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Micas Networks announces new co-packaged optics switch


Networking company Micas Networks has announced it has collaborated with Broadcom to introduce a 51.2T co-packaged optics (CPO) switch. The company says this is the industry’s first such product, and is intended to accelerate the adoption of CPO network switches for AI/ML cloud infrastructures.

Micas defined the system architecture of the new switch, working closely with Broadcom, to develop hardware and software for field deployment of the 51.2 Tbps (51.2T) CPO switch system. The company added that it has also verified the design and will provide the fully tested CPO switch system.

According to Micas, this joint effort is an outcome of their custom data centre networking switch development services, which are conducted in collaboration with prominent data centre and cloud service providers to jointly develop state-of-the-art networking products. The company says the focus is on seamless alignment that is customised to the specific use case requirements of cloud, AI/ML and other high-performance, low-power data centre applications.

“We strive to deliver fast time-to-market and to shrink development cycles down to nine months while working with leading technologies,” said Max Simmons, CMO of Micas Networks. “This methodology combines with our deep bench of engineering expertise, supply chain management and manufacturing capabilities to make us the go-to-provider for hyperscale networking needs.”

The new switch, which will become part of the Micas product portfolio, features Broadcom’s 51.2T Bailly CPO switch device that includes their Tomahawk 5 switch chip directly coupled to and co-packaged with eight 6.4-Tbps Silicon Photonics Chiplets in Package (SCIP) optical engines.

“Bringing co-packaged optics (CPO) to market will require world-class innovation and execution through the entire supply chain from chip to system,” said Manish Mehta, VP of Marketing and Operations, Optical Systems Division, Broadcom. “Broadcom’s collaboration with Micas on the Bailly 51.2T CPO project is an important step in delivering the complete value proposition of CPO.”

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