Wednesday, September 27, 2023

ECOC: LESSENGERS leverages direct optical wiring in 800G

LESSENGERS introduced its new 800G transceiver product (800G OSFP SR8) featuring “direct optical wiring” (DOW) technology, which is a polymer-based air-cladded waveguide technology that is particularly useful for optical interconnects in the data center and high-performance computing environments. 

The new new 800G OSFP SR8 transceiver will begin volume production in the Q4 2023.

DOW connects the active photonic devices such as laser diodes or photodiodes directly to the optical fiber, providing high-density and high-speed optical signal connectivity between switches, servers, and other devices within the data center or HPC clusters.  LESSENGERS cites the following benefits:

  • No active alignment – cost-competitive optical coupling
  • No use of multi-channel lens assembly – near-zero optical crosstalk
  • No air gap – dramatically lower reflection noise
  • High degree of freedom in heat sink design – much lower junction temperature

“We are proud to announce the volume production of DOW-based 800G AOCs and transceivers,” said Chongcook Kim, CEO at LESSENGERS.  “The use of DOW technology enables us to achieve high-performance and low-noise optics by its nature allowing us to streamline the production process flow with complete automation.”

ECOC: MACOM showcases 200Gbps/lane devices

At next week's European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Glasgow, MACOM will be showcasing 200Gbps/lane optical links and 200G/lane copper cables enabled by its newest chipsets.

200Gbps/lane Live Demonstrations:

  • 226Gbps Laser Driver and TIA for 1.6T Optical Modules
  • 226Gbps per lane Active Copper Cable Equalizers Extending DAC Reach for 800G/1.6T Applications
  • 800G Multimode Fiber QSFP-DD (with DSP Partner) based on 112 Gbps per lane VCSEL Drivers and TIAs
  • MACOM PURE DRIVE 800G Linear Pluggable Module Solutions

Showcase of New Products and Capabilities:

  • High-Performance PIN Photodetector for 212 G per lane Applications
  • 8-Channel SiPh Drivers for 800 G and 1.6 T Single-mode PAM4 Applications
  • 226 Gbps EML and SiPh drivers for 1.6 T Optical Modules
  • 130 Gbaud Drivers and TIAs for Coherent Applications

Cox Private Networks Launches Neutral Host as a Service

Cox Private Networks introduced Neutral Host as a Service in partnership with InfiniG. This solution provides reliable cellular from multiple mobile network operations (MNOs) in environments with poor indoor cellular coverage.  It expands public cellular networks through a dedicated, customer-owned private wireless network.

 Cox said its expands its private network offerings and provides mobile users access to stable, high-speed cellular service in hard-to-service areas such as buildings with reflective building materials, concrete walls, or locations underground. The solution solves similar challenges that distributed antenna systems (DAS) address, but at reduced cost and complexity, while also addressing many previously unserved organizations, facilities, and industries.

The Cox Connected Environments Collaboratory at Arizona State University is deploying an on-campus pilot of the Neutral Host technology. Through the pilot, the Collaboratory will explore how the solution enhances the digital infrastructure that powers learning and working for both students and employees.

"Offering a neutral host solution to enhance indoor cellular coverage is the natural next step for applying private wireless technology and is one more way we can use private wireless networks to solve our customer's connectivity pain points," said Brett Lasher, general manager, Cox Private Networks. "Our Neutral Host solution empowers enterprises to finally take control of the quality of cellular coverage within their four walls and deliver the connectivity that employees, customers and guests require.”


Equinix provides cable landing station in L.A.for Southern Cross NEXT

Equinix will provide a key U.S.-based interconnectivity access point for the Southern Cross NEXT (SX NEXT) submarine cable system, which offers the lowest latency path from Australia and New Zealand to Los Angeles.  

SX NEXT will leverage Equinix's next-generation cable landing station (CLS) architecture and its Los Angeles data center, enabling rapid provisioning and cost savings for the cable network provider. 

Equinix notes that it has won 50 subsea cable projects since entering the business in 2015. More than 50 Equinix metros are CLS enabled, meaning that Equinix's data centers are close enough to the coast to be able to support a CLS deployment.

Arrcus teams with Red Hat on Multicloud Networking

Arrcus is collaborating with Red Hat to extend multicloud networking capabilities for service providers.

In collaboration with Red Hat, Arrcus brings a cloud-native approach, leveraging containerized and virtualized solutions, to help businesses adapt to the demands of the digital era. The centerpiece of this collaboration is the Arrcus multi-cloud networking platform, known as FlexMCN built on Arrcus’ ACE platform, which offers scalability, hyperscale performance, and cloud-native security for interconnecting enterprise data centers with cloud regions worldwide.

FlexMCN is tailored for service providers, colocation providers, and telcos, enabling them to extend their on-premise networks to multicloud environments seamlessly. 

Deploying and managing ArcEdge virtual routers across virtual private clouds (VPCs) and virtual networks (VNETs) in any region and cloud environment is simplified through the intuitive ArcOrchestrator console. Service providers can effortlessly deploy, connect, and secure numerous ArcEdges at scale, offering hub-spoke, full-mesh, or hybrid connectivity options. Furthermore, it simplifies cloud migration across multicloud environments with support for private and overlapping IP addresses along with network address translation.

"Our collaboration with Red Hat marks a significant milestone for our customers, bringing together Arrcus' cutting-edge network operating system with Red Hat's open source expertise,” said Arrcus Chairman and CEO, Shekar Ayyar. “We are excited about this collaboration as it empowers customers with a future-proof, scalable, and automated networking solution that can propel digital transformation to new heights."

Akamai expands in seven key cities

Akamai Technologies announced the addition seven core compute regions in key locations around the world: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Jakarta, Indonesia; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Milan, Italy; Osaka, Japan; and São Paulo, Brazil. This marks the third phase of Akamai’s latest core compute region expansion since their acquisition of Linode last year. 


● Akamai’s new region in Amsterdam joins Akamai’s recently launched Stockholm region to power customers in northwest Europe.

● The company’s Jakarta region is located in the heart of a nation experiencing a rapidly growing digital economy. Indonesia is anticipated to grow its internet users by 36 million between now and 2028.

● Akamai's new core compute region in Los Angeles, the media and entertainment capital of the world.

● The company's Miami-based core compute region lets the company better serve customers doing business in Latin America, bringing Akamai's distributed connectivity to a rapidly growing business hub, which has seen an explosion of tech talent and venture capital investment.

● Akamai’s presence in Milan puts a stake in the ground in Italy’s second-largest city. The Italian market for cloud services grew 250 percent from 2015 to 2022. In addition to serving customers in Europe, the location will also support customers in the Middle East.

● The company’s new Osaka region will connect Japan’s population of 125 million to the massively scalable Akamai backbone. Japan ranks eighth in the world for countries with the largest digital populations.

● With one of the largest and hardest to reach digital populations in Latin America, São Paulo is Akamai’s first core compute region in Latin America, with additional connectivity planned later this year.

Intel begins high-volume EUV production in Ireland

Intel commenced high-volume EUV production in Leixlip, Ireland.

The production in Fab 34 features the Intel 4 process technology.

The EUV scanner was supplied by ASML.

Vecima expands U.S. manufacturing

Vecima Networks, which supplies broadband access equipment, will expand manufacturing into the U.S. for certain products in its Entra portfolio to meet the proposed Build America, Buy America (BABA) requirements under the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.

Presently, two of Vecima’s broadband access products – the Entra SF-4X Remote Optical Line Terminal (OLT) and the Entra EN8100 Remote PHY Access Node – are compliant with the BABA requirements pertaining to the Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program, another IIJA program, and have been widely deployed across North America.

Vecima has been engaged with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information and Administrative Agency (NTIA), which is currently finalizing rules related to BABA domestic sourcing requirements for the BEAD Program. Vecima anticipates, based on the steps the company is taking today, that Vecima will be part of NTIA’s list of BABA-compliant vendors for the BEAD program upon finalization of those requirements and its U.S. manufacturing operations.

“Our current Entra fiber and cable access platforms have been broadly successful with service providers due to strong technical and operational differentiation,” said Clay McCreery, Vecima Chief Operating Officer. “Today’s announcement that we’re planning to build products in the United States demonstrates our continued commitment to the marketplace and to empowering communities with equitable access to the broadband networks that fuel progress.”