NeoPhotonics Corp. (NYSE: NPTN) says it is sampling a Class 40 high-bandwidth micro-intradyne coherent receiver (ICR), which the company has on display at ECOC 2016 this week. The HB Micro-ICR supports 64 Gbaud symbol rates, double the bandwidth of standard 32-Gbaud ICRs.
The HB Micro-ICR will support higher order modulation up to 64 QAM which, when coupled with NeoPhotonics' ultra-narrow linewidth, external cavity Micro-ITLA laser, can achieve 600 Gbps over data center interconnect distances of 80 km. With dual-polarization QPSK modulation, the micro ICR can extend reach to 2000 km at 200 Gbps.
According to NeoPhotonics, using the company's coherent components, system designers can increase the bandwidth up to a factor of six and dynamically change the reach and modulation format while keeping the number of components unchanged. This enables software-defined networks (SDN) and significantly reduces the cost per bit.
"Our new HB Micro-ICR enables coherent system designers to greatly reduce the cost per bit by getting much higher data rates out of the same "number of optical components while, at the same time, flexibly changing the reach and data rate under software control in SDN," says Tim Jenks, chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.
The HB Micro-ICR was designed to support the Optical Internetworking Forum Implementation Agreement for Micro-Intradyne Coherent Receivers (#OIF-DPC-MRX-01.0). It is designed to fit into both CFP2-ACO and CFP-DCO pluggable modules.
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