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ClariPhy Shatters Fiber and System Capacity Barriers with Industry’s First 16nm Coherent Optical Ne


17 March 2016

Jeremy Hyatt
Green Flash Media for ClariPhy

ClariPhy Shatters Fiber and System Capacity Barriers with Industry’s First 16nm Coherent Optical Networking Platform

News Highlights
  • Game changing performance and power reduction – More than 70 Tbps per fiber and 6.4 Tbps per line card
  • Industry leading innovation velocity – world’s first 16nm coherent analog front end platform
  • Strategic alliance with leading optics ecosystem partners – complete 64QAM reference design
  • Ground-breaking performance – 400G and beyond per wavelength
  • Slashes power by more than 50% – 2X increase in system capacity per line card
IRVINE, CA ClariPhy, a leading developer of ultra-high-speed systems-on-chip (SoCs) for multi-terabit data and telecom networking, has established a significant leadership position in advancing next generation coherent optical networking with the world’s first complete 16nm ADC and DAC platform enabling 64QAM modulation to achieve greater than 70 Tbps per fiber and more than 50% power reduction to double system capacity.

The migration of analog front end design to 16nm CMOS technology is acknowledged by the industry to be the Holy Grail for the next generation of coherent DSP’s required to drive fiber capacities, power reduction and lowest cost per bit which are all critical to address rapidly expanding Web 2.0 and telecom networks.

“Coherent metro and datacenter inter-connect (DCI) network deployment is ramping now. This is a more cost sensitive market; CFP2-ACO and merchant DSPs are key technologies that will enable deployment in these new metro and DCI applications,” said Andrew Schmitt, lead analyst at Cignal AI. "ClariPhy’s LightSpeed-II 200G Coherent DSP along with its CFP2-ACO module partners are demonstrating solutions today that designers can use now.”

ClariPhy’s new coherent test platform establishes a critical foundation for ClariPhy’s forthcoming LightSpeed-IIITM family of SoC devices – that will enable greater than 70 Tbps per fiber over a combination of L and C transmission bands with more than 400G per wavelength, drive more than 50 percent power reduction, and offer ground-breaking performance for next-generation data center interconnect (DCI), long haul and metro networks. The 16nm Coherent platform highlights ClariPhy’s strength in vertical integration of all critical IP necessary to develop and manufacture a Coherent SoC rapidly and cost effectively. The platform is the first of its kind to enable 64 QAM modulation. Its full speed 4-channel ADC and DAC supports variable baud rates to enable a true Flex Coherent solution programmable up to 400G per wavelength while delivering stellar performance that meets or exceeds critical analog specifications like bandwidth, effective number of bits (ENOB) and jitter.

“This unmatched pace of innovation backed by astounding engineering execution is critical to enable the exponential capacity growth demanded by next generation optical networks,” said Nariman Yousefi, CEO at ClariPhy. “We believe we have accomplished an industry leading milestone that enables a significant time to market, performance and power consumption advantage over similar competing products.”
ClariPhy will conduct live demonstration of its 16nm coherent platform as part of a complete reference design comprising of best in class optical components to meet the exacting bandwidth, linearity and phase noise specifications required to support 64 QAM modulation. The reference design is the result of a close collaboration between ClariPhy and leading ecosystem partners and includes components from Fujitsu Optical Components (FOC), Inphi, Macom and NeoPhotonics.

Supporting Quotes
“FOC is pleased to support ClariPhy’s challenge, their new 16nm coherent platform is breaking all barriers to enable next generation of higher order modulation.” said Takashi Yamane, director for optical devices development with FOC.  “Our modulators support the capacity, performance and low-power requirements of digital coherent modulation on the transmission side, while our highly integrated, ultra-compact receiver will enable dramatic product size reduction for developers using ClariPhy’s reference design.”
“As a leading supplier of high bandwidth linear modulator drivers for Flex Coherent, Inphi is pleased to support ClariPhy’s 64QAM reference design with our production-release 45Gbaud dual-carrier modulator driver,” said Loi Nguyen, founder, senior vice president, Optical Interconnect at Inphi. “This reference design marks the beginning of a new era for 400G optical interconnects for Long Haul, Metro, and Data Center applications.”
“MACOM’s extensive portfolio of drivers for CFP2-ACO, Metro and Long haul are already a part of the ecosystem with Clariphy’s DSPs. MACOM is pleased to be part of an industry leading proactive collaboration to drive availability of mature optical components in Coherent Applications,” said Vikas Manan, VP Product Development, at MACOM. “We believe that MACOM’s new Surface Mount Drivers for 45Gbaud modulation in conjunction with Clariphy’s DSP provide the performance and cost structure to enable larger deployment of 400G Solutions in the Datacenter Interconnect (DCI), Metro and Long Haul Solutions.”
“As a leading supplier of ultra-narrow linewidth tunable laser modules and high bandwidth coherent receivers for emerging 400G telecommunications networks, we are working with ClariPhy to drive the commercialization of products that dramatically increase bandwidth in a high density form factor with low power consumption,” said G. Ferris Lipscomb, Ph.D, Vice President of Marketing at NeoPhotonics. “Together, we are helping to reduce space requirements, power use and operating expenses for next-generation coherent optical networking solutions.”
Industry’s First Reference Design Driving 400G per Wavelength at OFC
ClariPhy will demonstrate its 16nm ADC/DAC platform as part of a complete 64QAM reference design at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) to partners, March 20-24, 2016 in Anaheim, California.
About ClariPhy
ClariPhy is a leading provider of ultra-high-speed systems-on-chip (SoCs) for multi-terabit data and telecom networking that establish benchmarks for performance, bandwidth, power and reach while slashing deployment costs. ClariPhy provides the world’s fastest off the shelf, Coherent and Ethernet solutions for scaling Internet bandwidth for data centers, transport infrastructure and cloud-based networks. ClariPhy is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in Los Altos, California, and Cordoba, Argentina. For more information, visit

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