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Finisar Launches 400G QSFP-DD Devices At OFC 2018


Also expands product portfolio with next generation 100G serial QSFP28 transceiver and first 50G SFP56 transceivers

Finisar has introduced several new products which it will demonstrate at OFC, the optical networking and communication conference and exhibition at San Diego Convention Centre, March 13-15.

These include 400G QSFP-DD LR8 and FR8 transceivers, a 400G QSFP-DD active optical cable, a 100G serial QSFP28 transceiver, and two 50G SFP56 transceivers supporting a variety of next generation of Ethernet applications. See these products and demonstrations at the San Diego Convention Center, March 13-15, in Finisar's booth #3713.

These new form factors and data rates represent the latest advances in networking technology, geared toward the next generation of optics that will operate at 50 and 100 Gb/s per lane. The 50G and 100G lanes use PAM4 encoding instead of the traditional non-return-to-zero (NRZ) format, and are crucial to enable hyperscale data centres, service providers and enterprises to meet voracious bandwidth demands.

The QSFP-DD (Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable Interface Double Density) is the latest module form factor targeting 400G data rates. The design provides an eight-lane electrical interface, compared to traditional single or four-lane interfaces, thereby increasing bandwidth, channel capacity and port density. Defined by the QSFP-DD MSA Group, this module addresses the need for high-density, high-speed networking solutions in a backward compatible form factor.

"Today, we have established a number of industry first optical modules that will enable Finisar to maintain its leadership position for the next generation of products," said Rafik Ward, senior VP, Global Marketing at Finisar. "Building upon 30 years of success, we are gearing up for a new era of optical interfaces that will be built on 50G and 100G PAM4 technology. This will enable us to deliver unprecedented bandwidth to customers in form factors that are backwards compatible with industry established footprints."

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