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September 19, 2016 | in Press Releases

Düsseldorf, Germany —Sept. 19, 2016—Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC), a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions, BrPhotonics and MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MTSI), today announced the world’s first successful demonstration of 100Gb/s PAM4 single wavelength (lambda) technology over single mode fiber. This solution features AppliedMicro’s 16nm FinFET 100Gb/s PAM4 DSP, BrPhotonics’ newest ultra-high bandwidth TFPS modulator and MACOM’s industry leading high bandwidth, low noise transimpedance amplifier (TIA). The successful demonstration illustrates that the complete eco-system for 100Gb/s over a single wavelength technology is ready today, with deployments expected in 2017.

Single wavelength 100Gb/s will transform the market for 100Gb/s and 400Gb/s intra-datacenter interconnects by enabling deployments of 100Gb/s QSFP, 400Gb/s double density QSFP and 800Gb/s CFP8 modules. For 100Gb/s, this technology reduces the number of lasers to one and eliminates the need for optical multiplexing. For 400Gb/s implementations, only four lasers are needed, representing a major opportunity for data center operators to reduce capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) with an extremely compact module form factor.

As datacenter and access network developers demand lower costs and higher port density, we’ve seen huge market interest in our single wavelength PAM-4 technology,” said Omar Hassen, Associate Vice President at AppliedMicro. “AppliedMicro’s technology is fundamental in enabling 400Gb/s connectivity in a QSFP family of transceivers. This is a feat that has not been achieved previously and our demonstration in partnership with MACOM and BrPhotonics underscores the strength of our technology and the innovation that we’re able to deliver to end customers.”

“This joint achievement was a very important step forward by the industry in providing state of the art solutions for next-generation data center interconnects. Thanks to APM and MACOM, we, at BrPhotonics, are very pleased in showing our 100 GHz Thin Film Polymer on Silicon (TFPS) Mach-Zehnder Modulator (MZM) technology to the world,” said Júlio Oliveira, BrPhotonics’ CEO.

“MACOM is proud to partner in this demonstration,” said Gary Shah, Vice President, High-Performance Analog, MACOM. “This 56 Gigabaud TIA, developed in silicon, demonstrates our leadership in physical media devices as we enable the next generation of data center optical interconnects.”

“The industry requires significantly lower cost optical 100Gb/s connections for data center and access network applications and will be moving to 400G in data centers uring 2018/19. Single wavelength PAM4 100Gb/s promises a cost effective solution for 100Gb/s and enables high density 400G connections in the data center. This demonstration shows that this technology is coming faster than many people think,” said Simon Stanley, founder and principal consultant at Earlswood Marketing Ltd, and analyst at large with Heavy Reading.

AppliedMicro, BrPhotonics and MACOM are showcasing live demonstrations of the new technology in AppliedMicro’s Booth MR6, at ECOC 2016 taking place at the CCD Congress (Stockumer Kirchstraße 61, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany) from Sept. 19-21, 2016. AppliedMicro, BrPhotonics and MACOM would like to thank CPqD for their support of the demonstration.

About AppliedMicro

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC) 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 Santa Clara, California.

About BrPhotonics

BrPhotonics (BrP) is a provider of advanced high-speed optoelectronic devices and digital microelectronics for high-density form factor integrated transceivers and subsystems. BrPhotonics envisions the convergence between Photonics and Microelectronics to enable 100 Gb/s and beyond transmission over optical links with lower power consumption and higher density. Corporate headquarters are located in Campinas-SP, Brazil.


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