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ADVA Optical Networking and Inphi Demonstrate 100G Direct Detect Solution for Open DCI Systems

March 2017 by Marc Jacob

ADVA Optical Networking announced a joint OFC demonstration with Inphi Corporation that reveals how ICPs and CNPs can use disaggregated direct detect technology to develop flexible and cost-efficient 100Gbit/s transport systems. Built on ADVA Optical Networking’s newly expanded FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) and Inphi’s ColorZ(TM) 100Gbit/s PAM4 platform solution in QSFP form factor, the demonstration shows ICPs and CNPs a truly open and best-of-breed alternative to more expensive and closed coherent options. By disaggregating each aspect of the terminal from the line system, ICPs and CNPs are able to evolve and optimize each network layer separately, enabling faster innovation cycles and achieving significant cost savings.

The joint demonstration with Inphi uses ADVA Optical Networking’s recently announced direct detect OLS with SmartAmp(TM) technology to transport 3.6Tbit/s of bidirectional data across 80km of fiber. ADVA Optical Networking’s OLS is a key component of its FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) platform and has already achieved considerable customer success with significant shipments. Inphi’s recently launched ColorZ platform solution is the industry’s first silicon photonics to deliver 100Gbit/s PAM4 capabilities while achieving the lowest power consumption possible. When combined with ADVA Optical Networking’s OLS, the joint solution presents ICPs and CNPs with an incredibly cost-effective option for specific DCI applications.

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