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Avago to acquire CyOptics

  • Avago to become the second largest optical component player
  • Company gains laser and photonic integration technologies
  • The goal is to grow data centre and enterprise market share
  • CyOptics achieved revenues of $210M in 2012 

How the acquisition of CyOptics will expand Avago's market opportunities. SAM is the serviceable addressable market and TAM is the total addressable market. Source: Avago

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Avago's latest optical engine targets active optical cables

Avago Technologies has unveiled its first family of active optical cables for use in the data centre and for high performance computing.

The company has developed an optical module for use in the active optical cables (AOCs). Known as the Atlas 75x, the optical engine reduces the power consumption and cost of the AOC to better compete with direct-attach copper cables. 


“Some 99 percent of [active optical cable] applications are 20m or less”

Sharon Hall, Avago




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40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFPs boost port density and reach  

Avago Technologies and Reflex Photonics have announced extended reach 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) QSFP+ transceivers.  As data centres grow in size, there is a need to link equipment over distances greater than 100m, as defined by the IEEE 40 Gigabit Ethernet standard.


"For the larger data centres being built today, reach is becoming more and more important"

I Hsing Tan, Avago

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Altera unveils its optical FPGA prototype

Altera has been showcasing a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip with optical interfaces. The 'optical FPGA' prototype makes use of parallel optical interfaces from Avago Technologies.

Combining the FPGA with optics extends the reach of the chip's transceivers to up to 100m. Such a device, once commercially available, will be used to connect high-speed electronics on a line card without requiring exotic printed circuit board (PCB) materials. An optical FPGA will also be used to link equipment such as Ethernet switches in the data centre.

"It is solving a problem the industry is going to face," says Craig Davis, product marketing manager at Altera. "As you go to faster bit-rate transceivers, the losses on the PCB become huge."

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Briefing: Optical Interconnect

Part 1: FPGAs

Programmable logic chip vendor Altera is developing FPGAs with optical interfaces. But is there a need for such technology and how difficult will it be to develop? 

FPGAs with optical interfaces promise to simplify high-speed interfacing between and within telecom and datacom systems. Such fibre-based FPGAs, once available, could also trigger novel system architectures. But not all FPGA vendors believe optical-enabled FPGAs’ time has come, arguing that cost and reliability hurdles must be overcome for system vendors to embrace the technology 


“One of the advantages of using optics is that you haven’t got to throw your backplanes away as [interface] speeds increase.”

Craig Davis, Altera



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Optical engines bring Terabit bandwidth on a card  

Avago Technologies is now delivering to customers its 120 Gigabit-per-second optical engine devices. 

Such a parallel optics design offer several advantages when used on a motherboard. It offer greater flexibility when cooling since traditional optics are normally in pluggable slots at the card edge, furthest away from the fans. Such optical engines also simplify high-speed signal routing and electromagnetic interference issues since fibre is used rather than copper traces.


Figure 1: Fourteen 120Gbps MiniPods on a board. Source: Avago Technologies

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OFC announcements and market trends 

Avago Technologies, Finisar and Opnext spoke to Gazettabyte about market trends and their recent OFC/NFOEC announcements. 

More compact transceiver designs at 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit, advancements in reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology and parallel optical engine developments were all in evidence at this year’s OFC/NFOEC show held in Los Angeles in March.


“MSAs are designed by committee, and when you have a committee you throw away innovation and you throw away time-to-market”  

Victor Krutul, Avago Technologies

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