Oclaro is sampling of its second-generation tunable SFP+ module operating at high temperatures of up to 85°C with very low power consumption. The device paves the way for tunable lasers to be used in cost-sensitive, environmentally challenging applications like fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and mobile fronthaul applications, the company says.
Tunable SFP+ modules are important building blocks for next-generation network equipment and have been replacing older fixed wavelength devices in metro networks. Oclaro has been shipping its first-generation tunable SFP+ module in volume production since the fall of 2014 and is now sampling this second-generation module to key customers.
Building on Oclaro’s strong history of 10G tunable DWDM products, the new tunable SFP+ module delivers the size and power needed for next-generation data centre, metro and regional optical networks. It also serves as a building block for emerging new applications such as FTTH and 4G/5G LTE wireless fronthaul networks that might require DWDM functionality in the future.
“In order to effectively address the bandwidth bottlenecks in the network caused by increased internet and mobile traffic, our customers are under constant pressure to deliver higher-density line cards operating at high temperatures without sacrificing power and performance,” said Yves LeMaitre, president of the optical connectivity business at Oclaro. “Our tunable SFP+ modules solve these pain points by leveraging Oclaro’s indium phosphide leadership in photonic integration to achieve market leading performance across a wide temperature range, and it also positions us well for future high-volume applications where low cost and operation at high temperatures are of the essence.”
Sampling today, Oclaro’s second-generation tunable SFP+ module is fully compliant with the SFP multi-source agreement form factor, operates below 1.5W from 0 to 70°C, and supports extended temperatures up to 85°Cwith a maximum power consumption of 1.8W.
The device is tunable across the full C-band with 96 channels on the ITU-T 50GHz grid and supports high tranmit power of up to +1.2dBm with multi-rate operation between 9.95 Gb/s and 11.3 Gb/s.
The companies broad tunable SFP+ portfolio also includes zero chirp, L-band, and PIN ROSA variants. Oclaro will be showcasing its complete line of tunable laser products at OFC 2015 in booth #2011.