7 March 2012

GigOptix ramps production of GX6262 28G modulator driver for 40/100G applications

GigOptix Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which supplies semiconductor and optical components including modulator and laser drivers and transimpedance amplifier ICs based on III-V materials) has received a production order for its GX6262 - a 28Gbps Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driver designed for metro and long-haul optical transmitters - for use in a tier-1 telecom 40G dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networking system. Based on current orders and forecasts, GigOptix expects to ship more than $1m in revenue in 2012 from this product.

The GX6262 is capable of more than 7Vpp differential output for use in driving 40G differential quadrature phase-shift keying (DQPSK) indium phosphide (InP) modulators as well as 100G dual-polarity quadrature phase-shift keying (DP-QPSK) and 100G optical duobinary (ODB) modulators. The device features low RMS jitter degradation, an adjustable eye crossing point, and low power consumption of 2.7W while driving 7Vpp output voltage.

“We developed the solution in close cooperation with the customer to be fully compliant with their requirements,” says chief technology officer Andrea Betti-Berutto. “The fast production ramp validates GigOptix’s core strategy of customer-driven product development,” he adds. “The device is now actively being designed in to other customers’ 40G systems.”

According to a recent report, market research firm Ovum expects compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 107% for the 100G market and more than 40% for the 40G market. Moreover, these systems address the exploding bandwidth demands created by the mass adoption by consumers of cloud-based services, smartphones and tablets. “GigOptix is well positioned with a full portfolio of 100G and 40G drivers, modulators and transimpedance amplifiers (TIA) to a leading component supplier in the high-growth 100G and 40G markets,” believes Berutto.

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