Oclaro and Acacia Both Offering CFP2-DCO Modules Using Acacia’s Meru DSP

Acacia Communications, Inc. based in Maynard Massachusetts USA, and Oclaro, Inc. reported that they are enabling a multi-vendor environment of fully interoperable CFP2-DCO modules based on Acacia’s Meru Digital Signal Processor. Oclaro plans to introduce a new CFP2-DCO module that will offer plug-and-play compatibility with the Acacia CFP2-DCO, giving customers two coherent optics suppliers for the 100/200G CFP2-DCO form factor.

Oclaro says that CFP2-DCOs are becoming increasingly crucial for higher-speed optical networks because they integrate the coherent DSP into the pluggable module. The digital host interface enables more straightforward integration between module and system facilitating a faster service activation for the pay-as-you-grow deployment model for telecommunication providers in which customers can defer the cost of additional ports until additional services are needed.

Oclaro and Acacia Say NEMs Introducing the CFP2-DCO Form Factor

The CFP2-DCO pluggable coherent modules from Oclaro and Acacia support transmission speeds of 100G and 200G for use in metro, access, and data center interconnect applications. The companies contend that multiple network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are introducing this form factor in router, switch, and transport platforms.

The companies also assert that doubling the data rate in a smaller, lower-power, pluggable module lets customers quickly and cost-effectively roll-out 200G networks with four times higher density than current generation 100G CFP-DCO. In addition to offering proprietary operating modes, both companies plan to support the specifications of the Open ROADM MSA for interoperability at 100G.

“Our 43Gbaud Coherent Transmitter Receiver Optical Sub-Assembly (TROSA) is at the heart of our CFP2-DCO. The TROSA leverages proven Indium Phosphide PIC technology from Oclaro’s highly successful CFP2-ACO to achieve industry-leading optical performance in a small form factor,” said Beck Mason, president of the Integrated Photonics Business at Oclaro.

Benny Mikkelsen, Chief Technology Officer of Acacia Communications commented, “By partnering with Oclaro to ensure interoperability with their Meru-based CFP2-DCO module, we believe we will be better positioned to address the DCO market as industry trends shift favorably toward the CFP2 form factor.”