20 August 2010


Civcom shipping GigOptix driver in small-form-factor 10G 300-pin MSA transponders

GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, USA says that its GX6155 modulator driver has been adopted by optoelectronic component and module maker Civcom of Petach Tikva, Israel in its small-form-factor (SFF) 10G 300-pin multi-source agreement (MSA) transponders.

The GX6155 is a 12.5G Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM) driver for metro and long-haul LiNbO3 optical transmitters. It includes features such as MSA-compatible supply voltages, low power dissipation, high input sensitivity, low jitter degradation, and the ability to precisely set the output amplitude and eye crossing point. It is also RoHS-6 compliant and backward compatible with non-RoHS soldering.

“GigOptix’ GX6155 provides the features, performance and value we require to respond to the growing market demand for Civcom’s family of 10G SFF 300-pin MSA Free Light DWDM transponders,” says Civcom’s CEO Gabby Shpirer. “GigOptix has an extensive component-level portfolio that offers us the opportunity to extend cooperation with GigOptix beyond 10G applications into forthcoming 40G and 100G applications,” he adds.

The GX6155 is used in Civcom's Free Light long-reach tunable SFF 10G 300-pin MSA transponders. The Free Light transponder family is designed for DWDM applications offering equipment manufacturers high performance in a cost-effective SFF device, says Civcom. The SFF transponder uses a widely tunable laser covering the entire C-band over distances up to 80km. Availability with lithium niobate modulator gives equipment makers the flexibility to choose optimal solutions based on customer needs, the firm adds.

GigOptix’ CEO & chairman Avi Katz notes the strong market traction that Civcom is experiencing. “We look forward to supporting and contributing to Civcom's success and extending our partnership with them as they aggressively roll out 10G and 40G solutions,” he adds. “Joint activities in this direction are ongoing.”

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