MACOM, ColorChip announce module for cloud data center applications

MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), together with ColorChip has announced a full bi-directional 100G Serial QSFP28 Module leveraging the patented MACOM PRISMâ„¢ PAM4 PHY, the company said.

Sampling today, the MACOM PRISM is a highly integrated PAM4 PHY that converts 100 Gigabit Ethernet traffic from four lanes running at 25Gb/s to a single 100Gb/s lane.

Requiring only a single set of optical components in a 100GE module will allow customers to achieve the requisite cost points for next generation 100G links. By integrating features such as IEEE 100GBASE-DR compliant forward error correction and a linear modulator driver, the PRISM device is expected to ease the burden on module designers and allow for seamless integration with today´s existing 100G switch ports.

As 100G technology reaches maturity in 2018, optical suppliers are seeking a competitive advantage by intensifying their efforts to reduce module costs and increase system density. Single lambda PAM-4 modulation is critical to these efforts, enabling the delivery of 100G throughput over a single fiber. This can reduce the number of lasers from four to one in an optical transceiver module, and the associated cost and density benefits can be significant.

ColorChip ( is a global provider of hyper-scale optical transceivers supporting the growing need for bandwidth scale. ColorChip is headquartered in Yokne´am, Israel, where it´s fully owned, industrialized optics-based FAB is dedicated to the production of PLC based SystemOnGlassâ„¢, a dense, multi-lane, hybrid photonic integrated circuit used as the foundation of the company hyper scale Transceivers, providing a platform of scalability that seamlessly transitioned from 40G to 200G moving towards 400G and beyond as its natural horizons. ColorChip has a production facility in Thailand and offices in San Jose, California.

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