Tuesday, March 8, 2022

What's hot at #OFC22? 400ZR

 It comes as no surprise that one of the hottest topics from the past 3 years is still a hot topic at #OFC22.  400ZR is ramping with new applications now coming on, says Tom Williams, Vice President, Acacia - now part of Cisco.


ADVA launches BiDi pluggable for in access networks

ADVA introduced a new pluggable MicroMux Edge BiDi device for 10GbE connectivity deployments in wireless and wireline access networks.

The standards-compliant QSFP+ device offers four independent and bidirectional 10GbE optical interfaces. It supports single-fiber operations and provides up to 40km reach. The device ensures the same latency in both the transmit and receive directions, preventing issues with varying propagation delay.  The MicroMux Edge BiDi works in tandem with any third-party bidirectional SFP+ or with ADVA’s BX40U SFP+, which also features an industrial operating temperature range, making it ideal for outdoor deployments.

“Cloud enterprises services and residential broadband are driving the need for higher capacity in the last mile. But in many areas, deploying new fiber isn’t possible or the cost of leasing is simply too expensive. Our new MicroMux Edge BiDi is the answer. It minimizes fiber consumption by providing duplex communication over a single fiber. Open and pluggable, the MicroMux Edge BiDi is specifically designed for access networks where cost, space and latency come at a premium,” said Stephan Rettenberger, senior VP of marketing and investor relations at ADVA. “By enabling single-fiber operations, our new pluggable device is also perfect for use cases that cannot tolerate delay variations between upstream and downstream signals, such as meeting the stringent network synchronization demands of 5G.”

“In recent years, our MicroMux range has enabled a new approach to infrastructure expansion, empowering operators to smoothly upgrade their legacy networks without compromising real estate, power or spectral efficiency. Now we’re taking our innovation further with the launch of our MicroMux™ Edge BiDi. It packs the functionality of four independent 10GBase-BX40 interfaces into a single QSFP+ housing and delivers extended reach of up to 40km,” commented Saeid Aramideh, VP of business development at Optical Engines, ADVA. “Whether they’re providing mobile x-haul, wholesale Ethernet services or enterprise applications, our plug-and-play solution will enable network operators to greatly improve efficiency and unlock new value in their deployed infrastructure.”


What's hot at #OFC22? - LIPAC

David Park, CEO of LIPAC, introduces a new methodology of assembling any type of photonic and electrical ICs in a single package form factor using Advanced Semiconductor Packaging technology such as FOWLP. This  new methodology is called Optical System in Package, or O-SiP in short.

Eoptolink offers industrial temp 100G QSFP28 PAM4 transceivers

Eoptolink Technology introduced QSFP28 100G single lambda PAM4 transceivers for industrial temperature range (-40⁰C to +85⁰C) and designed for use in 500m, 2km and 10km 100 Gigabit Ethernet links over single-mode fiber. They support the IEEE802.3 100GBase standard.

Eoptolink says the extended temperature range performance becomes more critical as 100G PAM4 transceivers move closer to the edge of telecom networks.

The modules incorporate 1 channel optical signal, on 1311nm center wavelength, operating at 100Gbps data rate. This module can convert 4 channels of 25Gbps (NRZ) electrical input data to 1 channel of 100Gbps (PAM4) optical signal, and also can convert 1 channel of 100Gbps (PAM4) optical signal to 4 channels of 25Gbps (NRZ) electrical output data. The electrical interface of the module is compliant with the OIF CEI-28G-VSR and QSFP28 MSA.

“Our customers want to migrate their existing 10G network edge infrastructure to higher data-rates. Our 100G single lambda i-temp transceiver portfolio enables them to achieve this and do so in a cost effective way”, explains Sean Davies, Director Sales Americas at Eoptolink. “We are a leading supplier of 100G and 400G PAM4 transceivers so the addition of i-temp modules to our portfolio was a natural move and fits well within our portfolio. Our excellent R&D and production capabilities have allowed us to help our customers to face the network challenges.”


Eoptolink launches QSFP-DD 400G ZR and ZR+ transceivers

Eoptolink Technology launched QSFP-DD 400G ZR and ZR+ transceivers for DCI and metro applications.

Eoptolink 400G QSFP56-DD ZR transceiver module is capable of transmission distances up to 120km and compliant to the OIF 400G ZR standard, while 400G QSFP56-DD ZR+ transceiver module is capable of transmission distances up to 480km and compliant to the Open ZR+ standard. Both modules are using the Silicon Photonics (SiPho) based optical engine and the latest DSP generation that enables 400G coherent transmission. The QSFP-DD form factor and CMIS5.1 support makes them suitable for transmission applications using Ethernet switch equipment.

The new transceivers use Marvell's Deneb Coherent DSP.

“Eoptolink has long since been a leader for high-speed transceivers and adding coherent technology to our portfolio gives us a good foundation for further innovation,” explained Richard Huang, CEO of Eoptolink. “Coherent technology is a way forward to even higher speed interconnects. We believe that pluggable optics will continue to offer maximum flexibility to OEM/ODM switch vendors.”


Source Photonics readies 800G QSFP-DD800 and OSFP transceivers

Source Photonics confirmed that its 800G QSFP-DD800 and OSFP transceivers are ready for pre-production.

Source Photonics 800G PAM4 OSFP/QSFP-DD800 optical transceivers incorporates the in-house vertically integrated 53G EML laser chips and the state-of-the-art 7nm 800G DSP chip for lowest power consumption. It provides various optical fiber connector choices, a smooth transition from single to dual port 400G optics in the 800G form factor, that requires backward compatibility with the large installment base of fiber plants.

“Multiple 800G transceiver offerings in different form factors with various optical interfaces will be available to support our customers to smoothly upgrade their datacenter optical connection from 400G to 800G,” said Frank Chang, Chief Engineer, and head of the CTO office at Source Photonics. “After successful product demonstration and interoperability tests, these transceivers are ready for pre-production now, and we are accepting volume orders from key customers.”

The product portfolio of 800G transceivers for Switching and Routing applications includes:


  • Supports the reaches of 500m, 2km and 10km 
  • Supports 8x100GbE and 2x400GbE breakout applications 
  • Compliant with IEEE P802.3ck D3.0 and IEEE 802.3cu-2021 standards 
  • Compliant with OSFP MSA 4.0 
  • Supports MPO-16 & Dual MPO-12 for backward compatible to 2x400GbE DR4 breakout

800G DR8 QSFP-DD800

  • Supports the reaches of 500m, 2km and 10km 
  • Supports 8x100GbE and 2x400GbE breakout applications 
  • Compliant with IEEE P802.3ck D3.0 and IEEE 802.3cu-2021 standards 
  • Compliant with QSFP-DD800 MSA HW Rev 6.01 Type 2A with MPO-16 connector

2x400G-FR4 OSFP

  • Supports the reaches of 2km, 6km and 10km 
  • Compliant with IEEE P802.3ck D3.0 and IEEE 802.3cu-2021 standards 
  • Compliant with OSFP MSA 4.0 
  • Supports Dual CS & Dual LC for legacy fiber plants

2x400G-FR4 QSFP-DD800

  • Supports the reaches of 2km, 6km and 10km 
  • Compliant with IEEE 802.3cu-2021 and IEEE P802.3ck D3.0 
  • Compliant with QSFP-DD800 MSA HW Rev 6.01 Type 2A with Dual CS connector

Google to acquire Mandiant

Google agreed to acquire Mandiant for $23.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion, inclusive of Mandiant’s net cash. The offer price represents a 57% premium to the undisturbed 10-day trailing volume weighted average price as of February 7, 2022, the last full trading day prior to published market speculation.

Mandiant will be integrated in Google Cloud.

Google Cloud said it is committed to advancing its security offerings to better protect and advise customers across their on-premise and cloud environments.

“Cyber security is a mission, and we believe it’s one of the most important of our generation. Google Cloud shares our mission-driven culture to bring security to every organization,” said Kevin Mandia, CEO, Mandiant. “Together, we will deliver our expertise and intelligence at scale via the Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform, as part of the Google Cloud security portfolio. These efforts will help organizations to effectively, efficiently and continuously manage and configure their complex mix of security products.”

“The Mandiant brand is synonymous with unmatched insights for organizations seeking to keep themselves secure in a constantly changing environment,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud. “This is an opportunity to deliver an end-to-end security operations suite and extend one of the best consulting organizations in the world. Together we can make a profound impact in securing the cloud, accelerating the adoption of cloud computing, and ultimately make the world safer.”

Trellix emerges from McAfee Enterprise + FireEye, ML extended detection and response

Symphony Technology Group (STG) announced the launch of Trellix, a new business that emerges from the previously announced merger of McAfee Enterprise and FireEye in October 2021.Trelix will deliver extended detection and response (XDR) to organizations with a focus on accelerating technology innovation through machine learning and automation. The company says its new name evokes the structure of a trellis, a strong and safe framework used to support...

FireEye relaunches as Mandiant

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Mandiant acquires Intrigue for attack surface discovery/assessment

Mandiant, a part of FireEye, has acquired Intrigue, a start-up focused on attack surface management. Financial terms were not disclosed.Intrigue offers an Open Platform For Comprehensive Asset Discovery and Risk-based Vulnerability Assessment. The company was founded in 2019 by Jonathan Cran, ex-Rapid7, Bugcrowd, and Kenna Security, developer of multiple leading security technologies, standards and frameworks.Mandiant plans to integrated Intrigue’s...

EFFECT Photonics acquires Viasat's Coherent Optical DSP business

 EFFECT Photonics agreed to acquire coherent optical digital signal processing (DSP) and forward error correction (FEC) technology as well as a highly experienced engineering team, from Viasat. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Viasat is a long-established player in DSP and FEC technology with eight generations of design IP.

From this acquisition, EFFECT Photonics said it will now own the entire coherent technology stack of all optical functions, including a high-performance tunable laser, together with DSP and FEC. 

EFFECT Photonics has also secured an additional $20M in Series-C funding bringing the total to $63M. Additionally, pursuant to the DSP acquisition agreement, Viasat will be joining EFFECT Photonics’ Supervisory Board and hold a minority interest in the Company.

“This is a significant step in accelerating our ambition to make coherent optical communications ubiquitous and further drive our product portfolio growth. We look forward to welcoming the team of highly skilled and experienced design architects and engineers who will be joining us to drive the development of energy efficient, high performance and affordable coherent solutions.


IP Infusion and Jabil Photonics debut 400G ZR OLS

IP Infusion and Jabil Photonics introduced a 400G Open Line System – the 400G ZR OLS.

The solution optimizes the transport of 400ZR signals over 80/120 kilometers by utilizing the IP Infusion OcNOS software stack to meet the massive demand for bandwidth globally.

Within the optical domain, this surge has impacted the products and modules that translate client signals into an optical signal, such as transponders and mux-ponders. Additionally, this surge is evolving towards pluggable coherent modules implementing 400G ZR/ZR+ standards that can be plugged directly into Ethernet switches and/or IP routers.

The new 400G ZR OLS is provided in a standard 1RU chassis and can be installed into the same Ethernet switch and cloud server rack. The product is available to end customers, network integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in a variety of business models, including as a white label.

“The need for disaggregated solutions has expanded fast from the data center to cell sites and gateways to optical transport networks,” said Stefano Schiavoni, vice president and GM of Jabil’s Photonics business unit. “The architectural change of transport networks allows for extended disaggregation and openness to optical line systems with particular focus on simple scenarios where the optical network is a point-to-point connection between data centers. As a result, operations become more simplified and lower cost are achieved. We are pleased to partner with IP Infusion, an open networking market leader, to enable customers to enjoy the advantages of this new architecture.”

“Disaggregated solutions for optical networks are essential to meet the growing global demand for 5G bandwidth,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “We are pleased to pair our highly scalable OcNOS® architecture with Jabil Photonics to offer a solution that’s a significant economic and technical breakthrough for network operators, bypassing vendor and technology lock-ins.”


Skorpios and ColorChip partner on optical modules

Skorpios Technologies and ColorChip announced a strategic relationship to provide optical modules.

Skorpios offers proprietary, wafer-scale, heterogeneous integration process known as Tru-SiPh™. This novel process leverages the existing silicon manufacturing ecosystem to enable high bandwidth interconnectivity at mature CMOS manufacturing costs.

ColorChip will sell modules under its own brand, and private label modules for sale by Skorpios at various speeds and performance levels. The companies also agreed to cooperate on future products such as Co-packaged Optics and Coherent Modules. 

"Skorpios' fully integrated optical functionality greatly simplifies our manufacturing and reduces our costs with known good die," said Yigal Ezra, CEO of ColorChip. "Our long experience building modules with integrated photonic platforms reaches its ultimate with Skorpios' product. We believe that Skorpios' Silicon Photonics technology combined with our multi-million unit annual capacity will help the industry to enable single mode transceiver pricing at 50 cents per gigabit for 200G, 400G and beyond."