Mr. Vivek Rajgarhia reports
POET TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES A STRATEGIC COLLABORATION WITH ADVA FOR HIGHLY INTEGRATED 4X100G SOLUTIONS
Poet Technologies Inc. has developed multiengine 100G CWDM4 (coarse wavelength division multiplexing four-lane) and 100G LR4 (four-channel long reach) chip-on-board solutions for its lead customer, ADVA Optical Networking SE. ADVA will use Poet's multiengine transmit-and-receive chips in an innovative pluggable solution that packs the functionality of four independent 100 Gbit/s (gigabit per second) interfaces into a single QSFP-DD (quad small form factor pluggable double density) housing.
"ADVA's MicroMux quattro brings the industry's smallest aggregation technology all the way to the network core. Engineered as a standard-compliant plug in a QSFP-DD form factor, it fits into a 400 Gbit/s socket, enabling it to meet legacy needs. This innovative pluggable solution packs the functionality of four independent 100 Gbit/s interfaces, or two independent 200 Gbit/s interfaces, into a single QSFP-DD housing," said Ross Saunders, general manager of optical engines, ADVA. "Poet's unique design of its optical engines, with hybrid integration of optical chips and monolithically integrated MUX [multiplexer] and DMUX [demultiplexer], enables us to deliver industry-leading products in a small form factor that is scalable to high-volume production as well as to higher data rates, such as 1.6 Tbit/s [terrabits per second] and 3.2 Tbit/s, thereby enabling much higher bandwidth in a pluggable form factor."
"We are excited to work with ADVA and to enable a high-density platform with a large market potential," said Vivek Rajgarhia, president and general manager of Poet. "Poet's Optical Interposer platform provides a high level of photonic integration to provide unique solutions in miniature form factors. We believe that our wafer-scale integration platform provides ADVA with compelling solutions that are well aligned with their current and future products."
Poet's multiengine chips incorporate multiple instances of industry-standard 100GBASE-CWDM4, for two-kilometre applications, and 100GBASE-LR4, for 10 km applications, transmit and receive functionalities on a single optical engine. The company's 100GBASE-LR4 optical engines are the industry's first implementation of chip-on-board solutions for the 100G LR4 market. The hybrid integration of lasers and photodiodes, monolithic integration of optical MUX and DMUX, and the passive alignment of components on Poet's optical interposer platform provides a unique and differentiated solution to enable high-density network connectivity.
Poet has successfully demonstrated 10 km operation of 100G LR4 optical engines in its Shenzhen lab and plans to ship beta samples to ADVA in Q1 2023, with production targeted in the second half of 2023.
According to LightCounting's April, 2022, report, the market opportunity for 100G CWDM4 and LR4 pluggable transceivers will continue to remain strong, at an average size of $700-million annually from 2023 to 2027.
An FAQ (frequently asked questions) containing more information on the company's collaboration with ADVA will appear later today on the Poet blog.
A video explaining details about this milestone is also available on YouTube.
About Poet Technologies Inc.
Poet Technologies is a design and development company offering integration solutions based on the Poet Optical Interposer, a novel platform that allows the seamless integration of electronic and photonic devices into a single multichip module using advanced wafer-level semiconductor manufacturing techniques and packaging methods. Poet's Optical Interposer eliminates costly components and labour-intensive assembly, alignment, burn-in and testing methods employed in conventional photonics. The cost-efficient integration scheme and scalability of the Poet Optical Interposer brings value to any device or system that integrates electronics and photonics, including some of the highest-growth areas of computing, such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, and high-speed networking for cloud service providers and data centres. Poet is headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Allentown, Pa., Shenzhen, China, and Singapore.
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