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II-VI introduces POLS Platform for 400ZR Ecosystem at OFC 2020

Component, module, and subsystem vendor, II‐VI introduced a new pluggable optical line subsystem (POLS) platform on its booth at OFC. 

The platform is designed to enable the emerging 400ZR coherent transceiver ecosystem for next-generation data centre interconnects (DCIs).

The backdrop to the launch is the rapid growth of cloud computing, which is driving the upgrade cycle from 100G to 400G transmission in DCIs, spurring the demand for optical line systems that are more compact, power-efficient, and easier to install, configure, and operate. 

The company’s initial product from the POLS platform is the OSFP-LS, designed in the compact OSFP form factor, that plugs directly into a DCI switch port and enables full-duplex multi-channel 400ZR transport, including multiplexing, demultiplexing, and variable-gain amplification. The OSFP-LS supports up to eight DWDM wavelengths, or 3.2 Tb/s per fiber pair.

On the launch, Sanjai Parthasarathi, chief marketing officer at II-VI explained: ‘The POLS platform leverages significant breakthroughs in the areas of miniaturising optical components for amplification and wavelength management, while simultaneously improving performance and reducing power consumption. The POLS platform is enabled by II-VI’s vertically integrated portfolio of best-in-class components in the industry, including our uncooled, highly compact, 3-pin micropump, the smallest of its kind on the market.’


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