PacketLight Networks’ PL4000M Muxponder/ADM now supports 600G

July 18, 2023
The upgraded product will provide benefits for current and future deployments and 5G front-haul applications.

PacketLight Networks has upgraded the PL-4000M muxponder to support 600 Gbps in the current 1U device footprint, allowing service providers to increase network backbone capacity and more rapidly introduce new services.

The PL-4000M aggregates a mix of Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and OTN services into uplinks of 200/300/400Gbps capacity. Additionally, the device now also supports 25 GbE service type, leveraging existing 10 GbE fiber cables.

It delivers high-capacity transport of 10/25/100 GbE, 16G FC, and OTU2/2e/4 services over 200/300/400 Gbps wavelengths with enhanced spectral efficiency. By utilizing alien wavelengths without requiring the replacement of existing infrastructure, the device can accelerate new service introductions and increases the capacity of existing DCI, metro, short-haul, and long-haul network backbones.

As a platform that allows providers to leverage and extend existing infrastructure, the PL-4000M supports 25 GbE client service over existing 10 GbE cables, using fewer optical modules to deliver double the density, and simplifying network upgrades. The integrated 1U footprint saves rack space, and low power consumption per transmitted bit, all of which reduce the overall cost of the transport solution. It offers elevated levels of security with embedded Layer-1 GCM-AES-256 optical encryption using elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman key exchange, FIPS-140-3 level 2 compliant.

"This latest upgrade to the PL-4000M represents a leap forward in performance and functionality, and that benefits both current and future deployments, and 5G front-haul applications,” said Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight. “With this upgrade, we continue our commitment to delivering cutting-edge technology that exceeds our customers' expectations and sets new standards in the industry."

Another key benefit is flexibility.

The PL-4000M supports 200/300/400 Gbps uplinks over CFP2-DCO Open ROADM coherent pluggable modules, eliminating vendor lock-in, reducing long-term total cost of ownership (TCO), and accelerating return on investment (ROI). Flexible configuration of the uplinks enables transport of up to 600 Gbps, with each uplink transporting 200 Gbps QPSK in ultra-long-haul applications, 300 Gbps QAM16 in metro and long-haul applications, or 400G 16QAM in DCI and metro applications.

The PL-4000M provides full demarcation between the service and the OTN/DWDM uplink and offers seamless interoperability with third-party switches and routers. The product delivers full visibility and performance monitoring of both the line optical transport layer (OTN) and service interfaces. 

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Sean Buckley

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