Wednesday, June 14, 2023

POET samples its chiplet transmitter for 400/800/1.6 transceivers

POET Technologies announced alpha sample readiness of a chiplet-based transmitter platform for 400G, 800G and 1.6T pluggable transceivers and co-packaged optics solutions. Two lead customers have agreed to partner with POET to test the alpha version of the Infinity chiplet. POET expects to deliver beta samples by Q4 of 2023 and start production by the first half of 2024. 

The POET Infinity chiplet complements the POET 800G 2xFR4 Receiver optical engine that the company announced in February 2023, and completes the 800G chipset for 2xFR4 QSFP-DD or OSFP applications with two Infinity chiplets and one Receiver optical engine. Both customers intend to develop 800G 2xFR4 QSFP-DD and OSFP transceiver solutions using the POET Optical Engine chipsets.

POET said its Infinity chiplet is the industry’s first implementation of directly modulated lasers (DMLs) for 100G/lane applications. DMLs are power efficient, cost effective and become a highly scalable solution when paired with the POET Optical Interposer platform. The chiplet incorporates 100G PAM4 DMLs, DML Drivers and an integrated optical multiplexer for a complete 400GBASE-FR4 transmitter solution on a chip. The small size of the chiplet and a daisy-chain architecture enables side-by-side placement of multiple instances to achieve 800G and 1.6T speeds.

“The availability of a transmitter solution for 400G, 800G and 1.6T speeds that is power efficient, cost effective and highly scalable for the data center market is a major achievement,” said Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, Chairman & CEO of POET. “Our customers are excited to receive the samples and test them because it simplifies their transceiver design significantly and shortens the design cycle with POET optical engines that incorporate all of the required optical elements as well asthe key electronic components, including laser drivers and trans-impedance amplifiers.”

Iceland's Mila picks Ciena for 400G upgrde

Míla, the largest telecom infrastructure company in Iceland, selected Ciena to increase the country’s bandwidth capacity and 5G capabilities.

Míla provides fiber access, mobile xHaul, and Layer 2/3 VPN services to wholesale, commercial, and residential customers in Iceland.

The deployment includes Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, WaveLogic Ai coherent technology, 5164 Router, Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, and Ciena Services.

Ciena said its solution delivers:

  • A four-fold increase in line rate per wavelength—from 100Gb/s to 400Gb/s—with even greater capacities possible in the future
  • Flexibility to quickly move capacity where it’s most needed via an agile photonic layer
  • Simplified, cost-effective aggregation of TDM, IP, and Ethernet services on one network
  • Greater operational performance and efficiency with an open, easy-to-manage network
  • Improved reliability with PinPoint OTDR, which enables precise localization of potential trouble spots to decrease outage risks and accelerate repair times
  • Confidence in project success with end-to-end network design, migration, configuration, and testing services.

“Míla places great importance on the continuous development of its telecommunications infrastructure, and this deployment of Ciena’s innovative optical and IP technology demonstrates its commitment to providing a great customer experience on a high-performing network—whether domestically or internationally as an important hub for subsea cable connections,” said Virginie Hollebecque, Vice President of EMEA at Ciena.

Dell'Oro: Data Center Physical Infrastructure market rises 18% yoy

Data Center Physical Infrastructure (DCPI) market revenue growth accelerated for the fifth consecutive quarter to 18 percent in 1Q 2023, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. This elevated level of growth was supported by a combination of easing supply chain constraints, resulting in increases of unit shipments, as well as continued price realization as vendors passed on higher costs of raw materials, components, and logistics. Despite this growth, vendor backlogs did not come down from historic levels, prompting upward revisions from DCPI vendors and to our 2023 DCPI forecast.

 “Discounting the market rebound in 2Q 2021, related to the soft Y/Y comparison brought on by Covid, I’ve never witnessed such elevated growth in the DCPI market since I began covering it in 2015,” said Lucas Beran, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Even as new orders expectedly declined in 1Q 2023, vendor backlogs did not, with many vendors reporting book-to-bill ratios at or near 1.0x. This was certainly a surprise, and increases my confidence in the 2023 market outlook and overall health of the DCPI market,” added Beran.

Additional highlights from the 1Q 2023 Data Center Physical Infrastructure Quarterly Report:

  • Vertiv and Mitsubishi Electric notably gained revenue share in 1Q 2023.
  • North America, Asia Pacific (excluding China) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were the fastest-growing regions in 1Q 2023, at double-digit growth rates. The Caribbean and Latin American (CALA) revenue growth slowed to a single-digit rate, while China was the only DCPI market with revenues to decline Y/Y.
  • Product growth was broad-based, but thermal management and cabinet PDU and busway grew at the fastest rates as a result of easing fan and breaker supply chain constraints. IT racks and containment was the only market segment with revenue growth to meaningfully decelerate.

Dell’Oro Group’s worldwide DCPI revenue growth forecast for 2023 was raised to 12 percent. This upward revision was due to multiple DCPI vendors raising full year guidance as supply chain constraints ease. 2023 revenue growth will continue to be supported by historically high DCPI vendor backlogs, with higher growth in the first half of the year.

Expeto delivers enterprise mobility platform for luxury retailer

Expeto, a start-up specializing in enterprise networking over private and public mobile networks, is working with The Webster, a luxury fashion retailer with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

The Webster will roll out the Expeto NeXtworking platform to harness the power of public mobile connectivity for a consistent next-gen shopping experience and streamlined operations, including pop-up retail sites at some of the world’s leading entertainment and sporting events, including sites already delivered at the Sundance Film Festival and the NBA All-Star game in 2023.

 “Our NeXtworking enterprise mobility platform is proven to deliver exactly the functionality that can overcome The Webster’s challenges, many of which are common hurdles throughout the retail industry,” said Michael Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of Expeto. “The Webster can now tailor new shopping experiences to customers in support of its brand promise and future vision aspirations. It’s all about unlocking options and gaining control quickly using connectivity that is already everywhere the company wants to be.”

Expeto's key capabilities:

  • Global cellular control. Retailers gain enterprise networking control, visibility, and systems over public mobile networks globally, define secure SD-WAN paths in support of privacy and data sovereignty, and can take advantage of OT applications requiring QoS Wi-Fi can’t support.
  • Improved supply chain operations. Latency-sensitive warehouse robots, video analytics applications and physical security solutions everywhere they are needed can be supported, with better coverage for barcode scanners, RFID readers, surveillance cameras and more.
  • Better logistics fleet operations. Expeto supports real-time ability to diagnose and fix cellular connectivity issues impacting vehicle tracking and maintenance, and capability to add subnets for new vehicle fleet systems.

UK's Telcom deploys IP Infusion for disaggregation

Telcom, an internet services provider that is deploying A full-fiber network in key regions across the UK, selected IP Infusion to disaggregate and upgrade its network infrastructure. This network upgrade is to facilitate their national rollout to key cities in the UK, including Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, and Birmingham. 

Telcom will be using a combination of IP Infusion OcNOS software with white-box hardware from Edgecore and UfiSpace to upgrade and interoperate with its existing Cisco, Nokia and Juniper equipment for Aggregation Router and Cell Site Router use cases. This disaggregation strategy provides an incremental upgrade path to deliver modern networking features, as well as providing rapid return on investment by supporting a plurality of hardware vendors.

Nomios has played a crucial role in supporting Telcom, providing extensive pre-sales and sales support, technical consultation, and strategic planning for future network expansions on behalf of IP Infusion, empowering Telcom to optimize its network infrastructure to meet the increasing demands for city metro broadband.

“Utilizing IP Infusion OcNOS has enabled us to push a rich and diverse feature set out to the edge of the network, giving us greater flexibility and variety of services available to our customers,” said Ben White, Principal Network Architect for Telcom. “We find we can gain the same features and functionality as organizations using traditional vendors, but with more diversity on equipment choice and a more nimble vendor able to react according to market trends quicker, all at a better price point.”

“Telcom’s decision to choose IP Infusion really speaks to the maturity and value proposition of open networking in today’s marketplace,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion. “With Internet access fast becoming a modern necessity — as much as any other utility — IP Infusion continues to be a top-tier choice for leading service providers looking for reliability and performance.”

HPE names Bethany Mayer to Board of Directors

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) appointed Bethany Mayer, former president and CEO of Ixia, to HPE’s Board of Directors, effective today. She will also serve as a member of the Board’s Technology Committee.

Since 2018, Mayer has served as an executive advisor to Siris Capital, a private equity firm specializing in technology investments, and she has extensive experience on both public and private company boards. Mayer led Ixia, a leading network testing and security solutions provider, through a transformative period culminating in its sale in 2017 to Keysight Technologies Inc.

Before Hewlett-Packard Company’s 2015 separation into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. and prior to joining Ixia in 2014, Mayer led the expansion of Hewlett-Packard Company's networking business as senior vice president and general manager, focusing on innovative technologies and strategic partnerships. Her efforts were instrumental in strengthening the company’s position in the networking market. Previously, she was vice president, marketing and alliances, for Hewlett-Packard Company’s Enterprise Servers Storage and Networking Group.

“With a diverse background spanning senior leadership roles in both global corporations and technology startups, Bethany has demonstrated a remarkable ability to navigate the dynamic and complex technology landscape while driving business growth,” said Patricia Russo, chair of the Board of Directors, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “HPE and our Board will benefit from her strategic mindset, strong leadership skills, and commitment to innovation.”