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MaxLinear launches 32Gbaud coherent modulator driver IC

MaxLinear, a provider of radio frequency and mixed-signal integrated circuits for communications applications, has unveiled the MxL9207, a quad-channel lithium niobate (LiNbO3) Mach-Zehnder (MZ) modulator driver IC for next-generation 100Gb/s optical networks.

The MxL9207 supports complex modulation schemes for coherent transmission in ultra-long-haul networks, which have the most challenging system requirements. With a 19mm x 13mm SMT package, the device is suitable for both new and legacy 100Gb/s coherent system designs.

The MxL9207 features a per-channel data rate of 32Gbaud with low jitter and low power dissipation. The 7.5Vpp output swing capability makes it an ideal fit for 100Gbps ultra-long-haul and long-haul applications.  The device features output crossing-point and output amplitude control. It also has an integrated bias-tee to maintain optimal power dissipation.

“The demand for 100Gbps coherent systems for ultra-long-haul and long-haul optical network applications is growing rapidly. The MxL9207 driver provides industry-leading combination of rich features and high output-voltage-driving capability, which meets the highest performance requirements critical to next-generation infrastructure deployments,” said Dr. Kishore Seendripu, MaxLinear CEO and President.

The MxL9207 is sampling now and will be in production Q4 2016.



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