The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC462 - Introduction to Pluggable Optics

Monday, 09 March
13:30 - 16:30

Short Course Level: Beginner and Advanced Beginner


Sharon Hall and Robert Blum; Oclaro, USA, Intel Corp., USA

Short Course Description:

The Introduction to Pluggable Optics short course will enable you to better understand the different pluggable optics solutions and form factors ranging from 1Gbps to the latest 400Gbps, whose specifications are just being finalized. Some of these form factors are:  SFP, XFP, Xenpak, X2, XPAK, SFP+, QSFP, QSFP+, µQSFP, CFP, CFP2, CFP4, CFP8, QSFP28, QSFP-DD, and OSFP. Throughout the course, we will review the advantages and disadvantages of the various form factors and discuss which applications and data rates they support. Detailed information will be provided on the optical and electrical technologies used, the data rates supported, the power classes, the thermal challenges, and the overall dimensions, which determine the maximum front panel density for each of the form factors available.

We will begin the course with a brief overview of the market trends and use of pluggable optics per market segment.  This will include highlighting the evolution and development of pluggable optics in the industry.  We will review in detail the different pluggable optics solutions available by data rate range:  1Gbps-8Gbps, 10Gbps-16Gbps, 32Gbps-40Gbps, 50Gbps-64Gbps, 100Gpbs-128Gbps, 200Gbps, and 400Gbps.  An understanding of the core technology and block diagram for each data rate and pluggable form factor will be reviewed.  We will conclude with a technical assessment of each form factor to determine the advantages and disadvantages of each solution, as it pertains to a networking system company designing solutions and to a network/data center end user.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable participants to:

  • Summarize the general market and industry trends as it pertains to the use of pluggable optics

  • Explain the history of pluggable optics and its evolution in the networking industry

  • Identify the various pluggable form factors available in the marketplace and which markets and applications each form factor supports

  • Describe the different optical and electrical technologies used in pluggable form factors to achieve different data rate solutions

  • Identify data rates, power classes and thermal issues with different pluggable optics form factors

  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of different pluggable form factors as they address a variety of applications

Short Course Audience:

Participants that can benefit from this course would be system architects, hardware engineers, product line managers and supply managers from networking equipment companies, who are relatively new to working with fiber optics in the networking area, or who need a refresher on pluggable optics solutions.  In addition, system network architects, IT Managers, supply managers for data centers, service providers and MSO’s will also benefit from understanding the optics used in their networks and the trade-offs from one solution to another.

Instructor Biography:

Sharon Hall is the Senior Director of Product Line Management for Lumentum.  Sharon has over 25 years working in the fiber optics industry defining product requirements and developing both pluggable fiber optic solutions as well as embedded optical solutions. 

Robert Blum is Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division.  Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing roles for Oclaro’s telecommunications products and consumer laser portfolio.  Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California.  Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Darmstadt, Germany, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg.  He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

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