MACOM Announces Industry’s First Single-Chip Solution for 100G Bidirectional Optical Connectivity

Jan. 31, 2019
  • New MALD-37845 integrates CDRs, TIAs and VCSEL drivers in a single, low cost chip
  • Full TX/RX solution is targeted for short reach 100G optical modules, AOCs and on-board optics
  • MALD-37845 will be showcased at CIOE in Booth #1A32, and ECOC in Booth #579
  • MALD-37845 is sampling to customers today

Lowell, Massachusetts, September 5, 2018 – MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of high-performance RF, microwave, millimeterwave and photonic solutions, today announced the industry’s first integrated, single-chip transmit and receive solution for short reach 100G optical transceivers, active optical cables (AOCs) and onboard optical engines. The seamless integration of four-channel Transmit and Receive Clock Data Recovery (CDRs), four Transimpedance Amplifiers (TIAs) and four Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VSCEL) drivers within the new MALD-37845 will afford customers unrivaled ease of use and reduced costs.

Supporting a full range of data rates from 24.3 to 28.1 Gbps, the new MALD-37845 is designed for use in CPRI, 100G Ethernet, 32G Fibre Channel and 100G EDR InfiniBand applications, and will provide customers with a low power, single-chip solution ideally suited for small form-factor optical subassemblies. The MALD-37845 supports interoperability with a variety of VCSEL lasers and photodetectors, and is firmware-compatible with earlier-generation MACOM solutions.

“Optical module and AOC providers are under tremendous pressure to enable their customers with 100G connectivity at volume scale,” said Marek Tlalka, Senior Director of Marketing, High-Performance Analog, MACOM. “We believe that the MALD-37845 overcomes the integration and cost challenges inherent to legacy multi-chip offerings, providing an elegant, high-performance solution for short reach 100G applications.”

MACOM’s MALD-37845 100G single-chip solutions are sampling to customers today, with production availability planned for the first half of 2019.

MACOM will be showcasing the new MALD-37845 at the China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE), Booth #1A32, in Shenzhen, China, September 5th – 8th, and at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC), Booth #579, in Rome, Italy, September 24th – 26th. For more information about MACOM’s optical and photonic technology solutions, visit www.macom.com.