New MACOM 100G Single Lambda Solution Can Be Scaled to 400G for Cloud Data Centers

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. announced a complete 100G Single Lambda Solution that that can be scaled up to 400G for mainstream Cloud Data Center deployment. The company designed the Single Lambda Solution to help accelerate the installation of 100G optical interconnects at cloud-scale cost structures. MACOM points out that its 100G Single Lambda Solution lets customers quickly and easily integrate MACOM components and get to market faster with the company’s next generation of 100G optical modules.

MACOM 100G Single Lambda Solution and Single Lambda Approach

The 100G Single Lambda Solution leverages the company’s 53 Gbaud PAM-4 technology to provide 100G throughput over a single wavelength. IEEE endorses the 100G Single Lambda approach to drastically reduce the number and cost of optical components normally housed in an optical transceiver module. 100G single lambda uses QSFP optical modules to enable plug-and-play compatibility with existing systems.

“The breadth of MACOM’s analog, optical and photonic technology portfolio, combined with our deep domain expertise and cloud-scale manufacturing capability, position us as the clear industry leader in 100G-enabling components on the pathway to 200G, 400G, and 800G connectivity,” said Preet Virk, senior vice president and general manager, Networks, MACOM. “By aligning our Cloud Data Center strategy with the requirements of our end customers, we’re enabling the highest performance, most cost-effective module solutions for next-generation cloud data center infrastructure.”

The MACOM PRISM™ Mixed Signal PHY that underpins the 100G Single Lambda Solution leverages a 16 nanometer FinFET process node. MACOM designed the PRISM™ for 53Gbaud PAM-4 operation with integrated linear laser driver, forward error correction, and a flexible DSP based equalizer. According to MACOM, the PRISM enables ease of integration, delivering cloud-scale economics and cost structures.

The company’s silicon photonics-based optics complement PRISM. These silicon photonics-based optics feature a laser coupled with a PIC chip, that leverages the company’s patented Etched Facet Technology (EFT).