Kaiam Introduces Enhanced 100G CWDM4+
Kaiam has announced the availability of an enhanced series of 100G CWDM4+ transceivers that offers substantially higher performance than the CWDM4 standard and is optimised as well as tested for added reliability.
MSA standard transceiver specifications are often inadequate to account for losses due to variations in data centre fibre plant, adding to the cost of deployment. Furthermore, even low failure rates of transceivers add substantial operating cost for data centers. Kaiam’s new enhanced specification and increased reliability transceiver addresses both concerns without additional cost.
These enhanced CWDM4+ transceivers provide -1dBm minimum Tx OMA, 3dB more than required by the CWDM4 standard. This, in turn, supports 3dB more link budget than the CWDM4 standard requires, supporting more robust links in the face of various real-world data center link impairments. Similar to a space-grade production process, each fully assembled module undergoes environmental test and burn-in prior to shipment, as well as routine chip-level screening, resulting in higher reliability.
Kaiam is able to deliver this enhanced CWDM4+ performance at no cost increase over standard CWDM4 due to its superior technology platform. Kaiam’s elegant LightScale2 architecture simplifies both optical and high-speed electrical paths. The optical path, based on Kaiam’s OWBTM (Optical Wire Bond) technology, uses far fewer components than competing legacy solutions, resulting in lower optical losses. Signal integrity is improved by eliminating flex circuits and hermetic gold boxes, enabling very high product yields even under more challenging CWDM4+ specs.
“Kaiam is uniquely positioned to address the data center deployment issues encountered by our customers," stated Jeremy Dietz, VP of Global Sales & Marketing. “By enabling more link budget and delivering higher reliability than standard products, many of these issues can be avoided. We have moved the technology needle considerably, proving that the CWDM4 standard specs are overly conservative in today’s world. Our recently expanded production capacity in Livingston, UK combined with that from our partnership with Broadex provides customers with quick access to improved value."