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30 May 2018

Oclaro and Acacia partner on 100/200G CFP2-DCO products

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Acacia Communications Inc of Maynard, MA, USA (which manufactures high-speed coherent optical interconnect products) and Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which provides components and modules for optical communications) say they are enabling a multi-vendor environment of fully interoperable CFP2-DCO modules based on Acacia’s Meru digital signal processor (DSP). Oclaro plans to launch a new CFP2-DCO module that will feature plug-and-play compatibility with the Acacia CFP2-DCO, providing two proven coherent optics suppliers for the 100/200G CFP2-DCO form factor.

CFP2-DCOs are becoming increasingly important for higher-speed optical networks because they integrate the coherent DSP into the pluggable module. The digital host interface enables simpler integration between module and system, resulting in faster service activation and a pay-as-you-grow deployment model for telecom providers whereby the cost of additional ports can be deferred until additional services are needed.

The CFP2-DCO pluggable coherent modules from Oclaro and Acacia support transmission speeds of 100G and 200G for use in access, metro and data-center interconnect markets. This form factor is being introduced by multiple network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) in switch, router and transport platforms. The CFP2-DCO modules support four times higher density than current-generation 100G CFP-DCO solutions by doubling the data rate in a smaller, lower-power, pluggable module enabling customers to quickly and cost-effectively roll-out 200G networks. In addition to proprietary operating modes, both companies intend to support the requirements of the Open ROADM MSA (multi-source agreement) for interoperability at 100G.

“Network operators and our system partners are excited about the ramp of our CFP2-DCO module,” says Acacia’s chief technology officer Benny Mikkelsen. “By partnering with Oclaro to ensure interoperability with their Meru-based CFP2-DCO module, we believe we will be better positioned to address the DCO market as industry trends shift favorably toward the CFP2 form factor… Broader adoption of 200G CFP2-DCO modules will be mutually beneficial to our two companies and the customers we serve,” he believes.

“Our 43Gbaud coherent transmitter receiver optical sub-assembly (TROSA) is at the heart of our CFP2-DCO,” says Beck Mason, president of Oclaro’s Integrated Photonics business. “The TROSA leverages proven indium phosphide PIC [photonic integrated circuit] technology from Oclaro’s highly successful CFP2-ACO to achieve industry-leading optical performance in a small form factor,” he claims. “By establishing a fully interoperable solution with Acacia, our customers will have two sources of supply for these critical components, enabling them to efficiently upgrade their networks to higher speeds.”

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Visit: www.acacia-inc.com

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