Molex offers ELSIS co-packaged optics hybrid optical-electrical interconnects

Sept. 8, 2022
The CPO interconnect system is sampling, with full release scheduled for the third quarter of next year, according to the company.

Molex has unveiled its External Laser Source Interconnect System (ELSIS), a pluggable module for co-packaged optics (CPO) interconnect requirements. ELSIS comprises a cage and optical and electrical connectors within a pluggable module. The CPO interconnect system is sampling, with full release scheduled for the third quarter of next year, according to the company.

ELSIS, based on a blind mating approach enables a complete external laser source system for safe, easy implementation and maintenance, says Molex. The company notes that external laser source systems for CPO typically rely on a complex mix of optical and electrical connectors, pluggable modules, internal host system fiber-optic cabling, and cages. ELSIS is a fully engineered, plug-and-play system that obviates the need for a lengthy design cycle to integrate these components, Molex asserts.

In addition to the samples, Molex is also making available supporting design and development materials that include 3D models, technical drawings, and specifications. The company will display ELSIS in Booth 127 at ECOC 2022 on September 19-21 in Basel, Switzerland.

“From high-speed networking chips to graphics processing units (GPUs) and AI engines, the demand for I/O bandwidth continues to escalate,” said Tom Marrapode, director of advanced technology development, Molex Optical Solutions, in describing the need for ELSIS. “By placing the optics closer to these ASICs, CPO will address the growing complexities associated with high-speed electrical traces, including signal integrity, density, and power consumption.”

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