01 Oct 2015
Visitors flock to Valencia to discover latest developments in next-gen optical networking.
ECOC 2015: held in Valencia's Feria exhibition centre.
Industry conference sessions included eleven Market Focus presentations, covering such hot topics as: mass-market broadband access, data center opportunities, and optics applications in cloud computing
At least 5,500 visitors attended in 2014 in Cannes, a figure that was expected to have increased again this year. In 2015, more than 300 specialist suppliers exhibited at the Feria Valencia, showcasing their latest product developments, services and solutions. Here, optics.org presents a sample of some of the key new products, with the most notable trend the widespread availability of new 400G network solutions.
Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance saidd, “Ethernet is in an exceptional period of evolution and advancement, including the development of six new speeds over the next five years. As Ethernet branches out, the optical industry is innovating to improve thermal management to increase density of modules. Modules are also being designed to support 50Gbps lanes. Optical modules are essential to supporting Ethernet’s new speeds, so recognizing where these pockets of opportunity lie is vitally important.”
The 400GE CFP8 module is a first-generation optical transceiver form factor for 400G Ethernet applications. Already being defined by the CFP MSA, CFP8 enables 6.4 Tb/s on a 1RU host system card. With physical dimensions similar to a CFP2 module, it is currently the only form factor that supports both multimode and single mode applications at this link speed, as well as both CDAUI-16 (16x25G) and CDAUI-8 (8x50G) electrical I/O.
NeoPhotonics announced a suite of products and technologies designed to support 400G and beyond optical transport across multiple network segments, including long haul, metro and data center interconnects (DCI).
NeoPhotonics’ 400G product and technology suite addresses each of the approaches for increasing transport bandwidth. Conceptually, the most straight forward path to increasing the bandwidth is to increase the symbol rate by increasing the raw speed of the optical system. NeoPhotonics’ indium phosphide-based high speed waveguide photo-detectors can be incorporated in both monolithic and hybrid integrated coherent receivers and are capable of supporting symbol rates of 64Gbaud, which is twice the standard 32Gbaud in current 100G systems.
Lumentum said its single-slot TrueFlex Super Transport Blades enable "unparalleled networking flexibility, scalability, and performance to ensure that the CDC ROADM infrastructure supports network evolution beyond 100G". In addition, Lumentum is showcasing network-ready, rack-mountable 1RU ROADM whiteboxes that can be used for the construction of a modular and dynamic network infrastructure ready to support Software Defined Networking (SDN).
II‐VI, a developer of solutions for next generation optical networks, showcased its new 1W 980 nm pump laser product as well as the new OTDR+ product platform.
Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, VP Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group, said, “Optical networks are the backbone of the global, regional and local communication infrastructure. Our 1W 980 nm Pump Laser is the most advanced commercially available pump laser technology in terms of high laser conversion efficiency and low power consumption. Furthermore, our OTDR+ Platform is the first commercially available OTDR specifically designed for embedded monitoring applications in long‐haul and regional optical network equipment.”
Also shown was Santec’s programmable wavelength and bandwidth-tunable filter, the OTF 980. This is a versatile programmable optical tunable filter that allows simultaneous and independent tuning of center wavelength and bandwidth over C & L bands. The OTF-980 is built with novel free-space optics combined with an ultra-fine tuning mechanism to ensure precise filter control and a flat-top passband shape. Wavelength range: C&L-band 1525-1610nm; bandwidth adjustable range: 0.03-3.0nm; and flat-top filter shape with steep filter slope: 1000dB/nm.
The 70S – Fujikura’s "gold standard" single fiber splicer – was also on show. Specifically designed for speed, durability and ergonomics, the 70S is the fastest splicer on the market, with a splicing time of just six seconds and an improved shrink time of nine seconds.
Neil Bessant, Fusion Splicer Divisional Manager at Fujikura Europe, said, “We have designed the 70S to be ergonomic, fast and to have great durability whilst reducing splicing time to just seven seconds, and the 22S delivers high-quality splicing without a higher price tag.”
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Matthew Peach is a contributing editor to optics.org.