23 March 2010


Luxtera announces OptoPHY transceiver for 40G Ethernet applications

Silicon CMOS photonics firm Luxtera Inc of Carlsbad, CA, USA has introduced its OptoPHY transceiver, which supports 40G Ethernet applications.

OptoPHY is the first CMOS Photonics-based single chip transceiver for on-board deployment, says the firm. Breaking cost barriers traditionally associated with optics, OptoPHY delivers low power consumption and long reach to surpass legacy copper and VCSEL-based multimode fiber transceivers.

OptoPHY features a smaller form-factor than traditional MSA modules and is ideal for switch interconnect and network interface controller (NIC) applications on servers.

At the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2010) in San Diego, CA, USA this week, Luxtera will work with technology partners, Tektronix and NetLogic Microsystems, to display its optical technology through live and static demonstrations. Luxtera will have a live demonstration of OptoPHY inside the Tektronix booth.

“Tektronix is proud to be supporting a live demonstration of the OptoPHY solution for 40G Ethernet. The Tektronix DSA8200 Series Oscilloscope is ideal for characterization and IEEE 802.3 compliance of 40G designs like Luxtera’s CMOS Photonics technology,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix.

OptoPHY is also ideal for server-to-switch interconnects in the emerging datacenter applications, says Luxtera. OptoPHY’s board-mountable, optical transceivers provide a reliable solution, extending 4,000 meters at power consumption under 200mW per 10G and benefits of fiber-optic EMI immunity.

“NetLogic’s industry-leading low power 10GbE SerDes technology, interoperating with Luxtera’s Silicon CMOS Photonics technology, provides an ideal solution for datacenter connectivity where low power, low latency links are required,” said Shantanu Mitra, vice president of marketing for Physical-Layer products at NetLogic. “Next-generation 40Gbps links based on Luxtera’s QSFP+ modules and NetLogic’s 40G PHY devices are now being developed to address the immediate need for 40Gbps connectivity.”

“Luxtera has already proven the success of Silicon Photonics transceivers in QDR InfiniBand applications and now we are bringing the benefits Silicon Photonics to the 40G Ethernet market. We are looking forward to the demonstration of product capabilities for Ethernet applications at this year’s OFC conference,” said Marek Tlalka, vice president of marketing for Luxtera.

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