ECI Telecom and MultiPhy launch low-cost 100G transport solution for metro market


By Telecom Lead Team: ECI Telecom, a provider of network
solutions, and MultiPhy, a provider of DSP-based CMOS communications
semiconductors, announced the development of a low-cost, metro 100G transport
solution. This solution will be showcased in MultiPhy’s booth at OFC/NFOEC


As service providers look for a cost-effective way to
expand metro capacity over the coming years, they will demand solutions that
easily fit into their established network architecture. Our 168PIN MSA
solution, empowered by the MultiPhy MP1100Q receiver, addresses providers’ need
for low cost, high performance and low power 100G metro transport markets.
That’s the premise of our 1Net framework for addressing our customers’
challenges in their day-to-day operations and strategic considerations,” Shai
Stein, chief technology officer, ECI Telecom.


According to a press release, with financial support
provided by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) through its
Magneton program, ECI and MultiPhy have been working on a low-cost 100G
initiative for the metro market, based on a Ben-Gurion University research


Driven by the continued growth of video streaming and
data consumption in the metro zones, next-generation metro transport network
solutions must be bandwidth and cost efficient.


Available 100G standardized coherent solutions are
considered too expensive for the metro domain, given metro ranges and WDM
wavelength availability. The low-cost 100G solution developed by ECI and
MultiPhy takes advantage of unique conditions in metro links, lowering
significantly the solution cost.


With its A/D front end and fastest in class MLSE DSP
architecture, the MultiPhy MP1100Q receiver provides best-in-class capability
for metro 100G links by utilizing a Direct Detect transmission methodology that
fits in seamlessly with existing Metropolitan Optical Networks.


The MP1100Q’s capabilities allow for the design of
optical transport modules using low-cost, reduced bandwidth optical
subcomponents, resulting in very cost-effective solutions. This technology
enables the transport of 100G signals for hundreds of kilometers in metro WDM
networks over 4 lanes, 28Gbps each, using 4x10G optical transceivers. Each lane
is transmitted over an independent WDM wavelength or over 25GHz sub-wavelength,
allocated in a single 100GHz wavelength or a dual 50GHz wavelength.


“While attention today is focused on 100G long haul
deployments, the metro WDM/packet-optical market is still the fastest growing
market. 100G non-coherent will be key for large metro upgrades starting next
year,” Eve Griliches, principle analyst, ACG Research.


The partnership between ECI and MultiPhy on this
project was a key factor in our success. The cutting edge MLSE DSP technology
that we have realized in the MP1100Q receiver, combined with ECI’s optical
transport system leadership, enables a best-in-class, low-cost 100G metro
solution in the marketplace,” said Avi Shabtai, CEO, MultiPhy.


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