Showing posts with label Neophotonics. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

NeoPhotonics intros 64 GBaud L-band coherent optical components

NeoPhotonics introduced an L-Band suite of coherent optical components, including its 64 GBaud L-Band High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator (HB-CDM), 64 GBaud L-Band Intradyne Coherent Receiver (ICR) and ultra-narrow linewidth L-Band tunable laser Micro-ITLA. NeoPhotonics already supplies standard C-Band coherent components.

NeoPhotonics notes that the L-Band uses wavelengths centered around 1590 nm and is primarily used to complement the C-Band (1550 nm) to increase data capacity, especially in long-haul networks. By adding channels in the L-Band, operators can double the capacity of an optical fiber. NeoPhotonics 64 Gbaud coherent components and tunable lasers enable single channel 600G data transmission over short haul data center interconnect (DCI) links using 64 QAM. These components also support 400G over metro distances of 400-600 km using 64 GBaud and 16 QAM or 200G over long-haul distances of greater than 1000 km using 64 GBaud and QPSK.

The NeoPhotonics L-Band External Cavity (ECL) micro-ITLA incorporates the same laser architecture as its C-Band laser for a pure optical signal with an ultra-narrow linewidth and very low phase noise. In coherent systems, any error in the phase of the signal and reference lasers, due to the laser’s linewidth, can cause data errors, thereby making narrow linewidth critical in systems using higher order modulation.

The NeoPhotonics 64 Gbaud L-Band HB-CDM co-packages an Indium Phosphide based Mach-Zehnder (MZ) quadrature modulator chip with a linear, quad-channel, differential 64 GBaud driver. Both the C-Band and L-Band versions of the HB-CDM are designed to be compliant to the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Implementation Agreement OIF-HB-CDM-01.0 “High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator”.

NeoPhotonics 64 Gbaud L-Band Micro-ICR incorporates an integrated comixer chip and four balanced photodiodes with four differential linear amplifiers to provide four output channels at 64 GBaud. The form factor of the High Bandwidth Coherent Receiver is designed to be compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement for Micro Integrated Intradyne Coherent Receivers; IA # OIF-DPC-MRX-02.0.

For applications that require more capacity than provided by the standard C-Band, but do not require the full L-Band, each of these components is available in a “C++” version, which supports tuning across the full “Super C-band” covering 6.0 THz of spectrum or up to 50 percent more than standard systems. These C++ components can support 80 channels at 75 GHz channel spacing, which effectively increases the capacity of an optical fiber by as much as 50 percent over standard C-Band only systems at comparable distances.

"We are pleased to add L-Band versions to our existing suite of coherent components, thus providing customers with a complete solution to their fiber capacity requirements, whether C-Band, C++ Band or L-Band," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "Our ultra-pure tunable laser design and our high performance coherent modulator and receiver designs are very flexible and excel in different spectral regimes to provide the highest speed over distance performance," concluded Mr. Jenks.

Monday, March 9, 2020

NeoPhotonics releases 64 GBaud High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator

NeoPhotonics announced general availability and volume production of its 64 GBaud High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator (HB-CDM).

This CDM joins NeoPhotonics a 64 GBaud Intradyne Coherent Receiver (ICR) and ultra-narrow linewidth tunable laser to enable customers to implement single channel 600G data transmission over data center interconnect (DCI) distances of approximately 80 km using 64 QAM. These components also support 400G over metro distances of 400-600 km using 64 GBaud and 16 QAM or 200G over long-haul distances of greater than 1000 km using 64 GBaud and QPSK.

The device is implemented in a small form factor (25 x 12 x 5 mm) package which co-packages a linear, quad-channel, differential 64 GBaud driver with an Indium Phosphide based Mach-Zehnder (MZ) quadrature modulator chip. It provides efficient coherent multi-level modulation formats, such as DP-QPSK, DP-16QAM and DP-64QAM, to support coherent transmission up to 64 GBaud. The HB-CDM is compliant to the OIF’s Implementation Agreement OIF-HB-CDM-01.0 “High Bandwidth Coherent Driver Modulator”, and assures users a 3dB EO bandwidth of greater than 40GHz. The compact size fits in a CFP2-DCO pluggable module.

NeoPhotonics HB-CDM is also available in a “C++” CDMTM Modulator version, which supports tuning across the full “Super C-band” covering 6.4 THz of spectrum or up to 50 percent more than standard systems. The C++ CDMTM Modulator, Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Tunable C++ LASERTM Micro-ITLA and 64 GBaud C++ ICRTM Receiver are combined in NeoPhotonics C++ CFP2-DCO transceiver, which is the industry’s first pluggable transceiver module able to deliver as much as 34 Terabits of capacity per fiber. This module can support 85 channels of 64 GBaud data at 75 GHz channel spacing and effectively increases the capacity of an optical fiber by as much as 50 percent over standard systems at comparable distances.

"We are pleased to add the HB-CDM to our suite of components for 64 GBaud coherent systems which are currently shipping in volume to multiple customers," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "The HB-CDM is based on our Indium Phosphide photonic integration platform and delivers the high performance for demanding applications. Combined with our Silicon Photonics integration platform we can provide customers with the optimized solutions to meet their network requirements for the highest speeds and at volume scale," concluded Mr. Jenks.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

NeoPhotonics posts revenue of $103.4 million, up 13%

NeoPhotonics reported Q4 2019 revenue of $103.4 million, up 12% quarter-over-quarter and 13% year-over-year. Gross margin was 30.2%, up from 28.4% in the prior quarter.

Revenue in 2019 was $356.8 million, compared to $322.5 million in 2018

“Our strong revenue and gross margin expansion throughout the year was a result of our leadership in high speed products, serving the largest players in the industry in DCI and the transition of Cloud and hyper-scale data center networks to coherent technologies,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.

Monday, February 3, 2020

NeoPhotonics samples high power semiconductor optical amplifiers

NeoPhotonics is now sampling high power Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) and Narrow Linewidth (NLW) Distributed Feedback Lasers (DFB) lasers for long range automotive Lidar applications.

NeoPhotonics SOAs and NLW lasers operate in eye-safe wavelength regions, and these offerings feature 1550nm wavelength SOAs with >24 dBm (>250mW) output power along with 1550nm NLW-DFB lasers that enable automotive Lidar systems to “see” considerably farther than 200 meters, thereby significantly enhancing safety.

NeoPhotonics said next generation lidar systems will use coherent technology to greatly increase the range and sensitivity by measuring the phase of the reflected light. Coherent Lidar systems are fabricated using chip-scale manufacturing to reduce costs and enable high volume.

“Our laser components are key elements for chip-scale Lidar systems that can be manufactured in high volumes,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Lidar architectures based on coherent technologies have the advantage of leveraging high volume, chip-scale technologies developed by NeoPhotonics for telecommunications and data center interconnect applications. Laser components are manufactured in our internal fabs and utilize our advanced hybrid photonic integration technology for high performance and high reliability, allowing system integrators to quickly leverage coherent technology and its established manufacturing supply-chain for Lidar applications,” continued Mr. Jenks.

Monday, January 13, 2020

NeoPhotonics samples 400ZR OSFP coherent transceiver

NeoPhotonics began sampling its new 400ZR ClearLight OSFP transceiver to a leading cloud -related customer.

The new transceiver utilizes NeoPhotonics Silicon Photonics Coherent Optical Subassembly (COSA) and low power consumption, ultra-narrow linewidth Nano-ITLA tunable laser, combined with the latest generation of 7 nm DSP, to provide full 400ZR transmission in a standard data center OSFP form factor.

NeoPhotonics said its new 400ZR ClearLight OSFP transceiver can be plugged directly into switches and router, simplifying data center interconnect (DCI) networks by eliminating a layer of network equipment and a set of short reach client-side transceivers. The new OSFP module is capable of tuning to 75 GHz or 100GHz spaced wavelength channels, as specified in the OIF agreement, and operates in 400ZR mode for Cloud DCI applications.  For longer metro reaches, the module  is designed to support 400ZR+ modes.

This ClearLight OSFP module can also be optionally provisioned to tune over the entire “Super C-Band”, or up to 6.4 Terahertz, increasing the capacity of an optical fiber by up to 50% over standard implementations.  NeoPhotonics provides arrayed waveguide gratings for multiplexing and de-multiplexing with 75GHz and 100GHz wavelength channel spacings, supporting 85 and 64 channels respectively, with filter responses optimized for high baud rate coherent signals.

"This new OSFP module joins our ClearLightTM DCO transceiver line and takes full advantage of our highly integrated and low power consumption Nano-Tunable Laser and Silicon Photonics COSA to enable a full metro coherent transceiver in the form factor and electrical interface designed for short reach interconnections inside the data center," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "We are now sampling these OSFP transceivers so that customers can evaluate the simplicity, cost and operating savings that can be realized by plugging coherent optics directly into switches and routers, and we are applying this same technology to additional form factors such as QSFP-DD", concluded Mr. Jenks.

https://www.neophotonics.com/

OIF readies 400ZR, CEI-112G and IC-TROSA demos

Twelve OIF member companies will stage a multi-vendor interoperability demonstration of 400ZR, Common Electrical I/O (CEI)-112G and IC-TROSA at the upcoming ECOC 2019 trade show in Dublin, Ireland later this month.

Participating companies include ADVA, Amphenol, Cadence Design System, Credo, Finisar, Inphi, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, Molex, MultiLane, TE Connectivity and YAMAICHI ELECTRONICS will participate in the demonstration in OIF’s booth, # 441.

400ZR & IC-TROSA Demo

OIF’s 400ZR project aims to reduce cost and complexity reduction for 400GbE over 80 km DWDM networks. The IC-TROSA features all of the optical building blocks for a coherent module in a single package. The demonstrations will highlight important aspects of IC-TROSA integration as well as real-time EVM measurements with the updated script for 400ZR. In addition, a hardware-based 400ZR installation will show a typical application case.

CEI-112G Demo

OIF is taking a lead role in moving the industry to the next generation with its development of electrical interface specifications for 112 Gbps per differential pair. Multiple live demonstrations featuring interoperability clearly prove the key role OIF provides. The CEI-112G demonstrations in the OIF booth will feature multi-party silicon supplier interoperability over mated compliance board channels, a full host to module channel and direct attach copper cable channels, all demonstrating the technical viability of 112 Gbps operation, along with multiple industry form factors including OSFP and QSFP-DD.

“Understanding and seeing first-hand how key technologies – 400ZR, CEI-112G and IC-TROSA – are each specified to enable interoperable deployment across the ecosystem is critically important to building market confidence and accelerating adoption,” said Steve Sekel, OIF Physical and Link Layer Interoperability Working Group Chair. “This showcase of 12 companies and key technologies is a clear representation of OIF’s leadership in driving electrical, optical and control interoperability.”

https://www.oiforum.com/

Monday, January 6, 2020

NeoPhotonics ships 400G-capable CFP2-DCO module

NeoPhotonics has begun shipments of its 400G capable ClearLight CFP2-DCO transceiver for end customer trials. 

The company says its transceiver module enables as much as 32 Terabits of capacity per fiber – significantly higher than today’s 200G CFP2-DCO capacity or the emerging 400G CFP2-DCO capacity. This is achieved by using internal optics that can support 80 channels of 64 Gbaud data at 75 GHz wavelength channel spacing combined with the latest generation of 7 nm node DSP (digital signal processing) technology for superior OSNR and power consumption. This new product effectively increases the capacity of an optical fiber by as much as 50 percent over standard systems at comparable distances.   

NeoPhotonics ClearLight CFP2-DCO module incorporates its new extended tuning range Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Tunable C++ LASERTM. Micro-ITLA.  It also features the company’s leading high bandwidth 64 Gbaud C++ ICRTM Receiver and C++ CDMTM Modulator.  This module supports tuning across the full “Super C-band” and provides up to 50 percent more spectrum and resulting capacity than standard modules.

The ClearLight CFP2-DCO module tunes to 75 GHz spaced wavelength channels when operating at 64 Gbaud and 16 QAM to support 400G transmission in 400ZR and 400ZR+ modes for Cloud DCI and metro telecom applications.  NeoPhotonics also provides arrayed waveguide gratings for multiplexing and de-multiplexing with 75GHz channel spacings and filter responses optimized for 64 Gbaud coherent signals, including for “Super C-band” use.

For Long Haul and Regional applications, this CFP2-DCO module utilizes 64 Gbaud and QPSK modulation to deliver 200G per wavelength transmission.  This is made possible by an industry-leading OSNR of less than 14 dB and enhanced performance to enable substantially longer reaches than standard 32 Gbaud, 16 QAM systems. If the application requires that a 50 GHz channel wavelength spacing be used, this CFP2-DCO module can tune over 120 channels and operate at 200G with an OSNR of less than 16 dB, again substantially better than today’s standard CFP2-DCO transceivers.  The module is compliant with the OIF-CFP2-DCO-01.0-Implementation Agreement and has a superior watt per gigabit performance.  The module will also be available in standard C-band tuning range for applications that do not require the significantly higher capacity per fiber that this module enables.

"This new module joins our ClearLightTM CFP-DCO transceiver line, which has been shipping since 2017, and is our first in a series of DCO Modules for 400G transmission and providing the benefits of extended C++ tuning range.  We are pleased to announce these initial shipments of our ClearLight CFP2-DCO coherent transceiver modules to customers," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "This new series will utilize our leading 64 Gbaud Silicon Photonics or Indium Phosphide PICs, together with our new Tunable C++ LASER Micro-ITLA.  This will increase the capacity and distance performance in a network well above that available in systems today," concluded Mr. Jenks.

https://www.neophotonics.com/press-releases/?newsId=11386

Thursday, October 31, 2019

NeoPhotonics posts Q3 sales of $92.4M, up 13%

NeoPhotonics reported Q3 2019 revenue of $92.4 million, up 13% quarter-over-quarter and up 13% year-over-year. Gross margin was 28.4%, up from 19.2% in the prior quarter. Diluted net earnings per share was $0.05, up from a net loss of $0.16 per share in the prior quarter.

“Solid execution, strong customer demand, and cost reduction combined for a profitable quarter for NeoPhotonics,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “Despite the trade tensions, we believe the macro trends of the industry favor our core capabilities of delivering the highest performance products for the most demanding applications,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

Some highlights:

  • Huawei demand for non-Export Administration Requirements (EAR) products holding at 37% of revenue, but down from 46% in 2018.
  • NeoPhotonics said it has applied for certain export licenses for shipping additional products to Huawei, but, to date, no definitive response has been received.



https://ir.neophotonics.com/static-files/d8f54fd0-19ec-4d99-a6c6-8df623c272d6

Thursday, September 19, 2019

NeoPhotonics ships 30-40 mW CW laser sources for 400G transceivers

NeoPhotonics announced the general availability (GA) of its non-hermetic 30-40 mW DFB laser sources for use in Silicon Photonics 100G per wavelength CWDM4 FR4 and 1310 nm DR1 and DR4 transceivers.  These lasers are available with and without integral Spot Size Converters (SSC).

NeoPhotonics low-loss SSC technology enables direct attachment of the Indium Phosphide laser to a Silicon Photonics waveguide, increasing manufacturing scalability and reducing costs.  These efficient, high power DFB lasers can operate at up to 75 degrees C and are compliant with Telcordia GR-468-CORE, making them well suited for use in non-hermetic Silicon Photonics based small form factor pluggable modules, such as 400G QSFP-DD.

Silicon Photonics (SiPho) has emerged as a promising technology for optical data transmission over intermediate reaches of approximately 500 meters (DR) to 2 kilometers (FR) inside datacenters.  A Silicon Photonics photonic integrated circuit can combine four different high speed modulators on a single chip, but it requires a light source to be modulated.  A separate laser, or laser array, generating sufficient optical power at the specified wavelength(s) to overcome losses in the Silicon modulator and waveguides, must be coupled to the SiPho chip.  NeoPhotonics family of high power DFB lasers are designed to efficiently couple to the SiPho modulator chip and do not require hermetic packaging making them an ideal choice for next generation transceiver modules.

A high-speed SiPho modulator chip, due to its high Vp, generally requires a driver amplifier with a large voltage swing, which is also supplied by NeoPhotonics.  NeoPhotonics Gallium Arsenide based Quad Driver chip combines four separate drivers in a single compact, low power chip designed to support compact pluggable modules such as OSFP and QSFP-DD.

"We are pleased to announce GA of our family of high power DFB lasers for next generation SiPho based 100G to 400G transceivers," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "Silicon Photonics is rapidly transforming the data center transceiver marketplace by bringing the scale and cost structure of semiconductor electronics to optics, and our laser sources and drivers are helping to unleash the potential of Silicon Photonics," concluded Mr. Jenks.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Neophotonics blog: 800G Coherent versus PAM4 in data centers

400ZR pluggable coherent transceivers for up to 80-120km distance will emerge in 2020~2021 time frame, and their cost is expected to be comparable to today’s 80km 100G pluggable PAM4 transceivers, according to a new blog posting by NeoPhotonics' Dr. Winston Way.

The article discusses architectures for intra-data center 800Gb/s coherent- and 4 level pulse-amplitude (PAM4)-based pluggable optical transceivers.

https://www.neophotonics.com/800g-coherent-versus-pam4-optical-transceivers-data-centers/

Monday, August 5, 2019

NeoPhotonics posts revenue of $81.7M, adjusts for Huawei ban

NeoPhotonics reported Q2 revenue of $81.7 million, up 3% quarter-over-quarter and up 1% year-over-year. Gross margin was 19.2%, down from 19.8 % in the prior quarter. Diluted net loss per share was $0.16, up from a net loss of $0.30 per share in the prior quarter.

“Q2 was a volatile quarter for NeoPhotonics and I am proud of our team and their continued focus and execution to extend our leadership position in high-speed digital optoelectronics while making changes needed to adjust for the Huawei ban,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “Market drivers are well aligned with our advanced technologies and high-speed capabilities. These trends transcend the current Huawei ban and, coupled with the continued demand with hyperscale data centers, we are optimistic about NeoPhotonics’ new product prospects,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

NeoPhotonics appoints Dr. Yanbing Li to its Board

NeoPhotonics has appointed Dr. Yanbing Li to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Li is currently Vice President of Engineering at Google, focusing on Google Cloud. Previously Yanbing Li was Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Storage and Availability business unit at VMware where she was responsible for a portfolio of products in software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, data protection, and storage and availability services for the cloud. She led product development, engineering, and go-to-market strategies and led the business to become one of the fastest growing business for VMware and a market leader. During her eleven-year tenure with VMware, Dr. Li held multiple executive leadership roles including general manager for vCloud Air storage, VP of Engineering for storage, VP of Central Engineering, VP of Continuing Product Development, VP of Global R&D sites and Managing Director of China R&D. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University, a master of science degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor of science degree from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in electrical engineering and computer engineering. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

http://ww.neophotonics.com
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VMware's Yanbing Li on the Future of Software-defined Storage

Big changes are underway in the IT industry, with new architectures being defined for application delivery, new cloud models, and the rise of software-defined everything, says VMware's Yanbing Li, Senior VP and GM of Storage and Availability.


See video: https://youtu.be/j2lFBKV4A4U

Thursday, May 2, 2019

NeoPhotonics posts revenue of $79.4 million

NeoPhotonics reported Q1 2019 revenue of $79.4 million, down 13% quarter-over-quarter and up 16% year-over-year. Gross margin was 19.8%, down from 24.8% in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted net loss per share was $0.19, down from net income per share of $0.05 in the prior quarter

“NeoPhotonics delivered strong year over year growth in our seasonally low first quarter. We are focused on the highest speed coherent solutions that are well-aligned with leading industry trends, which has positioned us to benefit from growing deployments of high baud rate systems for 200G to 600G globally,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “These higher bandwidth systems accentuate the unique value proposition of our ultra-narrow linewidth lasers and high performance photonic integrated chips,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NeoPhotonics ships MEMS Based Variable Optical Attenuator

NeoPhotonics announced the general availability of a new ultra-compact FVOA-9000 MEMs based variable optical attenuator targetted at mini-EDFAs, pluggable coherent modules and compact line cards.

The new FVOA-9000 builds on NeoPhotonics' FVOA-5000/8000 product line which has been in volume production for more than a decade.  The new device improves key performance measures while achieving a significant size reduction of nearly 70% in the global component footprint. NeoPhotonics says the new FVOA-9000 achieves response times of less than 2 milliseconds along with lower wavelength dependent loss, making it well-suited for transient suppression in EDFA optical amplifiers. 

In addition to a reduction in the size of the TO can hermetic package, the FVOA-9000 does not require an external ESD protection board, further decreasing its overall use footprint in system design.  Its compact size is a significant advantage when used in next-generation applications where size is a critical factor, such as Mini-EDFAs, compact pluggable coherent modules and compact line cards and transponders.

“We are very excited to see very strong customer adoption of this new compact FVOA-9000 and enhancing our long-running line of MEMS VOAs, continuing our commitment to optical components for system control,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “This exciting innovation expands our existing line of passive multiplexers, demultiplexers and power monitors to support next-generation systems for telecom, data center interconnects and 5G wireless,” continued Mr. Jenks.

Monday, January 14, 2019

NeoPhotonics hits preliminary sales of $90-92 M, sells Russian facility

NeoPhotonics announced preliminary revenue in the range of $90 to $92 million for Q4 2018, compared to the previously announced expectation of $87 to $92 million. Gross margin is expected to be approximately 24%-25%, compared to the previous expectation of 22%-26%. Total restructuring and other charges will be approximately $5.7 million, including restructuring costs, inventory write-downs and legal settlement expenses. Diluted Net loss per share are expected to be in the range of $0.18 to $0.15, inclusive of restructuring charges. Non-GAAP earnings per share are expected in the range of $0.00 to earnings of $0.04.

The company said these preliminary fourth-quarter results reflect recent developments including the end-of-life of certain client transceiver modules, which contributed approximately $10 million of revenue in 2018.

NeoPhotonics reached an agreement to settle its lawsuit with Lestina International, with a cash payment of $2.2 million. In addition, the company announced a definitive agreement to sell its manufacturing operations in Russia for approximately book value.

“As a company, we remain committed to our core capabilities, including our industry leading coherent components and solutions for data center interconnect and telecommunications systems,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “These actions will complete our move from module to component level solutions for client network applications and will further increase our focus on our more profitable, industry leading platforms for 400 Gigabits/sec to beyond 1 Terabit/sec on a single wavelength, in which our advanced hybrid photonic integration technology provides the highest value,” concluded Mr. Jenks.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

ECOC 2018: NeoPhotonics shows 400G EML and silicon photonics

At ECOC 2018 this week in Rome, NeoPhotonics is showing its suite of lasers and analog ICs for uncooled, non-hermetic single laser 100G and 4 laser 400G links within data centers.    The product suite includes Electro-Absorptively Modulated Lasers (EML) for 2 km PAM4 based links and high power CW laser sources for 0.5 and 2 km Silicon Photonics-based links, along with the photodetectors, drivers and trans-impedance amplifiers required.

NeoPhotonics anticipates a technology shift to single-laser (lambda) 100Gbps and 4-laser (lambda) 400Gbps using 4 level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM4) driven by demand for higher port density and lower cost per bit for optical connections inside the data center.

The 100G/400G Component Suite from NeoPhotonics includes:

  • 53GBaud Uncooled CWDM4 EML, which includes the option for integration with NeoPhotonics’ open drain driver. With an uncooled operating temperature range from 20 to 70C and the capability to operate reliably in “open-air” transceiver designs, thus eliminating hermetic enclosures, this EML is a preferred transmitter solution for PAM4 based FR4 2 km data center applications. Versions are also available at 1310 nm for DR1 and DR4 500 meter applications.
  • 53GBaud Open Drain Driver (ODD) for linear operation of EML lasers. With a typical 90mW of power consumption per channel and small size, this high speed driver can be co-packaged with the EML reducing power and increasing linearity and is well suited for use in small form factor pluggable modules.
  • 53GBaud PIN photodetectors. The side illumination structure of the PIN PD enables a simple coplanar assembly with a mux/demux chip and TIA and is well suited for compact modules.
  • 53GBaud Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA). With low noise and a typical power consumption of 60mA over a 3.3V rail, this TIA is well suited for receiver signal amplification for up to 10km transmission.

In addition, transceiver developers have also begun deployment of silicon photonics based transceivers for industry standard MSAs such as CWDM4, CLR4 and PSM-4, which has led to the need for custom, high power and non-hermetic laser sources to drive these transceivers. To support this emerging Silicon Photonics eco-system, NeoPhotonics has developed and qualified a line of high power, uncooled lasers and laser arrays for several industry leading Silicon Photonics transceiver manufacturers, as well as offering single and quad drivers for Silicon Photonics modulators:

  • High Power 40mW and 70mW non-Hermetic CW Laser Sources for Silicon Photonics based CWDM4 FR4 and 1310nm DR1 and DR4 Applications. These efficient, high power DFB lasers can operate up to 75 deg. C and have completed the non-hermetic testing compliant with the Telcordia GR-468-CORE, making them well suited for use in non-hermetic Silicon Photonics based small form factor pluggable modules.
  • 53GBaud Quad MZM drivers for Silicon Photonics modulators. This quad driver has a high 3.5Vppd output per channel and a typical 2.2W low power consumption for all four channels designed for small form factor pluggable modules.  This component is also available in single driver configurations for DR1 applications.

“Our complete suite of 53GBaud Linear Optical Components provides all needed optical components for single laser 100Gbps transmitters and receivers, scalable to 400Gbps transceivers with CWDM4 wavelengths,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “Furthermore, our uncooled, high power CW DFB lasers and laser arrays are critical elements for any 100G, 200G or 400G Silicon Photonics based transceiver.  We are pleased to offer the lasers and critical analog electrical components for both next generation data center transceiver approaches,” continued Mr. Jenks.

www.neophotonics.com

ECOC 2018: NeoPhotonics cites progress with 64 GBaud for 600G

At ECOC 2018L NeoPhotonics is reporting that its suite of 64 GBaud optical components for coherent systems are currently being used by multiple major customers to develop systems with 600G per wavelength transport capacity.   64 GBaud components double the symbol rate over standard 100G (32 GBaud) coherent systems.

NeoPhotonics' suite consists of three components:

  • 64 GBaud CDM:  NeoPhotonics 64 GBaud, polarization multiplexed, quadrature coherent driver modulator (CDM) is shipping in limited availability and features a co-packaged InP modulator with a linear, high bandwidth, differential driver in a compact package designed to be compliant with the anticipated OIF Implementation Agreement.
  • 64 GBaud Micro-ICR:  NeoPhotonics Class 40 High Bandwidth Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) is in volume production and is designed for 64 GBaud symbol rates, doubling the bandwidth of standard 100G ICRs. The compact package is designed to be compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-DPC-MRX-02.0.
  • Low Profile Micro-TL:  NeoPhotonics ultra-narrow linewidth external cavity tunable laser features very low phase noise and power consumption and has been proven in volume production. It is now configured in a smaller, lower profile package that is compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-MicroITLA-01.

These components work together to enable customers to implement single wavelength 600G or dual wavelength 1.2T data transmission over data center interconnect (DCI) distances of 80 km. 

“We are working closely with customers to provide a matched suite of high speed optical components for 600G per wavelength to enhance system performance and reduce time to market,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “With our next generation highly integrated COSA, operating at 64 Gbaud and beyond, and our Nano-Tunable Laser, we are working to enable highly compact pluggable 400G modules,” continued Mr. Jenks.

The company says three OEM customers have elected to use all three of these components in their development, while additional customers have elected to use a subset of the NeoPhotonics 64 GBaud coherent component suite.  The components also support 400G over metro distances of 400-600 km using 64 GBaud and 16 QAM or 200G over long-haul distances of greater than 1000 km using 64 GBaud and QPSK.

In addition, at 16:10 pm on Tuesday, September 25th Dr. Winston Way, NeoPhotonics’ CTO Systems, will present a paper entitled “Next-Generation Coherent Pluggable Transceivers in a CDC ROADM Based Optical Network” at the ECOC 2018 Exhibition Market Focus session entitled: “Optical Network Agility/Software Defined Networks.”

Monday, August 6, 2018

NeoPhotonics posts Q2 revenue of $81M, up 11% yoy

NeoPhotonics reported Q2 2018 revenue of $81.1 million, up 18% quarter-over-quarter and 11% year-over-year. Gross margin was 19.1%, compared to 13.4% in the prior quarter, and there was a net loss of $10.5 million, compared to a net loss of $18.2 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP net loss was $6.3 million, compared to a net loss of $14.6 million in the prior quarter


“In the second quarter, NeoPhotonics delivered strong results with revenue of $81 million, coming in above the high end of our outlook range and representing 18% sequential growth and 11% growth over the same period last year. Sequential growth outside of China was 30% and the result of very strong Data Center Interconnect and Metro deployments by our key customers in the Americas and EMEA,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “We met our key financial metrics for the quarter and with our new product traction and increasing momentum in our core markets, we are optimistic for continued improvement.”

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NeoPhotonics posts revenue of $68.6 million, 100G and up now at 86% of sales

NeoPhotonics reported Q1 revenue of $68.6 million, down 4% year-over-year and 11% quarter-over-quarter. The gross margin was 13.4%, compared to 20.4% in the prior quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $18.2 million, compared to a net loss of $14.3 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP net loss amounted to $14.6 million, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million in the prior quarter.

“Continuing our focus on 100G and above High Speed Products, which reached the highest proportion of revenue in our history at 86% in the quarter, we introduced and demonstrated new products for 400G and 600G coherent and datacenter applications. During the quarter we saw strength in metro and DCI deployments, driven by North America, and we have accelerating demand for these segments going into the remainder of the year,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics Chairman and CEO. “At the same time, while demand in China had stabilized, the recent regulatory and trade actions have introduced new uncertainty in that region, we continue to monitor and adjust plans accordingly.”

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NeoPhotonics demos Nano-ITLA ultra-compact external cavity tunable laser

At this week's OFC in San Diego, NeoPhotonics is demonstrating its Nano-ITLA ultra-compact external cavity tunable laser.

The NeoPhotonics Nano-ITLA, which is based on the same external cavity technology used in the company's Micro-ITLA product line, maintains the ultra-narrow linewidth, the low frequency phase noise performance, and the low power consumption of the current product in a compact package approximately one half the size.

The Nano-ITLA utilizes an ASIC control IC that reduces the size of the electronic control circuitry.  The laser can also be used separately with the ASIC mounted on the customer's circuit board.  Using both approaches, the Nano-ITLA is well suited for use in 400ZR small form factor pluggable coherent modules, including OSFP and DD-QSFP, and for compact daughter cards for 600G and 1.2T applications.

NeoPhotonics says that increasing the symbol rate to 64 Gbaud and using higher order modulation, such as 16 QAM to 64 QAM, can increase the data rate per wavelength to 400G or 600G for coherent communications, but will require the most stable, ultra-narrow linewidth laser sources.

"We are pleased to demonstrate our new ultra-compact Nano-ITLA at OFC.  By doing so, we are assuring our customers of the superior features of this uniquely capable laser, which enables the next generation of 400G and 600G compact optical modules.  This Nano-ITLA delivers all of the performance advantages our customers currently enjoy with our external cavity design, but with the laser size reduced by half," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "Shrinking the size while maintaining performance is made possible by our Advanced Hybrid Photonic Integration technology," concluded Mr. Jenks.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

NeoPhotonics shows 64 GBaud for 600G and 1.2T coherent transport

NeoPhotonics is currently shipping a suite of 64 GBaud optical components for coherent systems operating at 600G and 1.2T.  64 GBaud components double the symbol rate over standard 100G (32 GBaud) coherent systems.

The NeoPhotonics suite use three optical components to enable single channel 600G or dual channel 1.2T transmission:

  • 64 GBaud CDM -- NeoPhotonics 64 GBaud, polarization multiplexed, quadrature coherent driver modulator (CDM) is shipping in limited availability and features a co-packaged InP modulator with a linear, high bandwidth, differential driver in a compact package designed to be compliant with the anticipated OIF Implementation Agreement. Co-packaging the InP IQ modulator with the driver enables an 85% reduction in line card board space compared to equivalent lithium niobate solutions. Furthermore, this facilitates transceiver applications up to 600 Gbps on a single wavelength for next-generation transport modules..
  • 64 GBaud Micro-ICR -- NeoPhotonics Class 40 High Bandwidth Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receiver (Micro-ICR) is in volume production and is designed for 64 GBaud symbol rates, doubling the RF bandwidth of standard 100G ICRs. The 64 GBaud Micro-ICR supports higher order modulation such as 64 QAM. The compact package is designed to be compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreement OIF-DPC-MRX-02.0.
  • Low Profile Micro-TL -- NeoPhotonics ultra-narrow linewidth external cavity tunable laser has been proven in volume production and is now configured in a smaller, lower profile package, which is designed to meet the stringent requirements for packaging density in pluggable modules. The external cavity laser design has a significantly narrower linewidth than competing designs, which is especially advantageous for higher order modulation formats. The laser is available in a compact package Integrable Tunable Laser Assembly form factor designed to be compliant with the OIF Implementation Agreements OIF-MicroITLA-01.1 and OIF-ITLA-MSA-01.3.

NeoPhotonics said its solution supports transmission over data center interconnect (DCI) distances of up to 80 km. The components also support 400G over metro distances of 400-600 km using 64 GBaud and 16 QAM or 200G over long-haul distances of greater than 1000 km using 64 GBaud and QPSK.

“All three elements of our suite of optical components for 600G and 1.2T are now available and shipping to customers, allowing them to take advantage of the performance of all three elements to optimize their system performance,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We ensure that each element is designed to work seamlessly with the others and offer our customers a complete optical solution, both increasing performance and reducing development time” continued Mr. Jenks.

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