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Macom and AOI Collaborate on Datacentre transceivers

 Agreement to support initial orders and production ramp of 100G QSFP28 optical transceivers

Macom, a supplier of RF, microwave, and photonic semiconductors, and Applied Optoelectronics Inc (AOI) a provider of fibre-optic access network products, have announced their collaboration to support initial orders and production ramp of 100G QSFP28 optical transceiver solutions for datacentre applications.

The QSFP28 transceiver is the predominant form factor for 100G switching and routing connectivity, and a key enabler as 100G begins to ramp in datacentres. As part of the collaboration, AOI will use Macom's broad portfolio of CDRs, drivers and TIA chipsets in its QSFP28 solution. Macom chipsets provide low power and a small form factor which are critical enablers for the QSFP28 solutions.

"Macom offers an extensive chipset product portfolio for datacentre applications for both CWDM and PSM-4 applications, that is key for the transition of the mega-datacentre customers from 40G to 100G," said Joshua Yeh, senior VP of AOI's network qquipment module business unit. "Through this collaboration coupled with our internally sourced 25G laser diodes and 100G light engines, AOI is excited to offer customers volume production of 100G transceivers optimized for datacentres."

"This multimillion dollar order from AOI marks the beginning of a collaboration in support of AOI's market leading position in the 100G optical datacentre access market, builds upon on our success in the 100G Long-Haul and Metro optical market and underscores that Macom is well positioned to benefit as 100G continues to ramp in datacentres," said Preet Virk, senior VP and general manager, networks, Macom. "We believe we have the requisite technology, products and application support to enable datacentre customers faster time to market while solving their most complex connectivity issues."

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