Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OIF Starts New 100G Transmitter Project

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has kicked off a new project on Integrated Dual Polarization Quadrature Modulated Transmitter Assembly (ITXA), targeting lower cost, higher density applications.

“Our existing Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Modulated Transmitter has been successfully adopted in Ultra Long Haul and Metro markets,�? said Karl Gass, the OIF's Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice-chair and a consultant of TriQuint Semiconductor. “This companion project will address cost and performance trade-offs necessary to open higher volume applications.�?

The goal of the project is to develop a common electrical interface that allows the inclusion of other modulator technology that may offer substantial cost and size reduction for a transmitter assembly. Carried out under the 100G umbrella program this project recognizes the increasing need for adoption of other modulator technologies and for size and cost reduction.