13 September 2011

Oclaro shipping 40Gbps coherent modules in volume

Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA, which makes optical communications and laser components, modules and subsystems, has announced volume shipments of its MI 5000XM 40Gbps coherent modules (launched at March’s OFC/NFOEC 2011 event).

Oclaro says that the announcement strengthens its high-speed optical networking coherent roadmap, which features a full range of component and module solutions designed to enable service providers to deploy highly scalable and flexible future-proof architectures. The firm is previewing its complete transponder portfolio in booths 1368 & 1370 at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communications (ECOC 2011) in Geneva, Switzerland (19–21 September).  

Bandwidth-intensive applications such as cloud computing, video, file transfer and online gaming are driving a transformation in the core network, says Oclaro. Service providers must cost effectively deliver the increased bandwidth and low latency needed for these new services, and they must be capable of provisioning new services quickly and with high resiliency to meet evolving consumer and business needs.

To accomplish this, service providers are transitioning to richer mesh network topologies with a photonics core, and adopting digital coherent transponder technology as a single scalable technology for core network applications, the firm says. Coherent transponders such as the MI 5000XM are critical components of these mesh networks, Oclaro claims, because they offer a reliable and cost-effective way of encoding large amounts of data into light signals needed to flow through the photonics core and then decoding the light signals at the connection end point.

“Volume shipments of our 40Gbps coherent modules put Oclaro in an even stronger technology position for helping our customers deliver flexible and agile high-bit-rate solutions for next-generation networks that utilize coherent detection,” says Per Hansen, VP of product marketing for Oclaro’s ONS business unit. 

The MI 5000XM delivers what is claimed to be leading optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) performance, low power consumption and high chromatic and polarization mode dispersion (PMD) tolerance. The transponder is designed to work both in dispersion-managed and unmanaged solutions, and can support distances up to 3000km without optical dispersion compensation.

As part of Oclaro’s high-bit-rate portfolio, the MI 5000XM can be used directly on blades already designed for an Oclaro 40Gbps transponder module, uses an industry-standard i2c interface, and provides fully autonomous set-up and control.

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