Molex unveils 100G, 400G optical transceivers

April 29, 2021
The optical modules are part of the company’s efforts to develop and deliver a complete range of 100G-per-lambda optical transceivers for high-performance data center, cloud, and wireless connectivity requirements.

As part of a broader upgrade of its interconnect portfolio, Molex has introduced new 100G and 400G optical transceivers. The optical modules are part of the company’s efforts to develop and deliver a complete range of 100G-per-lambda optical transceivers for high-performance data center, cloud, and wireless connectivity requirements.

Molex says its optical module portfolio includes IEEE- and MSA-compliant devices; the company adds it has plotted a roadmap to 800G and complementary products to serve both intra-data center and data center interconnect applications. The growing optical transceiver family includes 100G-DR, 100G-FR, 100G-LR, 400G-DR4 (500 m and 2 km), 400G-FR4, 400G-LR4, 400G-ZR, and 400G-ZR+ optical modules.

The optical transceivers leverage the company’s vertical-integration expertise in silicon photonics, photonic integration, module assembly, and packaging. Molex says it therefore can deliver optimized data rates and low power consumption in a small form factor.

Molex has worked with Innovium on reference designs for the optical modules. “Collaborating with Molex on next-generation interconnect innovations and reference designs enables us to meet evolving customer needs,” stated Amit Sanyal, vice president of marketing at Innovium. “Innovium’s highly power efficient 32-port 800G TERALYNX 8 switch leverages Molex’s pluggable QSFP-DD800 modules and BiPass I/O technology to drive better performance and operational efficiencies while benefiting customers with the delivery of pre-tested and pre-validated reference designs.”

Molex also introduced 112G Active Electrical Cables (AECs) to extend its line of copper interconnect products.

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