AES Semigas


21 June 2022

II-VI and ADVA unveil first 100ZR pluggable coherent transceiver for optical network edge

Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA and open optical networking solutions provider ADVA of Munich, Germany have launched what is claimed to be the first 100ZR pluggable coherent transceiver. Jointly defined and purpose-built for the optical network edge, the coherent 100ZR transceiver is rated for both commercial- and industrial-temperature (C-temp and I-temp) operating ranges. The new 100ZR digital coherent optics (DCO) transceiver features the Steelerton coherent digital signal processor (DSP). Co-funded by both companies, this all-new DSP is said to be completely unique to the marketplace.

ADVA’s new pluggable 100ZR transceiver.

Picture: ADVA’s new pluggable 100ZR transceiver.

The rapid growth of data traffic in 5G wireless and broadband access networks is driving demand for next-generation transmission technology that enables service providers to expand the capacity of their bandwidth aggregation infrastructure at the edge of the network. The new coherent 100ZR transceiver now empowers service providers to deploy 100Gbps coherent transceiver technology in the access network easily and affordably. These benefits are achieved due to the transceiver’s unique features, including a coherent DSP optimized for 100ZR, cost-efficient silicon photonics technology, a standard QSFP28 interface, and Flextune technology.

“With this new application-specific transceiver technology, service providers can now benefit from the simplicity and robustness of coherent technology in the access network and seamlessly upgrade millions of 10Gbps Ethernet links to 100Gbps,” says Henning Hinderthür, VP of product line management at ADVA. “While this product design is perfectly tailored to this application, it will also achieve economies of scale by leveraging II-VI’s track record of manufacturing transceivers in high volume,” he adds.

“We’ve had great feedback from both carriers and OEMs on this product, and are pleased to partner with ADVA on this key milestone for the industry,” states Matthias Berger, VP, coherent technology, at II-VI Inc. “The transceiver includes the Steelerton DSP, a first-of-its-kind and game-changing coherent processor, due to its small size and low power consumption, which are both key to achieving the standard QSFP28 power dissipation requirement of less than 5W,” he adds. “What makes this transceiver even more compelling for carriers is the embedded auto-tunable Flextune technology, which lowers operational expenses by simplifying network deployments. It’s the ideal combination of cost-effective coherent technology with plug-and-play ease of use.”

The new coherent 100ZR transceiver plugs directly into existing head-ends, switches and routers, enabling existing network elements to transmit 100Gbps signals over links stretching up to several hundred kilometers. The 100ZR transceivers are offered in both C-temp and I-temp variations to meet a broad range of deployment options, including central offices and local exchanges, as well as in more challenging ambient environments, such as in street cabinets.

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