HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics will present its latest, ultra-compact, extended LAN-WDM optical sub-components at this year’s European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Düsseldorf, Germany, booth 259.
The new optical sub-components – which conform to the IEEE 802.3bs 400GBase-LR8/FR8 proposal and are compatible with the CFP8 form factor – comprise a compact, directly-reflecting, wavelength multiplexer. The product builds on the proven, reliable design applied in 100GBase-LR4/ER4 and 40GBase-LR4/ER4 transceivers.
“The extended LAN-WDM is an important development for the progress of 400GBase-LR8/FR8 pluggables and acts as a pre-cursor technology to integrated active-passive sub-components which we already are working on,” said Dr. Thomas Paatzsch, general manager of HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics AG.
With its miniature size of only 17.1 x 12.5 x 6.5mm, the extended LAN-WDM defines the standard for next-generation, client-side pluggable transceivers in data centres and access network applications. Cube Optics’ miniaturised packaging platform leverages advanced micro-injection moulding techniques and enables network operators to realize low-cost, high performance architectures.
“The increasing demand for higher bandwidth in metro access networks propels the industry to move toward higher transmission speeds,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman of Ethernet Alliance. “Continuing innovation and development of the optical technologies, such as HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics AG’s extended LAN-WDM, enables the industry to swiftly transition from 100G to the next generation of 400GbE client optics.”
The extended LAN-WDM components and modules are currently available for customer sampling. Volume production will start at the end of 2016.