See Maxim’s High-Performance Optical Networking Technologies at OFC 2017

February 28, 2017

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated 


Hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Facebook require massive amounts of bandwidth that the latest optical networking technologies promise to bring. Today, networking advancements are on a far faster pace than the 10 years that used to span a generation. Data rates are now doubling every few years, so the 25Gbps per lane being rolled out now will grow to 50Gbps per lane next time around, explained Andrew Sharratt, executive director of the Cloud & Data Business Unit at Maxim.

As the industry adopts 100Gbps in the data center and moves toward 25Gbps in the radio access network (RAN), you’ll need to stay on top of all of the solutions that can help bring your unique designs to market quickly. High-performance optical solutions will be critical, and this is exactly what Maxim will be showcasing at Booth 2377 at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2017) March 21-23 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

According to Sharratt, the industry continues to require optical networking technologies that deliver:

  • Increased bandwidth for data center, enterprise, and wireless front-haul applications
  • Reduced cost per Gbps
  • Fast ramp into high-volume production
  • Wide operational temperature range for RAN applications
  • Lowest power

Maxim has found a unique way to overcome signal integrity (SI) challenges while making its 25Gbps module architecture look like the 10Gbps module architecture. Unlike with other solution providers, Maxim provides an integrated chipset, eliminating the need for a driver inside the transmit optical subassembly (TOSA). As a result, you can benefit from a simplified design and manufacturing, lower costs, and faster time to market, noted Sharratt.

For example, Maxim’s SFP28 optical modules using TO headers (Figure 1) are ideal for data center and radio front-haul applications. The technology provides

  • The market’s lowest cost optics, eliminating a gold box that can add significantly to the BOM
  • Simple manufacturing
  • No heat near the laser
  • Improved yields, with the same test flow as with 10Gbps
  • A fast design cycle using advanced digital eye tuning
  • Support for multiple applications from 24.3 to 28.1Gbps with a single part

Transceiver IC for SFP28 modules

Figure 1: Maxim shipped the industry’s first transceiver IC for SFP28 modules 

At OFC 2017, you can schedule a private meeting with us to review our demos:

100G Solutions

These demos will show how you can build 100G modules with a combined CDR/driver on the PCB for the lowest bill of materials (BOM) and increased production yield.

SFP28 Solutions: External Driver for Low-Cost and Best Thermal Performance

See how you can build SFP28 LR modules with TO header-based optics –just like 10G. Maxim’s new SR solution allows both COB and TO header-based optics. Both LR and SR parts support 24.3Gbps to 28.1Gbps in a single part and allow module operation over the I-temp range.

New Optical MCU Integrates TECC

Experience TECC efficiency and control accuracy in this demo of Maxim’s new MCU with integrated PMIC functions.

Contact your local Maxim sales representative to schedule a meeting with us at OFC.