Mintera, ClariPhy partner for 40G coherent product

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- Mintera Corp. and ClariPhy Communications Inc. say they have partnered to deliver a next-generation 40-Gbps DWDM coherent optical transport product. Mintera’s MI 5000XM 40 Gbps Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Phase Shift Keyed (PM-QPSK) transceiver module will employ a mixed-signal ASIC designed and supplied by ClariPhy.

DECEMBER 7, 2009 -- Mintera Corp. and ClariPhy Communications Inc. say they have partnered to deliver a next-generation 40-Gbps DWDM coherent optical transport product. Mintera’s MI 5000XM 40 Gbps Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Phase Shift Keyed (PM-QPSK) transceiver module will employ a mixed-signal ASIC designed and supplied by ClariPhy.

Said Terry Unter, Mintera president and CEO, “The combination of Mintera’s market-proven optical and module design capability with ClariPhy’s silicon-proven experience in digital signal processing (DSP) and mixed-signal IC design will deliver a market-leading and much needed product in the 40-Gbps marketplace. We have been working in close collaboration for several months and expect to be shipping products in Q4 2010.”

The partnership agreement includes joint specification and optimization of the ClariPhy ASIC and surrounding optical components, which enables Mintera to be first to market with a module incorporating ClariPhy’s ASIC.

“Mintera’s leadership position in the 40 Gbps market, strong endorsements from Tier 1 OEMs, and deep expertise in optical transmission make them an excellent lead partner for our 40-Gbps coherent ASIC,” said Dr. Paul Voois, cofounder and CEO of ClariPhy. “In developing this ASIC, ClariPhy is building on its proven high-speed DSP and mixed-signal expertise to be the first to deliver a 40-Gbps coherent ASIC in low-power, single-chip CMOS technology.”

The MI 5000XM coherent module will enable the design of cost-effective transmission systems on the most demanding transmission routes, Mintera asserts. The device will be compatible with Mintera’s MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK product on 50-GHz channel-spaced systems and transmission over agile ROADM networks. The unit will conform to the industry standard footprint and incorporate an electrical mux/demux for compatibility with any 40-Gbps framer. The module will have a 300-pin MSA connector with support for the appropriate I2C commands, thus enabling simple hardware and software integration, Mintera concludes.

“Aggressive growth in the 40-Gbps WDM market, due to multiple wide-scale network deployments now underway, has created the need for high-performance DWDM modules to support the most demanding network transmission applications,” said Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. “Mintera’s new MI 5000XM PM-QPSK Coherent 40 Gbps product appears positioned to be a significant player in these deployments, given its capabilities of ultra-long haul reach and high tolerance to signal distortions.”

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