Monday, March 7, 2011

Avago: Optical Innovations Drive Data Center, Storage, Telecom

Avago Technologies introduced a number of optical innovations at this week's the 2011 Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), including::

  • Sampling availability of its small-footprint MiniPOD embedded parallel optical transmitters and receivers that enable bandwidth of up to 120 Gigabits per second (Gbps). The embedded parallel optics allow fiber optic interfaces to be located close to an ASIC or FPGA. Applications could include next-generation supercomputers, high-performance routers, switches and other data center equipment enabling cloud computing, server virtualization and video-on-demand. The Avago MicroPOD embedded parallel optics are the world's smallest 120-Gbps optical transmitters and receivers. They offer 12 transmit or receive channels at up to 10.3125 Gbps while consuming only 125 mW per channel.

  • Announcement of the world's first QSFP+ 40G-iSR4 pluggable parallel optic transceiver module for 40 Gigabit Ethernet applications and high-density 10 Gigabit applications, along with a demonstration of the technology using new Top-of-Rack (ToR) data center switches from leading manufacturers.

  • Demonstration of the world's first multi-Gigabit consumer optical interconnect. In a joint collaboration with VIA Labs and DisplayLink, Avago is demonstrating the world's first multi-gigabit consumer optical interconnect. This demonstration shows High-Definition (HD) video streaming through a USB 3.0 Active Optical Cable.

  • Demonstration of a 25-Gbps vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) integrated into an SFP+ platform interoperating with the latest Avago 40-nm Serial/Deserializer (SerDes) core. Avago Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) integrate the SerDes cores, increasing the bandwidth of data communication for servers, routers and other networking, computing and storage applications. Avago recently announced demonstration of its first 28-nm SerDes core with industry-first 30-Gbps performance.

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