26 April 2010


GigOptix starts shipping 100G DP-QPSK driver

GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, USA, which designs modulator and laser drivers and transimpedance amplifier (TIA) ICs based on III-V materials as well as polymer electro-optic modulators, has begun shipping its high performance 100G DP-QPSK driver to a Tier 1 Telecom OEM. The customer’s name was not disclosed.

GigOptix says that the shipment signifies the culmination of more than two years developing a market leading driver, the first monolithic solution available for the next generation 100G DP-QPSK DWDM market.

Andrea Betti-Berutto, CTO of GigOptix, said: "We are very excited to be at the forefront of 100G market adoption. We decided more than two years ago to align our 100G development with our customer’s requirements and given our prior history of both providing high performance solutions and delivering on our commitments, we were chosen as a preferred partner to deliver drivers into their 100G platform."

”The demand for 100G transport technology in long-haul networks is being driven by telecom service providers seeking to handle increased customer traffic and bandwidth demands in a cost effective manner. The telecom industry has embraced 100G DP-QPSK DWDM optical network transport since it provides a cost effective system solution and system vendors are now developing and beginning to deliver 100G products” added Padraig O’Mathuna, VP of Marketing of GigOptix. “Deployment has been accelerated by internet content providers demanding more bandwidth to support the surge of data traffic being driven by their large data centers. We are delighted to be supporting our customers at the forefront of this important network evolution.”

Market research firm Ovum has forecasted that the 100G DP-QPSK DWDM lineside market will grow to over 16000 units by 2015, with a CAGR of 140%.

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