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ASICs and digital signal processing heat up the optical marketplace

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Oclaro: R&D key for growth 

Alain Couder, Oclaro’s CEO, explains why he is upbeat about the photonics market and optical networking in particular.


“We didn’t sell to Intel,” explains Alain Couder, the boss of Oclaro. “Intel looked for a fab[rication plant] that has good VCSEL technology and that could scale and they found us.”  

Couder was talking about how Oclaro became a supplier of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) for Intel’s Light Peak optical cable interface technology. VCSELs are part of Oclaro’s Advanced Photonics Solutions, a division addressing non-telecom markets accounting for between 10 and 15 percent of the company’s revenues.

“I believe very clearly that if a component is available on the market, even if you are a module builder, you are much better off selling to your competition rather than having others do so.”

Alain Couder, Oclaro

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Alcatel-Lucent reveals its 100Gbps-coherent hand


It would be irresponsible of any system vendor to overlook a solution that can bring a cost advantage to their customer”


Sam Bucci, Alcatel-Lucent



What is being announced?

  • Alcatel-Lucent has a commercially available 100Gbps optical transmission system.
  • 40Gbps coherent transmission is also supported.

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The InfiniBand roadmap gets redrawn

The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) has announced a new roadmap for the low latency bi-directional link. What was Eight Data Rate InfiniBand will now be known as Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and be upgraded from 20Gbps to 26Gbps per channel. EDR will deliver a 104Gbps data rate in a four-channel InfiniBand (4x) implementation and 312Gbps when used as a 12-channel (12x) interface.


“We can already demonstrate in silicon a 30Gbps transmitter."

Marek Tlalka, Luxtera





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Ciena post-MEN

Ciena has been busy since completing the acquisition of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business back in March.


“The 40G and 100G technology were key to the deal and we made sure that the core team was still there”


Tom Mock, Ciena




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Infinera PICs 100Gbps coherent 

What is being announced?

Infinera is expediting its product plans, basing its optical transmission roadmap on coherent detection.

The company plans to launch a 100Gbps coherent transmission system in 2012. The design will be based on a pair of 5x100Gbps ultra-long-haul photonic integrated circuit (PIC) chips to enable its systems to deliver 8 terabits-per-second (Tbps) over a fibre.


“This change in roadmap is because of the successful development of our 100G coherent ASIC programme, and we have integrated five 100Gbps coherent channels onto one card.”

Drew Perkins, Infinera

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40Gbps, 100Gbps and beyond mind map

A mind map of the 40Gbps, 100Gbps and beyond high-speed optical transmission market to accompany the three-part April 2010 feature.



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