Tuesday, October 3, 2023

#ECOC23: Orange tests quantum over optical with Adtran

Adtran and Orange are collaborating on a lab trial of quantum key distribution (QKD) technology over an optical network.  

The trial featured Adtran’s FSP 3000 with OpenFabric technology for efficient encryption key distribution and optimized link performance. Leveraging a coherent 400Gbit/s DP-16QAM channel, the platform transported a QKD-secured data stream across two trusted nodes and three links, spanning 184km of standard, single-mode dark fiber. 

Both the Layer 1 encryption and hybrid key exchange used in the trial are enabled by Adva Network Security’s ConnectGuard solution.

The companies said one of the trial’s key achievements was overcoming data loss and distance constraints while transporting significant volumes of quantum-secure data alongside the quantum channel. The trial introduced a hybrid key exchange, blending classical asymmetric methods with QKD, creating a robust dual layer of security. While classical key exchange ensures immediate data protection in line with current cryptographic standards and governmental approval, QKD offers future-proof security, resilient against future computational advancements. 

“As we navigate the opportunities and challenges that quantum computing presents, it’s clear we’re at the beginning of a new era in network security. Our successful lab trial with Adtran highlights the magnitude of industry collaboration required to harness the full potential of quantum technology and secure our digital future,” said Gilles Bourdon, VP of wireline networks and infrastructure at Orange. “The synergy between Adtran’s FSP 3000 open optical transport technology, Adva Network Security’s ConnectGuard encryption, Toshiba’s latest QKD systems, and our expertise in network integration sets a formidable benchmark for quantum-resistant communications across Europe.”

“By utilizing a QKD trusted-node configuration provided by our technical partner Toshiba Europe/Japan, we’re showcasing some of the practical applicability of this technology in today’s networks. At Adtran, we’ve always been at the forefront of quantum security advancements, consistently applying the latest developments in QKD and post-quantum cryptography. This trial further underscores our dedication to pushing boundaries in this field,” commented Christoph Glingener, CTO of Adtran. “We’ve also always been committed to championing interoperability, promoting and contributing to open standards, such as the ETSI interface for QKD key delivery. Our latest collaboration with Orange emphasizes that an open, cooperative approach in the design and implementation of QKD solutions is indispensable to propel this vital technology at the speed we all require. Together, we’re setting the stage for a future where our data remains secure, irrespective of the challenges coming over the horizon.”

#ECOC23: Source Photonics intros 800Gbps SR transceivers and active cables

Source Photonics announced the availability of 800Gbps short reach multimode (MMF) transceivers and active cables for AI cluster connectivity. The devices are powered by the latest 5nm DSP technology and Linear Direct Drive implementation.

The 800G OSFP and 400G QSFP112 optical transceivers, active optical cables and active copper cables are fine engineered to exceed both the standard 800GbE and InfiniBand NDR performance requirements. 

The new offerings enable the datacenter connectivity speeds scaling to 800Gbps faster, using conventional cost-effective VCSEL technology while accelerating time-to-market deployment of plug-and-play pluggable optics.

“Source Photonics’ global engineering and manufacturing footprints have been helping our current customers massively deploy robust 400G network infrastructures worldwide with our market leading single mode transceiver products empowered by in-house EML lasers. Our continuous efforts working with industry partners to reduce the Cost-per-Gigabit and Power-per-Gigabit will lead AI/ML cluster connectivity more affordable and less power cost in operation”, said John Wang, CEO of Source Photonics, “The introduction of 800G short reach optics and cables covers well the 1m to 100m connectivity needs, and will significantly improve our customers’ time-to-market AI/ML clusters deployment.”


#ECOC23:ColorChip demoes 800G DSP and Linear Drive

ColorChip is demonstration 800G based on DSP, including additional 800G Single-Mode (SM) and Multi-Mode (MM) product lines, as well as its internally developed SystemOnGlass technology.

ColorChip is also showcasing its collaborative effort with leading silicon suppliers to release 800G LPO based transceivers consuming 4W (MM) and 7W (SM).

In addition, ColorChip Group said it is in advanced stages of developing an interposer platform solution that enables standardized Co-Packaged Optics (CPO) solutions. The interposer utilizes its SystemOnGlass technology, thus lowering power consumption and minimizing optical loss.

ColorChip has established a new Sales Organization in North America, led by CEO Yigal Ezra and VP Bryan Hall, along with Sr. Director of PLM Sharon Wang, Ph.D.


#ECOC23: AEPONYX shows Waveguide Isolator for PIC integration

 AEPONYX is showcasing its isolator waveguide (IWG) technology that guarantees precise alignment without the need for complex and costly lens alignments.

AEPONYX is also displaying its Silicon Nitride (SiN) based telecom and datacom product lines alongside its Tunable Optical Filtering/Switching (TOF/S) platform and Resource Optical Configuration System.

“AEPONYX is excited to return to ECOC and present the advances we have made in our hybrid integration platform. These advances now allow AEPONYX to release a new disruptive technology: the isolator waveguide (IWG). Bulky optical isolators are now a thing of the past!" explained Philippe Babin, the Chief Executive Officer of AEPONYX.

AEPONYX is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Intel to spin out Programmable Solutions Group under Sandra Rivera

Intel will separate its Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) operations into a standalone business effective 01-January-2024. The independent business will be headed by Sandra Rivera, who currently heads Intel’s Data Center and AI Group (DCAI. Shannon Poulin has been named chief operating officer (COO) of PSG.

Intel said it will consider inviting minority investors in the independent PSG business while contemplating an eventual IPO for the new firm.

The two companies will remain strategically aligned, including continuing PSG’s relationship with Intel Foundry Services (IFS), as they work together to address key areas of the FPGA market. Building on PSG’s highly successful Supply Resilience program pilot, the relationship with IFS will also uniquely enable PSG to give customers greater predictability of supply aligned to their needs, ensuring a more resilient supply chain.

“Our intention to establish PSG as a standalone business and pursue an IPO is another example of how we are consistently unlocking more value for our stakeholders. This will give PSG the independence it needs to keep growing share in the FPGA market, differentiating itself with capacity and supply resilience from IFS, and allowing Intel product teams to focus on our core business and long-term strategy,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “Sandra has proven herself by reinvigorating DCAI, placing it on a path for success. I am confident she will bring PSG that same dedication, energy and customer commitment.”

“This is an incredibly exciting day for me and the PSG team. Reestablishing PSG as a standalone business will enable us to unleash our full potential as we drive for leadership in this demanding and essential part of the semiconductor industry,” said Rivera. “Our strategic relationship with Intel will continue to be an advantage as it gives us maximum flexibility in how we address fast-growing markets like automotive and data center and communications.”

  • In 2016, Intel acquired Altera, a specialist in FPGAs, for $16.7 billion.