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NeoPhotonics Announces Shipments Of Class 60 Coherent Components

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Pilot shipments of InP-based modulator and receiver target 800G and above coherent transmission

NeoPhotonics has announced limited availability of Class 60 versions of its Coherent Driver-Modulator (CDM) and Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR). These components are now shipping in initial quantities to multiple customers and address the next generation of 96 GBaud and above systems.

NeoPhotonics Class 60 CDM and Micro-ICR are mechanically compatible with their Class 40 counterparts and provide a natural upgrade path to higher baud rates supporting data rates that include 800G applications.

Optical system performance improvements enabled by operation at these increased baud rates enable NeoPhotonics customers to pack more data over longer distances for better economics, lower cost per bit, lower operating expenses and lower power consumption, all under the same hardware envelope as they currently enjoy using NeoPhotonics Class 40 components.

NeoPhotonics Class 60, polarisation-multiplexed, coherent driver modulator (CDM) features a co-packaged InP modulator with four linear, high bandwidth, differential drivers, and is designed for low modulation voltage, or V-Pi, low insertion loss and a high extinction ratio. The compact package is compliant with the form factor of the OIF Implementation Agreement #OIF-HB-CDM-01.0. NeoPhotonics Class 60 High Bandwidth Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) is designed for 96 GBaud symbol rates, essentially tripling the rate of standard 100G ICRs. The compact package is compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-DPC-MRX-02.0.

These components are designed to work together with NeoPhotonics' 'Nano' Ultra-Narrow Linewidth external cavity tuneable laser, which cuts the size approximately in half compared to current Micro-ITLAs, while featuring industry leading linewidth, low phase noise and low electrical power consumption.

“We are pleased to be shipping initial quantities of our Class 60 coherent modulators and receivers, which along with our Ultra-Narrow Linewidth external cavity 'Nano' tuneable laser, provide a complete suite of components enabling customers to efficiently implement 800Gbps per wavelength coherent communications systems,” said Tim Jenks, chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We are further extending the bandwidth of our InP coherent integration platform by developing Class 80 components for 130 Gbaud operation as we continue to serve the highest speed-over-distance applications,” concluded Jenks.

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