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OpenOptics MSA Consortium Releases the Industry's First WDM Specification for Intra Data Center Conn


23 March 2015

Mike Newsom
LouVan Comm Inc.

OpenOptics MSA Consortium Releases the Industry's First WDM Specification for Intra Data Center Connectivity

The OpenOptics MSA specification defines 1550nm silicon photonics based QSFP optical transceiver and optical engine solutions for scalable intra data center networks on single mode fiber (SMF) infrastructure

OFC2015, LOS ANGELES, CA - March 23, 2015

RANOVUS Inc., a leading provider of multi-terabit interconnect solutions for data center and communications networks, today announced the OpenOptics MSA publication of the industry's first foundational Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) specification for an interoperable 100G WDM standard for 2 kilometer reach, addressing the challenges with the explosive growth in data center connectivity requirements. RANOVUS made the announcement here at the Optical Fiber Communications conference and exhibition.

"Our OpenOptics MSA collaboration with industry leaders has resulted in the definition of a foundational WDM specification for data center network connectivity, and having terabit scalability on a single mode fiber pair infrastructure," said Saeid Aramideh, chief marketing and sales officer for RANOVUS. "The availability of this specification is a major milestone for our industry which we believe will not only accelerate the adoption of silicon-photonics based WDM solutions for the data center market, but also allow for a scalable terabit infrastructure for next generation datacenter architectures."

The WDM specification brings together1550nm WDM laser and silicon photonics for QSFP and optical engine based solutions, enabling lowest-cost, highest density, and highest bandwidth with single mode fiber pair connectivity, to enable data centers to use up to 32 or more channels per fiber strand.

"Previously, there was no standard for anything beyond 100Gb/s," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Now, the industry will have an architecture standard that scales to a terabit and beyond on existing fiber, substantially reduces the cost of hyperscale data center networks."

The OpenOptics MSA consortium presented its proposed specification at the OCP U.S. Summit 2015 and announced new additions to its membership. The OpenOptics MSA membership now includes RANOVUS, Mellanox, Oracle, Ciena, Vertilas and Ghiasi Quantum.

The OpenOptics MSA specification summary and a membership application form for interested companies are now available. For additional information, visit the OpenOptics MSA website at


RANOVUS, with operations in Canada, USA, and Germany, develops and manufactures advanced solutions for the next generation of interconnects for the telecommunications and information technology industries. Our team has extensive experience in product development and commercialization of optoelectronics components and transceiver subsystems for the information technology industry. RANOVUS' current disruptive portfolio includes Quantum Dot Multi-Wavelength Laser technology and advanced digital and photonics integrated circuit technologies that are setting a new industry benchmark for the lowest power dissipation, size and cost for the next generation of optical interconnect solutions.

The company was founded in February 2012 and has received financing from leading venture capital firms including Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, EDC, OMERS Ventures, and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund. Additional information about RANOVUS can be found at

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at

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