Sunday, March 4, 2012

ECI and MultiPhy Pioneer "Direct Detect" 100G Metro Technology

ECI Telecom and MultiPhy, which specializes in DSP-based high bandwidth CMOS communications semiconductors, have collaborated to develop a low-cost, metro 100G transport solution as an alternative to costly coherent technologies.

With funding from the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), and based on a Ben-Gurion University project, ECI and MultiPhy have leveraged a Direct Detect transmission methodology to enable 100G links over metro distances. MultiPhy's new MP1100Q Direct Detect receiver, which can fit seamlessly with existing Metropolitan Optical Networks, paves the way for transport modules using low-cost, reduced bandwidth optical subcomponents.

The companies said this technology enables the transport of 100G signals for hundreds of kilometers in metro WDM networks over 4 lanes, 28Gbps each, using 4x10G optical transceivers. Each lane is transmitted over an independent WDM wavelength or over 25GHz sub-wavelength, allocated in a single 100GHz wavelength or a dual 50GHz wavelength.

MultiPhy will showcase the ECI 168PIN MSA design utilizing the MP1100Q receiver at this week's OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles, California (booth #2163)

"As service providers look for a cost-effective way to expand metro capacity over the coming years, they will demand solutions that easily fit into their established network architecture. Our 168PIN MSA solution, empowered by the MultiPhy MP1100Q receiver, addresses providers’ need for low cost, high performance and low power 100G metro transport markets. That’s the premise of our 1Net framework for addressing our customers’ challenges in their day-to-day operations and strategic considerations," Shai Stein, Chief Technology Officer, ECI Telecom

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