Two major next-generation optical communications standards will be up and running at the sector's annual gathering next week.
At the Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) in Anaheim on March 22-24, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will feature multi-vendor interoperability of two different critical developing technologies -- pluggable coherent optics and 56Gbit/second electrical interfaces.
Both of these developments are critical to your next generation designs and will impact your work going forward. The developing ecosystems of participants and testable parts in these demos validate the momentum of these projects and the progress being made.
The OIF recently published the CFP2-ACO Implementation Agreement that defines all functions required to perform bi-directional dual polarization coherent optical signaling over a pair of single mode optical fibers in a CFP2 pluggable module. Live CFP2-ACO pluggable coherent optics will show signals of early stage products along with the relevant test equipment.
Separately, the OIF has been busy working to define requirements for 56Gbps electrical interfaces over various electrical reaches with multiple modulations to enable the next generations of data communications equipment. Today’s growing array of computing and communications applications drives the need for multiple electrical interfaces that optimize latency, reach, power, cost, etc.
The live interoperability demos for 56G electrical interfaces will include a wide range of channel reaches from very short reach to medium and long reach. They include both NRZ and PAM4 modulation formats as well as the appropriate test platforms.
The participating companies in the OFC demo include Amphenol, Anritsu, ClariPhy, Credo, Fujitsu Optical Components, Inphi, Keysight Technologies, Molex, MultiLane, TE Connectivity, Tektronix and Yamaichi Electronics.
The OIF also will host at OFC a public workshop on the topic of developing 100G serial electrical interfaces. It will feature industry subject matter experts and an industry view presented by Dale Murray, principal analyst at LightCounting. The OIF membership includes suppliers of semiconductors, optical technologies, connectors, cables, test equipment, communications equipment and service providers/end users.
--Nathan Tracy is a system architecture technologist for TE Connectivity, formerly Tyco Electronics. He also serves the OIF as the Technical Committee Chair.