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Cortina Systems and Acacia Communications Announce Interoperability of Industry’s First 100G Coherent Optical Networking Components

Leading 100G Vendors Accelerate Adoption of 100G Coherent Optical Networks by Delivering Game-Changing Innovation While Lowering Cost Per Bit

Sunnyvale, Calif., February 22, 2012 — Cortina Systems, Inc. (Cortina), delivering innovative technologies that link people and networks worldwide, and Acacia Communications, a leading provider of intelligent subsystems for ultra high speed fiber optic networks, today announced interoperability between the Cortina™ CS605x 100G and 40G ASSP Optical Transport Network (OTN) Processors and the Acacia 100G Coherent Optical Modules. The interoperable solution provides Network Equipment Manufacturers with a robust subsystem addressing the growing 100G needs with a highly integrated, cost effective solution.

“Personalized services such as video streaming, mobile data coupled with emerging cloud computing, and hosted application services, are driving service providers to upgrade to higher-capacity, faster, and more efficient networks deploying 100G wavelengths,” said Arun Zarabi, Vice President, Infrastructure Business Unit, Cortina Systems. “Our collaboration with Acacia reinforces Cortina’s leadership and commitment to enabling OEMs and system vendors to bring high-performance, cost-effective 100G solutions to market quickly.”

“Carriers require cost-effective solutions that support an unprecedented level of integration while meeting standards, enabling the deployment of high quality, data intensive services, and reducing operational costs,” said John LoMedico, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Acacia. “Interoperability between our 100G Coherent Optical Module and the Cortina 100G ASSP OTN processor ensures a comprehensive 100G solution that will help drive high-performance, more cost-effective designs.”

“The top three reasons operators are deploying higher-speed 100G optical transport equipment are 1) to lower the cost per bit for new wavelengths, 2) the superior dispersion performance of coherent optics, and 3) to lower incremental common equipment costs as a result of increased spectral efficiency,” said Andrew Schmitt, Directing Analyst, Optical at Infonetics Research. “Having interoperable 100G coherent optical network components commercially available will definitely address all three issues and enable this market.”

CS605x Overview
The Cortina™ CS605x family combines our industry leading transport technology and proven design ability to reduce overall system cost and power, and meet the growing demands for 100G networks. It provides support for the latest Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Ethernet standards with highly differentiated features such as direct interface to optical modules, integrated jitter attenuation Clean-up PLLs and support for high performance and configurable Forward Error Correction (FEC) options. The CS605x supports 100G (OTU4 & 100GE) and 3x40G (OTU3 & 40GE) interfaces and is capable of aggregating and mapping multiple protocols and client applications at the 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, and 100 Gbps rates.

About Cortina Systems
Cortina Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance communications semiconductor solutions enabling next generation network connectivity and efficient bandwidth delivery from the core network to the home network. Our broad product portfolio includes carrier-class semiconductor devices for next generation optical transport and passive optical network systems, as well as data center connectivity and digital home solutions. For more information, please visit

About Acacia
Acacia Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of MSA Modules at 100G speeds and beyond, which enable next generation Network Equipment Manufacturers to rapidly support high- speed, high-performance subsystems in their optical transmission and data communication equipment. For more information, please visit