15 September 2010


GigOptix launching 40G and 100G Bundled Solutions at ECOC

GigOptix Inc of Palo Alto, CA, USA says that it will showcase its new 40G and 100G Bundled Solutions at the 36 th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communications (ECOC 2010) in Torino, Italy next week (20-22 September).

The Bundled Solutions represent what GigOptix believes is an industry first for a company providing a complete solution set consisting of a transimpendance amplifier (TIA), thin-film polymer-on-silicon (TFPS) Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) with a matched driver for an optical application. The firm says that its Bundled Solution reduces a user‘s engineering expenditure, accelerates time-to-market for new products, and enables the use of GigOptix‘ low-power solutions with enhanced cost efficiencies. The Bundles will address 40G DPSK (differential phase-shift keying), 40G RZ-DQPSK (return-to-zero differential quadrature phase shift keying) as well as coherent 40G and 100G DP-QPSK (dual-polarization quadrature phase-shift keying) applications.

“As a leading supplier of the TIAs and drivers used to implement 10G, 40G and 100G optical transponders in high-performance telecom communications systems, we have developed an excellent understanding of our customers' challenges at the system level,“ claims VP of marketing Padraig O'Mathuna. “Our Bundled Solutions, comprised of a driver, modulator and receiver amplifier, are a new approach representing a strong value proposition for customers as well as a competitive advantage for GigOptix as these products are not currently available from any other single supplier," he adds.

"Today's supply chain requires customers to buy a modulator from one vendor, a driver from a second and a TIA potentially from a third vendor. Ensuring that all these components are correctly matched is critical for the optimal performance of the system and poses a challenge when designing, for example, a 100G transponder for manufacture,“ O'Mathuna explains. “At GigOptix, the TIA, driver and modulator designs are optimized to work together to achieve the best performance and power efficiency while reducing customers' R&D costs and development cycles,“ he points out. “With our TFPS MZM moving to production at our contract manufacturing partner Sanmina-SCI, GigOptix is meeting the design, logistical and cost issues challenging our customers by offering a fully integrated solution through a simplified supply chain."

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