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AppliedMicro Fuels Deployment of 100G OTN and Data Center Networks


13 March 2013


AppliedMicro Fuels Deployment of 100G OTN and Data Center Networks

Gains Traction with Top Module and Line Card Suppliers for Optical Metro, Regional and Long-Haul Networks

Sunnyvale, Calif., March 12, 2013– Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), also known as AppliedMicro, today announced significant business traction with coherent optical module suppliers, reporting that eight of the world’s largest optical module manufacturers and vertically-integrated 100G systems companies are actively designing solutions based on the AppliedMicro S28032 multiplexer, the industry’s fastest, lowest power transmitter solution manufactured in a CMOS process.

Acacia Communications, a leader in delivering intelligent subsystems for ultra-high speed fiber optic transmission, is deploying the AppliedMicro S28032 in its AC100 module, used by telecommunications equipment companies in both regional and long haul networks. AppliedMicro will demonstrate both solutions in its booth at OFC/NFOEC, Corporate Village, Booth #1083.

“As the first company to design a transmitter with this speed and performance in a CMOS process, we have changed the economics of deploying 100G coherent transmission solutions that are needed to fuel the widespread deployment of 100G OTN networks,” said George Jones, vice president and co-general manager, Connectivity Products, at AppliedMicro. “CMOS solutions enable much lower power and, in turn, enable the delivery of more thermally-efficient optical modules for operational cost savings and improved reliability.”

“System vendors are seeing healthy demand for 100G on long-haul and metro DWDM line-side applications,” said Vladimir Kozlov, founder and CEO at market research firm, LightCounting. “The number of 100G DWDM ports deployed per year is projected to triple by 2014. In addition, the potential opportunity for 100G transceivers in data centers is even larger, but lower cost and power consumption will be critical for data-center applications.”

With significant performance headroom, module manufacturers can implement the S28032 in 100G coherent optical modules at breakthrough power levels and telecom-grade performance levels. The device operates up to 31.8 Gbps, dissipates less than 4 watts, and supports polarization-multiplexed, quadrature phase-shift keying (PM-QPSK).

“AppliedMicro has achieved a significant milestone by delivering this level of performance with a low power profile in CMOS technology, enabling higher quality / higher yield than older technologies,” said Benny Mikkelesen, Co-Founder and CTO of Acacia Communications. “We’re impressed by AppliedMicro’s speed of design to production for this product. By deploying the S28032 multiplexer in our coherent modules, we can drive down the cost, size and power requirements of our solutions, and fuel the rapid deployment of 100G connectivity in metro, regional and long-haul networks.”

The S28032 has both CAUI and SFI-S interfaces. The input lanes are multiplexed into four lanes that operate from 28Gbps up to 32Gbps. The supported data rate will vary depending on how forward error correction (FEC) has been implemented. The device supports both hard and soft-decision FEC, including proprietary solutions. Availability The S28032 is in production now.

About AppliedMicro

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation is a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers. AppliedMicro delivers silicon solutions that dramatically lower total cost of ownership. Corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California.

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