Thursday, September 5, 2019

ADVA debuts multi-layer cell site gateway for 5G

ADVA introduced its FSP 150-XG118Pro cell site gateway for deployment at radio base stations. It is designed for ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) in 5G mobile networks

ADVA said its FSP 150-XG118Pro has been specifically engineered to support a seamless, cost-efficient transition from LTE mobile networks to 5G. It provides multi-layer demarcation and precise synchronization delivery. The gateway's 10Gbit/s capacity enables MNOs to utilize the full 5G spectrum. Its open SDN control supports automated network slicing and its pluggable server allows it to be upgraded in-service for edge hosting of VNFs. The ADVA FSP 150-XG118Pro’s capacity and edge hosting capabilities also enable enterprises to unlock the potential of the industrial IoT (IIoT).

“Our FSP 150-XG118Pro brings high-capacity demarcation and edge aggregation to the radio base station without exceeding strict requirements for space, power and cost. It really is the ultimate tool for rapid 5G rollouts over existing LTE infrastructure,” said Richard Strike, director, product line management, ADVA. “Our FSP 150-XG118Pro empowers mobile network operators (MNOs) to respond to soaring bandwidth needs with 10Gbit/s bandwidth at the radio base station. They can also cater for new URLLC applications that demand data to be processed right where it’s created. And, as the solution has been built with our Oscilloquartz team of network synchronization specialists, it delivers the accurate and stable timing that’s so crucial for 5G applications.”

“This new member of our hugely successful and widely deployed FSP 150 family opens the door to a world of new opportunities. It tears down the entry barriers and provides CSPs and businesses with a risk-free route to all the advantages of virtualization,” commented Ulrich Kohn, director, technical marketing, ADVA. “Featuring our award-winning, field-proven Ensemble Connector NFV hosting software, our FSP 150-XG118Pro enables enterprises to seize the full business potential of the IIoT. It supports big data analytics at the very edge of the network, saving significant bandwidth and improving performance. Now businesses can benefit from our vast experience with migrating centrally hosted network functions to the edge. Our customers can focus on revenue-generating services while we handle complex network integration and testing and ensure superb levels of performance.”

http://adva.li/fsp-150-xg118pro-slides

Finisar intros L-band High Resolution Optical Spectrum Analyzer

Finisar introduced its WaveAnalyzer 1500S/L High Resolution Optical Spectrum Analyzer designed to inspect the spectral characteristics of optical channels in the L-band of the telecommunications spectrum.

This instrument has been developed for researchers and engineers focused on optical communication systems operating in the L-band as well as for manufacturing test applications on the production floor.

The new WaveAnalyzer 1500S/L is based on heterodyne measurement technology and offers a resolution bandwidth of 180 MHz. It provides a high scan rate of four updates per second for full L-band scans and up to 10 updates per second for smaller range scans.

Similar to the C-band version of the WaveAnalyzer 1500S, the new L-band unit also has a built-in web server which includes a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and an Application Programming Interface (API). Additional analysis functions include Optical Signal to Noise Ratio (OSNR) measurements and Multi-Wavelength Analysis or Side Mode Suppression Ratio (SMSR) measurements.

https://www.finisar.com/optical-instrumentation

Dell'Oro: DWDM systems revenue grew 8% Y/Y in 1H19

The market for DWDM systems significantly grew year-over-year (Y/Y) in the first half of 2019, according to Dell'Oro Group, in part because the comparative period, 1H 2018, includes much lower sales into China caused by the US ban on ZTE.



Some highlights:

  • In 1H 2019, Ciena held nearly 30 percent share of the optical DWDM market outside of China due to the company’s dominance in North America and growing share in international markets. 
  • Ciena’s revenue grew over 20 percent Y/Y. 
  • During this period, Huawei held the second-highest share outside of China even though the company’s market share declined slightly from both full-year 2018 and 1H 2018. 
  • Nokia continued to hold the third-highest share outside of China with revenue growth in the period exceeding the market average percentage growth of 5 percent.


https://www.delloro.com/optical-transport-2q19-report-dwdm-systems-market-grew-8-percent-y-y-in-1h-2019/

Ciena posts revenue of $961 million, up 17%, as non-telco sales increase

Ciena reported revenue of $960.6 million for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2019, up 17.3% year over year. Ciena's GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter 2019 was $86.7 million, or $0.55 per diluted common share, which compares to a GAAP net income of $50.8 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, for the fiscal third quarter 2018.

"We delivered another quarter of outstanding financial results as we benefit from our strong competitive position within the industry and continue to gain market share," said Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena. "Looking ahead, fiscal 2019 will be an extraordinary year for Ciena, including substantial revenue growth and increased profitability."

Some highlights:

  • Non-telco represented 41% of total revenue 
  • Direct web-scale contributed over 26% of total revenue 
  • EMEA revenue up 39% YoY 
  • North America revenue up 24% YoY, with telco and web-scale growth 
  • WaveLogicAi has 128 total customers with 16 new wins in Q3 
  • Waveserver has 142 customers with 8 new wins in Q3 
  • Two 10%-plus customers represented a total of 25% of revenue 
  • Cash and investments totaled $842.9 million

https://investor.ciena.com/news/press-release-details/2019/Ciena-Reports-Fiscal-Third-Quarter-2019-Financial-Results/default.aspx


Fractal Antenna Systems develops wideband antenna for sub-6GHz 5G

Fractal Antenna Systems introduced a directional antenna for sub-6GHz 5G sector coverage in stadiums and high capacity venues. The

Whereas traditional solutions require many narrow-band antennas to be crammed under a single cover, Fractal uses proprietary wideband technology to reduce the complexity, size, and number of sub-6GHz antennas, freeing up space for more eye-pleasing solutions and/or higher performance.

The Symphony-SP provides broadband MIMO coverage from 617MHz to 6GHz, with coverage of all key licensed and unlicensed bands – including GSM, LTE, 5G, CBRS, WiFi, C-Band, and LAA. The Symphony-SP weighs in at less than 10 lbs and wields a footprint of less than 13”x13”.

“While millimeter wave is getting a lot of attention in 5G, the reality is that sub-6GHz will continue to be the anchor and primary vehicle for ubiquitous high throughput connectivity,” said FRACTAL’s VP of Strategy and Product Management Petersen Bolvig. “We are not going to get away from the ‘antennapocalypse’ problem without a radical new approach to sub 6GHz antenna design. This is where our technology provides major benefits, with the Symphony-SP as one example.”

http://www.fractenna.com/

MACOM shows Open Eye MSA compliant analog chipset

MACOM Technology Solutions demonstrated a 200G optical module designed in collaboration with an industry leading optical manufacturer, leveraging MACOM’s Open Eye MSA compliant analog chipset. The chipset is optimized for volume-scale deployment in high-density Cloud Data Center links.

MACOM said its chipset will provide a clear pathway to 200G throughput speeds utilizing industry-leading analog components. MACOM’s fully analog transmit and receive chipset is comprised of the MAOM-38053 four-channel transmit CDR with integrated laser driver and, on the receive side, features MACOM BSP56B photodetectors, a MATA-03819 quad TIA and the MASC-38040 four-channel receive CDR.

MACOM is applying its expertise and market leadership in 25Gbps and 100Gbps solutions to 50Gbps PAM-4 applications and specifically to 200G QSFP and 2 x 200G OSFP/QSFP-DD modules to bring the benefits of low power and low latency solutions in addition to existing digital signal processing (DSP) architectures, to Cloud Data Centers.

MACOM’s chipset is sampling for both single mode and multimode fiber applications.

Spectra7 and Leoni show CRX Active Copper Cable

Spectra7 Microsystems and the telecommunication systems business unit of Leoni’s Wire and Cables Solution Division demonstrated new CRX Consortium Active Copper Cable technology at the annual China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) 2019.

The demonstration showed Leoni cables with embedded Spectra7 chips operating with Mellanox ConnectX-5 network adapters configured for Ethernet low latency CA-N transmission.

“Spectra7 has developed impressive technology for the data center market and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them and Tencent in the formation of the CRX™ Consortium,” said Helmut Jungsthoefel, Data Center PM at Leoni. “We believe Active Copper Cables with technology from Spectra7 will play a critical role in the future of copper interconnects.”

Leoni is known in the global interconnect market for producing the highest performance raw cable and cable assemblies. They have selected Spectra7 chips for their entire line of Active Copper Cables including 25, 100 and 400G products.

CRX Consortium pushes for active copper cables

A new CRX (Copper Reach Extension) Consortium has been launched to accelerate the adoption of active copper cable products. The key backers are Tencent and Spectra7 Microsystems, a supplier of high-performance analog semiconductor products and a developer of active copper cable technology. Additional members include Luxshare-ICT and Foxconn Interconnect.

The CRX Consortium says its initial focus will be on 25G Ethernet connections between servers and switches. The consortium is developing a specification for these cables that is expected to be released in Q4 of this year. Subsequent specifications will be developed for 50G, 100G, 400G and 800G Ethernet as well as other evolving protocols. The specifications will cover both NRZ signaling as well as PAM4 signaling.

The initial CRX specification release is planned for Fall 2019; CRX consortium members plan to begin mass deployment of cables complying with the CRX specification later this year.

KPN appoints Dominique Leroy as CEO

Mrs. Dominique Leroy has been appointed as the next CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management of KPN, with effect from 1 December 2019. She succeeds Maximo Ibarra, who resigned from his position effective 30 September 2019.

Leroy will join KPN from Proximus Group (formerly Belgacom), where she is currently CEO. She joined Belgacom, Belgian’s leading telecommunications company, in 2011 and was from 2012 onwards a member of the management committee with responsibility for the consumer business. Prior to joining Proximus, she worked for 24 years at Unilever, ultimately as Managing Director of Unilever BeLux and member of the Unilever Benelux management committee.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

IDC: Worldwide server market drops 11.6% in 2Q19

After a torrid stretch of prolonged market growth that drove the server market to historic heights, IDC has found that the global server market declined in 2Q19 for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2016. Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 11.6% year over year to just over $20.0 billion during the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19).



Worldwide server shipments declined 9.3% year over year to just under 2.7 million units in 2Q19.

"The second quarter saw the server market's first contraction in nine quarters, albeit against a very difficult compare from one year ago when the server market realized unprecedented growth," said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies. "Irrespective of the difficult compare, factors impacting the market include a slowdown in purchasing from cloud providers and hyperscale customers, an off-cycle in the cyclical non-x86 market, as well as a slowdown from enterprises due to existing capacity slack and macroeconomic uncertainty."

Some highlights:

  • The number one position in the worldwide server market during 2Q19 was shared* by Dell Technologies and the combined HPE/New H3C Group with revenue shares of 19.0% and 18.0% respectively. 
  • Dell Technologies declined 13.0% year over year, while HPE/New H3C Group was down 3.6% year over year. 
  • The third position went to Inspur/Inspur Power Systems, which increased its revenue by 32.3% year over year. 
  • Lenovo and IBM tied for the fourth position with revenue shares of 6.1%, and 5.9% respectively. 
  • Lenovo saw revenue decline by 21.8% year over year while IBM saw its revenue contract 27.4% year over year. 
  • The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 21.1% of total revenue and declined 22.9% year over year to $4.23 billion. 
  • Dell Technologies led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 17.8% of all units shipped during the quarter.

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45482519


Dell'Oro: 25 Gbps Ethernet adapter gain share

Shipments of Ethernet controllers and adapters marked the first sequential growth year-over-year (Y/Y) in 2Q 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The 25 Gbps continues to gain share in the Cloud and Enterprise markets.

“Shipments of 10 Gbps controllers and adapters were stronger than expected with demand from general enterprises and lower-tier Cloud service providers. Meanwhile, 25 Gbps continues to gain momentum across key vendors in the high-end Enterprise market,” said Baron Fung, Director, at Dell’Oro Group. “Among the major Cloud service providers, which generally deploy 25, 40, and 50 Gbps ports, growth was mixed, as select companies are still undergoing server capacity digestion. Thus, we continue to anticipate great volatility in this sector for these higher-speed ports.”

Additional highlights from the Controller and Adapter 2Q 2019 quarterly report include:

  • Total controller and adapter port shipments increased 3 percent quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) in 2Q 2019.
  • Average sell price per port increased 6 percent Q/Q, which contributed to higher sequential revenue growth.
  • Amazon still commands more than 90 percent share of the Smart NIC market by ports shipped, although Broadcom and Mellanox gained share.

Credo ships HiWire Active Electrical Cables

Credo announced the production availability of HiWire Active Electrical Cables (AEC).

The company says its AECs provide plug and play, deterministic, persistent in-rack and inter-rack connections at lower cost and lower power of alternative optical approaches. Additionally, the AEC family provides system level, in-cable speedshifting providing seamless connectivity of 50G PAM4 enabled switch ports to widely available 25G NRZ based servers.

Credo is showcasing the AEC product family at the China International Optical Expo (CIOE 2019) in Shenzhen, China, through September 7.

“Our Credo connectivity solutions are being widely deployed in cloud, service provider, and enterprise networks,” said Jeff Twombly, VP of Marketing and Business Development Credo. “The addition of our HiWire AECs allow system providers to move rapidly to 400G while striking a strategic balance with CapEx and OpEx.”

https://www.credosemi.com/


HiWire aims for standard Active Electrical Cables at 400G and up

A new HiWire Consortium has been established to pursue the standardization and certification of a new category of Active Electrical Cables (AEC). The group is dedicated to the establishment and ongoing development of an AEC standard that defines a specific implementation of the many industry MSAs and a formal certification process. This will enable an ecosystem of trusted Plug and Play AECs, available from multiple sources, for the hyperscale data center, telecom and enterprise markets.

HiWire AECs provide a full solution for layer 1 and 2 interconnect to deliver persistent and deterministic connectivity necessary for the next generation of data centers as the industry moves to 400G and beyond.

The founding companies of the HiWire Consortium are: Accton Technology, Alpha Networks, Arrcus, Bizlink, Cameo Communications, Zhejiang Canaan Technology, Centec Networks, Chelsio Communications, Credo, Dell EMC, Delta Electronics, Edom Technology, Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co.(Foxlink), Innovium, Barefoot Networks (an Intel Company), Inventec, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Quanta, Senao, Spirent Communications, Steligent Information Technologies Co., Wistron, Wistron NeWeb, and Wywinn Corporation.

Federated Wireless raises $51M for CBRS spectrum management

Federated Wireless, a start-up based in Arlington, Virginia, announced $51 million in Series C funding for its Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum management services.

Federated Wireless highlighted its role in the development of CBRS, including:

  • Co-founding the CBRS Alliance
  • Being the first to complete deployment of a nationwide Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) network
  • Readying multiple customers to deliver CBRS services using its Spectrum Controller (Spectrum Access System or SAS) when commercial services begin this month

The latest funding included contributions from existing investors Allied Minds, American Tower and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, in addition to new investors Pennant Investors and SBA Communications. The

“We passed all of the major hurdles on the road to CBRS deployment in the first half of 2019 and we are fully ready to engage the growing number and types of customers clamoring for access to shared spectrum services,” said Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO of Federated Wireless. “I would like to thank Allied Minds, American Tower, GIC, Pennant Investors and SBA Communications for their support and alignment with our vision for this truly unique opportunity. This funding will propel us, and by extension the CBRS industry as a whole, to new heights, helping us to ensure that we are able to not only meet but exceed the needs of the customers and partners who have collaborated so closely with us to make this vision a reality.”

http://www.federatedwireless.com

Samsung's prototype Key Value SSD offloads processing from server

Samsung Electronics announced the first standards-based prototype of a new type of SSD that moves the storage workload from the server CPUs into the SSD.

Samsung’s KV SSD prototype is based on a new open standard for a Key Value Application Programming Interface (KV API) that was recently approved by SNIA.

Samsung says there are numerous benefits of KV storage technology. Rather than operating as a block device, the KV SSD moves resource-draining storage operations from the host CPU to the SSD itself. This results in:

  • Much-improved system-level performance
  • Freeing the CPU from computational work, such as block operations and storage-level garbage collection
  • Substantially greater scalability in the number of linked SSDs by reducing CPU overload
  • Greatly reduced write amplification (WAF)
  • Much less wear on each SSD
  • Greater software efficiency

SNIA’s KV API standard was developed in response to growing concern that as the speed of SSDs further increases, system-level performance was reaching the point of saturation, allowing relatively few SSDs to be optimally interlinked. As the performance of SSDs continues to improve, the situation is expected to worsen when ever-increasing loads are placed on the CPU to manage block operations.

While there are other approaches to this now under development, KV SSD technology is likely to be the most cost-efficient for use with many storage appliances and IT systems.

“The SNIA KV API specification, which provides an industry-wide interface between an application and a Key Value SSD, paves the way for widespread industry adoption of a standardized KV API protocol,” said Michael Oros, SNIA Executive Director.

CIG demos 200G FR4 optical module for DCI

Cambridge Industries Group (CIG) will demonstrate a 200G FR4 optical module at this week's CIOE 2019 exhibition in Shenzhen, China. The module is fully compliant with Open Eye MSA specifications and interoperable with multiple vendors’ products including DSP based 200G optical modules.

“This live demonstration of our new analog CDR based 200G FR4 module, in addition to our DSP-based modules, reaffirms our commitment to bring low cost and low power technologies to the industry,” said Gerry Wong, CEO of CIG. “CIG is the first in the world to introduce this product into the datacenter interconnect market, and together with our large scale, high quality automated manufacturing capabilities, we are capable of quickly meeting the needs of the DCI market.”

The module adopts 50Gbps PAM-4 format and advanced technologies in analog clock and data recovery (CDR) chipsets. This enables lower cost, lower power, and lower latency compared to DSP-based modules. Low latency is especially important because mission critical applications such as real-time application or high- frequency trading require very low latency transmission.

CIG said it is applying its expertise and leadership in optical module design and manufacturing for 25Gbps, 100Gbps and 400Gbps products into these new 200Gbps modules targeted for datacenter applications. The product is in the early sampling stage with general availability (GA) expected in early 2020.

ThousandEyes targets app, infrastructure and Internet performance visibility

ThousandEyes introduced an Internet-aware synthetic monitoring solution for proactive detection of application performance issues.

ThousandEyes Synthetics visually correlates application performance to underlying infrastructure and Internet delivery performance in a single, shareable dashboard for instant root cause identification and collaborative issue remediation.

The solution combines a new, programmable javascript-based approach with deep active monitoring that correlates application insights gathered through synthetic tests with HTTP, network metrics, network paths, Internet routing, and outage visibility, in a single view.

"Traditional synthetic monitoring solutions simply don't cut it in today's Internet-dependent, cloud-centric ecosystem. An app-centric view with no knowledge of the underlying dependencies leaves IT, Digital Ops and service delivery teams dead in the water while troubleshooting application performance issues," said ThousandEyes vice president of product, Joe Vaccaro. "ThousandEyes Synthetics enables both SaaS app owners and IT teams to deliver and deploy with confidence knowing they will be able to quickly identify exactly what's causing any issues in end-user digital experience regardless of where the issue lies, eliminating massive business continuity risks."


STACK expands data center in Portland

STACK INFRASTRUCTURE announced a major expansion of its data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. The near-term campus additions will provide more than 60MW of additional critical capacity and, when combined with STACK’s established Hillsboro facilities, bring the company’s total capacity in Hillsboro to nearly 100MW. STACK developed its first data center here in 2012.

“STACK has a rich heritage in Hillsboro, where we’ve built some of our most important and enduring client relationships,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer of STACK. “We view this as a high-priority market for ongoing investment, and this is only the beginning of the presence STACK intends to build as we rapidly scale our critical capacity.”

STACK operates data centers in six U.S. markets: Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Northern Virginia; Portland, Oregon; and Silicon Valley.

http://www.stackinfra.com

STACK issues $850 million in bonds for its data center ambitions

STACK Infrastructure, the new data center company that combines facilities from Infomart Data Centers and IPI Partners,  announced the issuance of $850 million of securitized notes (rated investment grade at A- by Standard & Poor’s).

STACK said it is committed to being the data center industry leader in building and delivering flexible critical infrastructure solutions that meet and support the complex requirements of enterprise and hyperscale deployments.

“This financing immediately positions STACK with the long-term capital structure to support the scaled critical infrastructure demands of our growing clients,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased that the offering was well received by investors and believe their confidence highlights the strength of our team and the quality of the platform we’ve assembled. This is just the most recent success of many since STACK launched and there is much more to come."

http://www.stackinfra.com

STACK Infrastructure outlines U.S. data center strategy

STACK Infrastructure, the new data center company that combines facilities from Infomart Data Centers and IPI Partners, unveiled its newly established platform and strategy for rapidly scaling enterprises and hyperscale companies.

STACK, which is underwritten by IPI Partners, combines existing operating data centers in six U.S. markets with significant expansion and development capacity. The company’s offering includes hyperscale campuses and build-to-suit data centers, immediately available wholesale colocation and private data suites, and powered shell options.

The existing STACK operating assets, totaling over 100 megawatts of capacity and approximately 1.5 million square feet in aggregate, include:

Assets previously marketed under the Infomart Data Centers brand:

  • Ashburn, Virginia
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Silicon Valley, California

Other assets already owned by IPI Partners:
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (2)
STACK also owns development parcels in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Silicon Valley available for additional future development, including data center campuses and build-to-suits. In addition, the Company will continue to expand in existing and new markets in the future to meet the growing demands of clients.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

HiWire aims for standard Active Electrical Cables at 400G and up

A new HiWire Consortium has been established to pursue the standardization and certification of a new category of Active Electrical Cables (AEC). The group is dedicated to the establishment and ongoing development of an AEC standard that defines a specific implementation of the many industry MSAs and a formal certification process. This will enable an ecosystem of trusted Plug and Play AECs, available from multiple sources, for the hyperscale data center, telecom and enterprise markets.

HiWire AECs provide a full solution for layer 1 and 2 interconnect to deliver persistent and deterministic connectivity necessary for the next generation of data centers as the industry moves to 400G and beyond.

The founding companies of the HiWire Consortium are: Accton Technology, Alpha Networks, Arrcus, Bizlink, Cameo Communications, Zhejiang Canaan Technology, Centec Networks, Chelsio Communications, Credo, Dell EMC, Delta Electronics, Edom Technology, Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co.(Foxlink), Innovium, Barefoot Networks (an Intel Company), Inventec, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Quanta, Senao, Spirent Communications, Steligent Information Technologies Co., Wistron, Wistron NeWeb, and Wywinn Corporation.

“We are delighted and humbled by the widespread support for Credo and the HiWire Consortium,” said Bill Brennan, CEO of Credo. “The founding members all share a desire for thinner, longer and more reliable interconnect solutions. The consortium provides the framework to deliver a robust supply of interoperable solutions for 400G and beyond.”

“As new high-performance software workloads hit the network, the availability of reliable, low cost 400G interconnect is crucial,” said Ed Doe, vice president in Intel’s Connectivity Group and General Manager of the Barefoot Division. “The HiWire Consortium will go a step beyond MSAs and deliver to the datacenter what they have demanded from the start – truly interoperable interconnect solutions from a broad vendor base which will accelerate the adoption of our 12.8 Tbps P4-programmable Barefoot Ethernet switch series.”

“400G Ethernet represents a very challenging transition for the networking industry,” said Bob Wheeler, Principal Analyst at The Linley Group. “Creating a specific implementation and formal certification program around the many industry MSAs and standards is key to enabling trusted cables from multiple sources.”

https://hiwire.org



Open Eye Consortium completes 53 Gbps single-mode spec

The Open Eye Consortium (Open Eye MSA) released its 53Gbps single-mode specification to its members, which defines the requirements for fully analog PAM-4 solutions for 50G SFP, 100G DSFP, 100G SFP-DD, 200G QSFP, and 400G QSFP-DD and OSFP single-mode modules.

The Open Eye MSA aims to accelerate the adoption of PAM-4 optical interconnects scaling to 50Gbps, 100Gbps, 200Gbps, and 400Gbps by expanding upon existing standards to enable optical module implementations using less complex, lower cost, lower power, and optimized analog clock and data recovery (CDR) based architectures in addition to existing digital signal processing (DSP) architectures.

Multi-vendor interoperability demonstrations of products based on the new specification will be showcased at CIOE 2019 in Shenzhen, China and ECOC 2019 in Dublin, Ireland in September. Further, the Open Eye MSA has already begun work on defining the multi-mode specification which is targeted for release in Spring 2020.

The Open Eye MSA extends membership to Anritsu, Dust Photonics, Fujitsu Optical Components, HG, Inopticals, Marvell, MultiLane, SAMTEC, and Tektronix.

MACOM and Semtech Corporation initiated the formation of the Open Eye MSA with 28 current members in Promoter and Contributing membership classes.

Promoters include: Applied Optoelectronics Inc., Cambridge Industries Group (CIG), Juniper Networks, Luxshare-ICT, MACOM, Mellanox, Molex, and Semtech Corporation.

Contributors include: Anritsu, Accelink, Cloud Light Technology, ColorChip, Dust Photonics, Fujitsu Optical Components, HG, InnoLight, Inopticals, Keysight Technologies, Marvell, Maxim Integrated, MultiLane, O-Net, Optomind, SAMTEC, Source Photonics, Sumitomo Electric and Tektronix.

http://www.openeye-msa.org

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