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Ultra-small Optical Components Enable Pluggable Form-factor for Next-gen Metro Links

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Ultra-small Optical Components Enable Pluggable Form-factor for Next-gen Metro Links

A new range of ultra-compact optical components for use in emerging CFP2-ACO (Analog Coherent Optics) pluggable transceiver form-factor is unveiled by II‐VI Incorporated. The CFP2-ACO transceiver provides a cost-effective solution for bandwidth upgrades of data center interconnects and metro/regional networks. This transceiver’s small form factor also increases system interconnect density.

The company offers a portfolio of small, hybrid and tunable optical components as well as optical amplification solutions that are designed to meet the compact physical requirements of CFP2-ACO and other high-density transceivers. These components are said to boost optical signal strength, equalize the optical spectrum, maintain optical polarization states, filter out optical noise and prevent undesired optical reflections.

Following ultra-compact optical devices are offered:

  • 980 nm uncooled pump lasers in an 8-pin mini-DIL package
  • Integrated isolator and gain flattening filter (IGFF) hybrid devices
  • Integrated isolator and wavelength division multiplexer (IWDM) devices
  • Tunable optical filters for optical noise suppression
  • Prismatic polarization maintaining couplers
  • Innovative miniaturised custom amplifiers

“II-VI serves the CFP2-ACO market with the smallest commercially available 980 nm pump laser in the world, a multi-function micro-optics packaging platform, unique wavelength-tunable components and novel optical amplifier subsystem solutions. While already a market leader in standalone amplification for high bit rate transmission, II-VI now expands into integrated amplification for the rapidly-growing CFP2-ACO market. We believe that we have the smallest EDFA designs with the lowest power consumption in the industry today”, said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group.

These components for CFP2-ACO applications are Telcordia qualified and commercially available.

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