Acacia Communications announces general availability of the coherent CFP2-DCO module
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
Acacia Communications (NASDAQ:ACIA), a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, today announced the general availability of its pluggable coherent CFP2-DCO module supporting 100 Gbps and 200 Gbps transmission. Acacia designed this module to help cloud and telecommunications providers reduce operational and capital expenses, increase reach and accelerate time-to-market of high-capacity solutions.

Acacia Communications’ CFP2-DCO coherent pluggable modules are suitable for a wide range of network applications, including data center interconnect, metro access, metro core, long-haul, as well as emerging applications including remote PHY and client optical interfaces up to 80 km.  These CFP2-DCO modules help to simplify network management and reduce operations costs for providers by enabling an Acacia-based eco-system through its network equipment partners.  Acacia believes that these compact pluggable modules will allow its customers to offer some of the lowest power solutions available in the optical transport industry.  The CFP2-DCO form factor offers many advantages compared to alternative coherent architectures, including:

  • Pay-as-you-grow deployment model – Defers the deployment cost, including that of the digital signal processor (DSP), of additional ports until additional bandwidth is needed.
  • Digital host interface – Streamlines integration into existing network equipment and supports field plugability without the need for complex calibration.   The use of pluggable optics means that a failure in a single module will affect only the module's port, not the entire line card.
  • Flexible modulation – 100 Gbps transmission using QPSK modulation for metro-core and long haul applications and 200 Gbps for metro-access applications using either 16QAM for backward compatibility or 8QAM for greater reach and fewer regeneration stages.
“Acacia’s CFP2-DCO can address a wide range of networking applications in a compact form factor,” said Benny Mikkelsen, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Acacia Communications. “Our team has done a great job to develop this low power solution, while maintaining high performance. With the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) developing a CFP2-DCO Implementation Agreement, the form factor is positioned for wide adoption in the optical networking industry and with support for up to 400 Gbps, the CFP2-DCO form factor can offer network operators a long term return on investment.”

“The Acacia 200 Gbps CFP2-DCO is the darling device of 2H17. It is unrivaled in performance and power consumption,” said founder and lead analyst Andrew Schmitt, Cignal AI.

Initially sampled in 2016, Acacia Communications’ award-winning CFP2-DCO supports four times the faceplate density of the CFP-DCO.  Acacia’s CFP2-DCO incorporates its Meru DSP ASIC, based on 16nm CMOS technology, and its silicon photonic integrated circuit. Internal layer 1 encryption can be enabled for enhanced security applications.

Learn more about expanding service provider applications for pluggable coherent optics during Light Reading's webinar on December 12, 2017, featuring Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading and Tom Williams, Sr. Director of Marketing, Acacia Communications.  Register here.

About Acacia Communications

Acacia Communications develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By leveraging silicon technology to build optical interconnects, a process Acacia Communications refers to as the “siliconization of optical interconnect,” Acacia Communications is able to offer products at higher speeds and density with lower power consumption, that meet the needs of cloud and service providers and can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment.

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