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8 January 2014

MACOM launches low-power quad-channel modulator driver for 100G coherent CFP and CFP2 modules

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc of Lowell, MA, USA, which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for RF, microwave and millimeter-wave applications, has made available samples of the newest addition to its portfolio of modulator drivers for 100G applications.

The MAOM-003405 is a quad-channel 32Gbps modulator driver IC for 100G coherent transponders in CFP and CFP2 form factors. Its low power dissipation, small size and high gain are key features that enable 100G coherent solutions in the size- and power-constrained pluggable form factors, MACOM says.

The MAOM-003405 has a differential input that meets the stringent CFP2 input voltage requirements, while the single-ended output voltage of up to 6.5Vpp is suitable for next generation optical modulators. The driver has low power consumption, low RMS jitter, and typical rise/fall times of 12ps, claims MACOM. The four channels are packaged in a single surface-mount package that is optimized for maximum isolation and minimum crosstalk between channels. The device is therefore suitable for real-estate-constrained users looking for a high-performance, low-power 100G modulator driver solution.

“With the previously announced MAOM-003404, MACOM now offers the smallest-size and lowest-power driver solutions for both single-ended and differential optical modulators for use in 100G coherent CFP and CFP2 modules,” claims said Vikas Manan, engineering director for Optoelectronics products.

“Demand for high-bandwidth services continues to increase and coherent optical processing lays the foundation for increasing bandwidth from 10G to 40G to 100G and beyond,” comments Daryl Inniss, VP & practice leader at market research firm Ovum Inc. “It offers the ability to make the network more programmable and unlocks new network architecture possibilities,” he adds. “Size and power continues to play an important role in the adoption of coherent-based optical modules. The MACOM solution helps to make the pluggable form factor an appealing technology.”

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M/A-COM introduces MAOM-003404 quad-channel differential modulator driver

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