laser test source at OFC. It is designed to enable the CW-WDM ecosystem and accelerate the adoption of multi-wavelength technology across emerging applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC) and high-density optics.

The Laser 1300 Series integrates Ayar Labs’ SuperNova™ laser technology and provides customers with a multi-port, multi-wavelength light source within a standardised PXIe module, offering synchronised triggering, a small footprint, simple integration, and Quantifi Photonics’ CohesionUI™ software interface. The first model to be announced, the Laser-1301, features eight channels, with eight CW-WDM MSA-compatible wavelengths.

The Laser-1301 (pictured) can be paired with the company’s existing PXIe-based products to build out a complete CW-WDM8 test solution. This includes the Laser-1226 and Laser-1227 (modules with individually controllable wavelengths at the MSA grid), Passive-1024 (CW-WDM8 multiplexer), Passive-1025 (CW-WDM8 demultiplexer), and the OSA-1001 (an optical spectrum analyser that covers the CW-WDM range).

Designed to meet CW-WDM MSA specifications, the Laser 1300 Series allows customers to characterise photonic integrated circuits for AI, HPC and high-density optics applications while also providing a scalable, reproducible light source for mass production testing. It also complies with the CW-WDM MSA specifications that standardises multi-wavelength optical sources.

“We are excited to partner with Ayar Labs and admire their trail-blazing technology that will unlock the potential of AI and High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems,” says Kees Propstra, vice president marketing and general manager Quantifi Photonics USA. “It’s well known that the external light source is a critical component of the co-packaged optics ecosystem. By combining the SuperNova™ CW-WDM-compliant light source with our proven PXIe-based optical test platform, we can offer a CW-WDM capable test platform to serve the growing demand in the market and enable the testing and validation of PIC-based optical interconnects and accelerate adoption across the industry.”

Chris Cole, chair of the CW-WDM MSA says, “This is a great example of what the CW-WDM MSA wanted to accomplish by publishing the first specification; the development of commercial laser sources for high wavelength count applications. We are now ready to start considering our next step, which is the development and publication of link specifications.”

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For more information, visit www.quantifiphotonics.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.