Acacia samples 100G coherent DWDM pluggable solution

Acacia Communications announced it is sampling a new 100G coherent dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) pluggable solution to help service providers, carriers and cable operators meet bandwidth demands in edge and access networks.
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In 2019, Cisco announced the acquisition of Acacia Communications for $2.6 billion.

Acacia’s new 100G coherent DWDM module, offered in the QSFP-DD form factor, will provide a scalable traffic aggregation solution, as well as an upgrade path to migrate from existing 10G WDM networks to higher-performing 100G DWDM coherent links for new architectures in access networks, such as cable/fiber deep and 5G wireless X-haul applications.

“The benefits of coherent have been demonstrated in the metro, long-haul and submarine markets and, with these new products, Acacia is looking to deliver the same scalability, operational simplicity and improved total cost of ownership to the edge and access space,” Anuj Malik, director of Product Management at Acacia Communications, said.

“As service providers upgrade their access and aggregation infrastructure, it is only a matter of time before coherent technologies make inroads in this space,” Jorg-Peter Elbers, senior vice president of Advanced Technology, ADVA, said.

Acacia’s pluggable coherent solutions in QSFP-DD were designed to enable network scalability to 200G and 400G versions in the future.

Acacia’s new 100G coherent DWDM module leverages Acacia’s 3D Siliconization approach, which utilizes high-volume manufacturing processes and benefits from the maturity of Acacia’s silicon photonics technology.

Acacia said its 100G coherent point-to-point and DWDM pluggable solutions were designed to meet the form factor, low power consumption and cost requirements that edge and access providers need to scale their networks.