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Santur ramps up production of 100Gbps CFP optical modules

The new 10X10 MSA compliant module is enabled by photonic integrated architecture and is claimed to slash costs and power by 50%.

To extend its leadership in delivering photonic integrated solutions with disruptive cost per bit and unmatched energy efficiency, Santur has announced the general availability of its 100Gbps CFP optical modules compliant with 10X10 MSA (Multi Source Agreement).

The 2 km reach of this new version of Santur’s 100Gbps CFP Optical Modules bridges the gap between 100m multi-mode and 10 km Single Mode Fibre (SMF) solutions enabling the roll-out of new networks capable of delivering exponentially higher bandwidth at a significantly lower cost per bit. Unlike 100m Multi Mode based on ribbons of fibre, this solution operates on a conventional Single Mode Fibre (SMF) enabling extended reach of 2Km. Compared with other 4x25G 100Gbps implementations for single-mode fibre, this approach does not require 25Gbps electronics such as gearbox ICs to convert 10Gbps data streams to intermediate 25Gbps lanes.

“For more than 20 years, we have been discussing the possibility of integrating multiple active optical components on a single chip to reduce cost and power. Over time, several companies have tried but none offered such high level of integration that allowed us to meet our cost and power targets,” said Paul Meissner, President and CEO of Santur. “The hybrid integration platform scales to higher data rates and wider WDM lanes to create many product variants based on a common architecture targeted at cost effectively meeting the needs to expand the global Internet infrastructure.”

Santur’s new 100Gbps CFP Optical Modules, which entered full-scale production in early June, deliver disruptive cost per bit at 100Gbps comparable to that of 10G XFP modules shipping today. Based on volume production pricing, the new 100Gbps CFP module will have an entry point of below $5K in 100 units or higher volumes. In addition to enabling lower cost, the new modules further improve the energy efficiency by slashing max power dissipation down to 13W to match power per bit metrics comparable to 10Gbps SFP+ optical modules.

Santur Corporation is a leading integrated device manufacturer of Photonic Integrated Circuits. Having established its position as a leader in high-performance tunable laser arrays for metro and long-haul WDM systems, Santur now is the world leader in photonic integrated products for SMF 40Gbps and 100Gbps client and coherent applications.
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