Lumentum serves up new transceivers to address AI/ML data growth

Oct. 3, 2023
The optical company introduces InP-Based 1 30+ GBaud Smart TROSA, 800G ZR+ and 0dBm 400G ZR+ transceivers.

Glasgow, Scotland--Lumentum Holdings is taking advantage of the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) 2023 to showcase its 130+ GBaud Smart Transmitter Receiver Optical Sub-Assembly (TROSA) and its 800G ZR+ and 0dBm 400G ZR+ compact transceivers, two products that are capitalizing on the growth of Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning data traffic.

During the ECOC show, Lumentum demonstrated three products:

·      800G ZR+ and 0dBm 400G ZR+ Transceivers: Lumentum 800G ZR+ and 0dBm 400G ZR+ compact transceivers, which are designed to connect data centers, enable IP over DWDM by directly plugging into switches and routers. Available in QSFP-DD and OSFP form factors, these transceivers use Lumentum's new 130+ GBaud Smart TROSA, offers high output power and extended reach for metro and regional networks. A sampling of the transceivers will begin in December 2023, with an official release expected in the calendar year 2024.

·       InP-based 130+ GBaud Smart Transmitter Receiver Optical Sub-Assembly (TROSA): This optical component enables data rates of up to 800 Gbps on a single wavelength, allowing for a seamless transition to faster network architectures that can support increasing data traffic from emerging AI and ML applications. Lumentum showcased this technology within the Lumentum 800G ZR+ demo at their stand. This product is available for sampling now, complementing the nano-iTLA, CDM and ICR optical components that are already available and are currently being operated by multiple customers at up to 150 Gbaud.

·       M11 Series, Uncooled 980 nm Pump Modules: These compact modules offer low power consumption, Telcordia GR-468-CORE standards compliance, and wavelength selection for optimal spectrum control with high power output. They are well-suited for small form factor and pluggable Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFA), high bitrate and high channel-count EDFAs, and CATV distribution. The M11 series pump modules are now available for purchase.

Besides showcasing its new platforms, Lumentum participated in the Optical Internetworking Forum's (OIF’s) OIF 400ZR+ Interoperability and CMIS demonstrations.

Lumentum participated in the OIF's 400ZR Interoperability demonstration by integrating its 400ZR+ QSFP-DD and OSFP transceivers. These transceivers enable high-speed data transmission over long distances. The demonstration aims to show how optical module manufacturers reduce power consumption and complexity in data center interconnects while promoting interoperability.

The company also participated in OIF's Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) demonstration with its Open ZR+ and 400ZR QSFP-DD transceiver. CMIS has become the common yet flexible, management interface that provides both host and module vendors an interoperable path for integration and feature development.

OIF held what it said was its largest-ever multi-vendor interoperability demonstration at ECOC 2023, highlighting advancements in four key technology areas: 400ZR+ optics, Co-Packaging solutions, Common Electrical I/O (CEI) channels and Common Management Interface Specification (CMIS) implementations.

"As the technology landscape evolves at a breakneck pace and the relentless need for data-intensive applications persists, we’ve designed our products to support the increased level of efficiency and performance that’s essential in this new era," emphasized Wupen Yuen, President Cloud and Networking at Lumentum.

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Sean Buckley

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