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11 March 2019

MACOM launches first 400G-FR4 L-PIC for cloud data-center applications

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc of Lowell, MA, USA (which makes semiconductors, components and subassemblies for analog RF, microwave, millimeter-wave and photonic applications) has launched the MAOP-L564FP, a quad-channel silicon photonic integrated circuit with integrated lasers (L-PIC) for 400G-FR4 applications. The MAOP-L564FP is expected to enable easy scaling from 100G to 400G while significantly reducing cost due to the ease of assembly, calibration and test, while decreasing the production capital expenditures required.

Existing growth and demand for data is pushing cloud data-center providers to continue to scale their solutions, says MACOM. Developing highly integrated, high-performance and cost-effective products from its patented L-PIC technology platform, MACOM says it is enabling the transition to 100G, 400G and beyond with its fully MSA-compliant solutions for CWDM4, FR4 and FR1/DR1.

The MAOP-L564FP for 400G-FR4 includes coarse wavelength-division multiplexing (CWDM) lasers, 4-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) modulators, a CWDM multiplexer and monolithic monitor photodiodes. The device features high bandwidth and low power dissipation, and is designed to operate up to 80°C.

“MACOM is continuing to leverage our L-PIC platform to enable the cloud data-center market with fully optimized solutions for scaling to 100G, 400G and beyond,” says Vivek Rajgarhia, senior VP & general manager, Lightwave, at MACOM. “Leveraging our strong analog and photonic product and technology portfolio, our new 400G-FR4 device is expected to offer customers a high-performance, pre-engineered solution that reduces overall cost and investment while shortening time to market.”

The MAOP-L564FP uses the same pin out as the MAOP-L284CN L-PIC for CWDM4 applications (launched in March 2017), enabling customers to more easily scale from 100G to 400G.

Together with the new MAOM-005424 companion quad-channel driver and MAMF-11097A PIC controller, MACOM is providing a pre-optimized chipset solution co-developed for 400G cloud data-center applications.

See related items:

MACOM launches family of drivers for single-lambda 100G and 400G applications

MACOM launches L-PIC-enabled CWDM4 transmitter optical sub-assembly to drive cloud data centers and 5G optical connectivity

MACOM launches 100G CWDM4 transmitter L-PIC chipset for 400G for cloud data centers

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