17 September 2012

Oclaro unveils 2nd-gen CFP cutting power consumption by 30% and 1st-gen CFP2 100G transceiver cutting size by 50%

Optical communications and laser component, module and subsystem maker Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA has announced a second-generation 100G CFP (Centum Gbit/s form-factor pluggable) transceiver and first-generation CFP2 100G transceiver for 10km transmission over standard single-mode fiber, which are being demonstrated in booth 444 at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2012) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (17-19 September).

The new transceivers deliver significant reductions in power consumption and size and are the industry’s first interoperable CFP and CFP2 solutions on the market, claims Oclaro.

They have also been designed specifically to meet the needs of higher-speed 100G networks for the core, metro, access, enterprise and data-center, where higher densities, lower power consumption and smaller size are key operator requirements for these next-generation network deployments.

Oclaro says that, leveraging its design, manufacturing and vertical integration strengths, the second-generation CFP delivers a 30% reduction in power consumption versus existing Oclaro CFP solutions and provides interoperability with the firm’s earlier CFP products.

Likewise, the CFP2 (a new form factor recently specified by the CFP MSA) delivers a 50% reduction in size over all existing CFP solutions on the market and is the first CFP2 solution to be interoperable with a first-generation CFP product, the firm claims. Oclaro reckons that this interoperability is a major competitive advantage for users, as it allows a fast and cost effective transition to the smaller and lower-power designs without having to sacrifice their original investments in earlier CFP solutions.

“Customers can now deploy lower-cost CFP/CFP2 solutions that pack backward-compatible interface and functionality onto lower-power consumption and smaller form factors,” says Tadayuki Kanno, chief operating officer of Oclaro Japan Inc and general manager of Oclaro Inc’s Modules & Devices business unit. “These solutions also offer the interoperability and standards-compliancy that is required from the major telecom and datacom operators,” he adds. 

The explosive growth of the 100G optical transceiver market, which analyst firm Infonetics Research expects revenue to grow by 10x from 2010 to 2016, is being driven by a shift to coherent networking and data-center switching growth. However, while 100G networks deliver the bandwidth increases that consumers are demanding, they have posed challenges for customers and telecom operators who need to maintain competitive price/performance, low power consumption, interoperability with earlier solutions, and compatibility with the industry’s newest standards. Oclaro says that, with its new CFP and CFP2 transceivers, it has leveraged its expertise in the core optical market with its history of delivering CFP products to achieve lower power and smaller size without sacrificing performance or interoperability.

The second-generation CFP is fully compliant with IEEE 100G Ethernet 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 and ITU-T G.959.1 4I1-9D1F standards and benefits from a CMOS gearbox IC that reduces power consumption and lowers cost relative to first-generation CFP designs. While first-generation CFP delivered 24W, the second-generation CFP delivers 16W. It utilizes more than 2 years of manufacturing experience of the first-generation CFP, and its in-house TOSA and ROSA technologies guarantee proven high quality and backward compatibility, says Oclaro.

The CFP2 transceiver is Oclaro’s first CFP2 design and is about 50% the size of all other CFP solutions on the market, increasing system front-panel port density from 4 to 8 ports. The smaller size is achieved by reducing the number of electrical lanes from 10 to 4 by applying a 25Gbps electrical interface per channel instead of 10Gbps and hence removing the GearBox from the module. More integrated in-house optical components are used, based on Oclaro's optical device technologies. Also, the CFP2 can optically interoperate with first- and second-generation CFP transceivers, allowing users to quickly and cost effectively transition to CFP2 designs as market requirements evolve. The CFP2 is also fully compliant with the MSA, IEEE and ITU-T specifications.

The second-generation CFP and CFP2 transceivers are currently sampling and are expected to be in volume production in early 2013

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