Sunday, September 18, 2022

SpaceX launches 54 more Starlinks with lasers

On Sunday, September 1, SpaceX launched 54 Starlink satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This was the sixth launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched CRS-22, Crew-3, Turksat 5B, Crew-4, CRS-25, and now one Starlink mission.

The mission was SpaceX’s 61st Starlink mission to date. 

It was SpaceX's 3rd Starlink mission in September and 28th Starlink mission this year.

ECOC22: ColorChip unveils 100G PAM4 400G & 800G transceivers

ColorChip is unveiling a full spectrum of 100G PAM4 400G & 800G optical transceiver and copper cable solutions at this week's the European Conference on Optical Communication conference in Basel, Switzerland. 

ColorChip will showcase its 400G and 800G optical transceivers and copper cables including Direct Attach Cable (DAC), Active DAC (ACC), Multi-Mode and Single Mode optical Transceivers, and Active Optical Cable (AOC) covering from 1st mm to 10km. Powered by its proprietary Hairtail+ copper technology and SystemOnGlass technology, ColorChip claims the best cost-performance in the market give the technology advantages over other implementations in the market. 

In addition to the datacom connectivity solutions, ColorChip will also introduce AV hybrid and pure fiber USB/HDMI/DisplayPort optical cable product lines for high-performance Audio/Video, AR/VR devices, and medical market where longer reach, minimum RFI/EMI impact, and higher bandwidth is highly preferred.

"The introduction of these products places ColorChip as a front runner in data center transceivers" said Yigal Erza, ColorChip CEO. "ColorChip's advanced technology and world class manufacturing enabled the company to deliver volume production with the capability to expand and scale our offering to partners who are looking for a company with the right capability and global operation scale to strengthen their supply chain security moving forward in the post-pandemic globalization."

ECOC22: Coherent intros micro-pump lasers for optical access

Coherent introduced I-Temp micro-pump lasers for extended ambient temperature operation in broadband optical access networks.

Coherent’s new industry-leading I-Temp micro-pump lasers are now capable of operating over the extended temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius, enabling optical amplifiers deployed at the network edge to withstand extreme weather conditions.

“The combination of small size, wide operating temperature, and low power consumption makes the I-Temp micro-pump a perfect solution for environmentally hardened optical amplifiers installed, for example, on utility poles,” said Dr. Richard Smart, Senior Vice President, ROADM Business Unit. “The I-Temp micro-pump leverages differentiated technology at every level of its vertically integrated design, including our GaAs semiconductor laser technology platform, with its proven reliability through decades of field deployments.”

The I-Temp micro-pumps maintain a steady output power of 400 mW with less than 2 W of power consumption and remain optimally wavelength-locked with a fiber Bragg grating, without the need for an internal cooler. They are available with 80 μm PM980 polarization-maintaining fibers and 125 μm HI 1060 bend-insensitive single-mode fibers.

Dell’Oro: Hyperscalers increased data center CAPEX by 45% in Q2

The U.S. cloud hyperscalers — Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft — increased data center capex by 45 percent in 2Q 2022, propelling global data center capex to new heights. However, demand pullback is anticipated among certain Chinese and Tier 3 US cloud service providers and select enterprise verticals, according to a newly published report from Dell’Oro Group.

 “Data center capex attained the highest growth in more than three years, driven by ongoing footprint expansion and adoption of accelerated computing by the US hyperscalers,” said Baron Fung, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “However, growth in other markets was mixed, as some enterprise customers are delaying their data center purchases due to mounting economic uncertainties, while others continue to contend with persistent supply challenges. Nevertheless, double-digit growth in server average selling prices from the transition to new server architectures and higher supply chain costs fueled topline growth for the quarter,” explained Fung.

 Additional highlights from the 2Q 2022 Data Center IT Capex Quarterly Report:

  • Backlog and higher equipment pricing are projected to drive data center capex in the second half of 2022.
  • The Top 4 US cloud service providers are scheduled to launch services in more than 30 new regions in 2022.
  • Data center capex growth is expected to moderate in all segments in 2023.

T-Mobile US scoops us more than 7,000 2.5 GHz licenses

 T-Mobile U.S. won more than 7,000 county-based licenses covering 81 million people primarily in rural areas in the FCC's recently-completed Auction 108.  The cost is $304 million.

best value, backed by the best customer experience from the best team. This additional spectrum only accelerates that mission,” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “Our competitors have been distracted, whether they were trying to become media conglomerates or were betting on the wrong 5G strategy, and their customers are paying the price. Meanwhile, we have been laser focused on being the best in wireless, and we’re seeing the results of that focus play out now.”

“We’ve been clear in our mission for years. We've supercharged the Un-carrier by building the leading wireless network in America – with leading breadth and depth – and paired it with the

FCC grants first Satellite-to-Mobile license to Lynk Global

The FCC granted the first-ever commercial license for a satellite-direct-to-standard-mobile-phone service to Lynk Global. The license enables Lynk to launch commercial services for its global constellation of satellites later this year.

Lynk launched Lynk Tower 1, the first satellite covered by the FCC license, on April 1. Lynk is scheduled to launch three more satellites — also known as Lynk Towers 2, 3 and 4 and Lynk’s 7th, 8th, and 9th cell-towers-in-space — later this year as the company advances toward deploying its global service. Lynk has signed contracts with 15 mobile network operators (MNOs) in 36 countries representing over 240M mobile subscribers, and is actively testing in 10 countries.

Steve Case, Chairman of Revolution (Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund is an investor in Lynk) and Co-Founder of America Online (AOL) stated, “Having co-founded America Online, I understand and support Lynk’s mission to connect everyone on Earth via its satellite-direct-to-cell-phone service. With the FCC approval of the world’s first commercial satellite-direct-to-phone license, Lynk is one major step closer to achieving its goals. Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund is proud to back a business that recognizes the value in connecting the 8 billion people on this planet—from both a business and global safety perspective.”

ECOC22: Broadcom’s Silicon Photonics Chiplets in Package

What's Next at #ECOC22 for Broadcom? 

Broadcom's Silicon Photonics Chiplet in Package (SCIP). 

Rebecca Schaevitz, Product Line Manager & Principal Engineer at Broadcom, provides an introduction. 

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ECOC22 Update: ADVA's Optical Engines

Think optical engines!

Here is an overview from Saeid Aramideh, VP of Business Development, Optical Engines Business Unit, ADVA.

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ECOC22: Ragile's NPO and CPO switching projects

At the 2021 OCP Summit, Ragile demonstrated a 25.6T NPO proof-of-concept switch for COBO.

At OFC 2022, Ragile showed a 51.2T NPO mechanical demo in collaboration with the OIF CPO working group.

What's next? Here is a perspective from Kevin Yao, Business Director, Ragile Networks.

ECOC22: Optiworks update on high speed transceivers


What's Next at #ECOC22 for Optiworks? 

Think high speed transceivers for data centers.

Here is an overview from Jacob Sun, VP of High Speed Transceivers, Optiworks.  

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