56Gbaud EML Lasers from Mitsubishi Electric Directly Driven by Porrima
400G Gen2 DSP
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Mar. 5, 2019 – OFC 2019 – Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leader in high-speed data movement interconnects, today announced that it will showcase an electrical-optical interoperability demonstration of its new Porrima™ Gen2 PAM4 platform solution in booth #4013 at OFC 2019 in San Diego, CA March 4-7, 2019. The demonstration will show optical link performance over single-mode fiber, featuring Inphi’s new Porrima Gen2 DSP with integrated laser drivers directly driving electro-absorption modulated laser diode (EML) lasers from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
This demonstration shows that capability for complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) based DSP to drive EML optics directly at 56Gbaud. Traditionally in order to drive EML, a standalone non-CMOS modulator driver chip is needed to provide the required input voltage swing. With technology advancement in EML diodes and Inphi’s expertise in electro-optical and high-speed mixed signal CMOS capability, optical transceiver module vendors can eliminate the need for standalone drivers, saving bill of material cost and reduce the total power consumption.
The new Porrima Gen2 platform, based on the successful and field proven Porrima chipset, enables client optics module deployment for both 400Gbps and 4x100Gbps applications with breakout mode support. Porrima Gen2 leverages multiple generations of DSP development and optical platform expertise with an API-based DSP software suite that achieves quick time-to-market with the right trade-offs in power and performance for data center optical interconnects.
“Our interoperability demo with optical partners, such as Mitsubishi Electric, proves the capability to drive optics directly with Porrima DSPs with integrated CMOS drivers, which provide a path to significantly reduce the module cost and power consumption,” said Siddharth Sheth, SVP, Networking Interconnect at Inphi.
“We have developed high-performance EML technology and are prepared for the 400G market ramp. With the synergy between Porrima Gen 2 DSP and our EML products, we are confident that we can deliver superior solutions to customers,” said Hiroshi Aruga, General Manager of Electro-Optics Technology Department, Information Technology R & D Center at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With nearly 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 4,444.4 billion yen (in accordance with IFRS; US$ 41.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information visit: https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/
*At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2018
Inphi Corporation is a leading provider of high-speed, mixed signal semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets. Inphi’s end-to-end data transport platform delivers high signal integrity at leading-edge data speeds, addressing performance and bandwidth bottlenecks in networks, from fiber to memory. Inphi’s solutions minimize latency in computing environments and enable the rollout of next-generation communications infrastructure. Inphi’s solutions provide a vital interface between analog signals and digital information in high-performance systems, such as telecommunications transport systems, enterprise networking equipment, enterprise and data center servers, and storage platforms. To learn more about Inphi, visit www.inphi.com.
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