Monday, July 18, 2011

Santur Offers 10x10 100 Gbps Modules with Disruptive Pricing

Santur has begun full-scale production of a new 100Gbps CFP Optical Module, promising "disruptive" pricing of cost per bit. Based on volume production pricing, the new 100Gbps CFP module will have an entry point of below $5K in 100 units or higher volumes, which offers 100 Gbps performance at a price comparable to that of 10G XFP modules shipping today, according to the company. The new modules also further improve the energy efficiency by cutting maximum power dissipation down to 13W to match power per bit metrics comparable to 10Gbps SFP+ optical modules.

Unlike 100m Multi Mode based on ribbons of fiber, Santur's 100Gbps CFP Optical Modules operate on a conventional Single Mode Fiber (SMF) enabling extended reach of 2Km. Compared with other 4x25G 100Gbps implementations for single-mode fiber, this approach does not require 25Gbps electronics such as gearbox ICs to convert 10Gbps data streams to intermediate 25Gbps lanes.

"For more than 20 years, we have been discussing the possibility of integrating multiple active optical components on a single chip to reduce cost and power. Over time, several companies have tried but none offered such high level of integration that allowed us to meet our cost and power targets," said Paul Meissner, President and CEO of Santur.