NeoPhotonics Adds Integrated Coherent Transmitter (ICT) To Its Suite of Next Generation PIC-Based Optical Components for 100G Coherent Transport
Integrated Coherent Transmitter (ICT), Narrow Linewidth micro-ITLA
and SFF Type 2 ICR Enable Higher Port Density On 100G and Above Coherent
Line Cards and Transponders
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 10, 2014--
NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE:NPTN), a leading designer and
manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based
optoelectronic modules and subsystems for bandwidth intensive high speed
communications networks, today announced that it is adding an Integrated
Coherent Transmitter (ICT) to its suite of next generation small form
factor Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) based optical components for
100G Coherent Transport. These products utilize Photonic Integration to
reduce the size and power requirements of 100G coherent optics to enable
higher port densities on linecards and in transponders. NeoPhotonics’
products for 100G will be on exhibit at the Optical Fiber Communications
(OFC) Exposition in San Francisco, California, March 11-13.
NeoPhotonics’ Integrated Coherent Transmitter (ICT) is designed to
reduce the size of the transmitter optics for a 100G coherent transport
link by a factor of four compared to current approaches. The device
combines a narrow linewidth tunable laser with a dual polarization QPSK
modulator in a single compact package. The modulator section utilizes
PIC Integration to combine multiple elements onto a single chip and
consists of four InP based Mach-Zehnder modulators including integrated
phase and balance control along with VOA functionality and monitor
photodiodes. The ICT also provides a second optical output port that can
be used as the local oscillator for the coherent receiver, thereby
reducing the number of lasers required in a coherent line card or
transponder. NeoPhotonics expects to begin sampling the ICT to key
customers in the middle of the year.
In addition to the ICT, NeoPhotonics offers both Narrow Linewidth
Tunable Lasers (NLW-TL) and Intradyne Coherent Receivers (ICR) in
standard form factors and has now added small form factor versions of
each of these components to its portfolio. These new products build upon
NeoPhotonics’ field-proven PIC technology and take advantage of
established, reliable and high-volume manufacturing capability.
The narrow-linewidth, micro-Integrable Tunable Laser Assembly
(micro-ITLA) utilizes NeoPhotonics PIC technology, which allows the
integration of many active and passive photonic functions within single
chip elements, and is designed to fully support the OIF implementation
agreement (OIF-microITLA-01.0). This micro-ITLA is designed to support
the high optical output power and the narrow linewidths required for
next generation coherent network architectures, while at the same time
lowering the electrical power consumption and reducing the laser
footprint on a line card by more than a factor of three. The micro-ITLA
supports off-grid tuning and incorporates a VOA function. NeoPhotonics
is currently sampling multiple customers with the micro-ITLA and expects
to enter General Availability in the second half of 2014.
NeoPhotonics is also currently sampling to multiple customers its Type 2
Small Form Factor Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Type 2 ICR), which is
less than half of the size of currently shipping ICRs. Built on the same
PIC integration platform as NeoPhotonics’ standard Type 1 ICR, the Type
2 ICR is designed to fully support the OIF Implementation Agreement
(OIF-DPC-RX-01.2) and incorporates an integrated VOA on the signal path,
a monitor photodiode (MPD), and automatic gain control operation (AGC).
The RF pins are on 1 mm pitch and follow a GSSG format. This versatile
device is well-suited for both single incoming channel and multiple
incoming channel applications. NeoPhotonics expects the Type 2 ICR to
enter General Availability in the second half of 2014 as well.
These small form factor products are also designed to scale to 200G and
400G applications using higher order modulation schemes.
“We are excited to expand our portfolio of PIC based products for 100G
transport and beyond with the addition of the ICT, micro-ITLA and Type 2
ICR, which taken together allow us to provide our customers with all of
the optical elements necessary for next generation systems” said Tim
Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Photonic integration, such as
NeoPhotonics possesses, is the key to providing customers with the high
performance, small size and lower electrical power consumption that are
necessary to achieve the line card densities that are now required”
continued Mr. Jenks.
NeoPhotonics will exhibit its suite of standard and small form factor
PIC-based components for 100G coherent line-side applications, along
with its 100G client-side CFP and CFP2 transceivers and its next
generation transceivers for access networks in Booth 1815 at the Optical
Fiber Communications (OFC) Exposition at the Moscone Center in San
Francisco, California, March 11-13.
NeoPhotonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic
integrated circuit, or PIC, based optoelectronic modules and subsystems
for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. The
company’s products enable cost-effective, high-speed data transmission
and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks.
NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO
9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon
Valley (USA), Japan and China. For additional information, visit www.neophotonics.com.
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