Ekinops' new pluggable module targets 800G opportunities

April 9, 2024
The company said the new solution will double capacity and extend reach.

Ekinops is establishing a foothold in the burgeoning 800G optical market with the debut of its PM_800FR04 pluggable module for the Ekinops360 WDM optical transport system, which is based on its FlexRate™ technology.

The vendor claims the solution can reach regional distances at a total line rate and long-haul transport at 400G.

This product comes when the 800G market is set for rapid growth. New market research firm Cignal AI forecasts that the transponder-based 800G optics market will grow by 40% in 2024.

With this latest addition to Ekinops' FlexRate™ family, the new 800G module enhances the performance of the Ekinops360 platform. It has an extended reach 400G capability that allows service providers to double their capacity on long haul routes and an 800G line rate for metro-regional applications.

The PM_800FR04 provides multi-protocol, multi-rate client support for 100GbE, OTU4, and 400GbE services and can be combined with other Ekinops360 line cards for low-speed service aggregation onto 800G links. Compatible with existing Ekinops360 chassis, it makes Ekinops one of a limited few equipment vendor able to offer 800G capability in a standard 300mm telco form factor.

The PM_800FR04 is currently being quoted to customers with general availability in the second quarter of 2024.

"With the boundary between metro, regional and long-haul networks continuing to blur, it solves a lot of problems with superior performance, namely the ability to provide long haul 400G connectivity as well as 800G where it's needed,” said Sylvain Quartier, Chief Marketing Officer at Ekinops. 

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