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Inphi And NeoPhotonics InP 100G Systems To Move Into The Next Dimension

The firms will attempt to accelerate the mass transition of indium phosphide optical modules into 100GbE products for cloud, data centre and 100G transport applications


 Inphi will offer its portfolio of 100G TIA and 100GbE iPHY solutions, which include PHY and Clock Data Recovery (CDR) chipsets along with its transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) to NeoPhotonics to use in its 100G optical product developments.

The mixed signal semiconductor devices offered by Inphi are designed to provide NeoPhotonics higher performance and lower power consumption for next generation optical modules and subsystems for high-speed transport and client-side applications.

Based on its patented iPHY architecture, Inphi recently announced the availability of its industry leading low power CMOS PHY and CDR solutions for 100GbE alongside the availability of its industry leading high-performance 100GbE TIA (see press announcements here). Inphi's CMOS PHYs and CDRs offer a substantial savings in power -- 3x less than currently available offerings -- in a 2x reduced area footprint, while improving reliability without sacrificing performance.

NeoPhotonics is a designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks.

"We continue to demonstrate our commitment to the ultra-high speed segment of the optical market by working with industry leaders like Inphi to offer high-speed products for transport, cloud and data center applications," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "Our next-generation 100G optical solutions can benefit from Inphi's technology leadership position in the 100G market and help us deliver high levels of performance and low power consumption for our PIC-based product portfolio."

"We are excited to cooperate with NeoPhotonics to accelerate the deployment of power and area efficient, cost optimised 100G products for cloud and enterprise data centres as well as for transport applications," said Young K. Sohn, President and CEO of Inphi. "Inphi remains uniquely positioned to deliver a platform level 100GbE solution with its portfolio of CMOS PHY ICs and high-performance PMD products, which will allow for faster deployment of next-generation 100GbE optical solutions in enterprise, data centre and service provider networks."

Cost-effective, energy-efficient 100GbE links will soon become essential tools for data centre and service provider networks, which are struggling to satisfy the global economy's relentless hunger for more bandwidth. With service providers and data centres demanding technology with low power consumption, Inphi's iPHY CMOS PHY solutions and NeoPhotonics PIC-based modules and sub-systems are designed to provide easy upgrades to 100GbE networks while retaining a lower carbon footprint.


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