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Emcore Bolsters Cable Production

Photonics.com
Nov 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Nov. 14, 2011 — Emcore Corp. has announced full-scale production of its new 56-Gb/s 14 data rate (FDR) active optical cables for computing, Ethernet router and switch applications. The high-speed active optical cables are the latest in the company’s Connects Cables line.

Emcore said it is the first manufacturer in full-scale production of 56-Gb/s FDR active optical cables, which are produced at its contract manufacturing facility in China.

Designed for computers, telecommunication routers, storage networks, and grid and cloud computing systems, the cables provide the highest aggregated level of data throughput in a compact, lightweight form capable of supporting the bandwidth needs of these advanced systems, the company said.

“Our 40-Gb/s quad data rate cables are currently deployed in two of the top five supercomputers in the world,” said Jaime Reloj, the company’s vice president of business development. He added that, by leveraging its next-generation vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and photodetectors, Emcore will continue to advance the technology for computing applications.

Each cable has four 14 Gb/s lanes in each direction. These lanes support InfiniBand FDR data rates and will also run at lower data rates to support 40, 20 and 10 Gb/s as well as 40 Gigabit Ethernet quad small form-factor pluggable installations.

The cables are suitable for large clusters and for systems based on architectures that require long distances and multiple computer nodes in dense configurations.

Emcore provides compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems for the fiber optics and solar power markets.

For more information, visit: www.emcore.com  


GLOSSARY
compound semiconductor
A semiconductor made up of two or more elements, in contrast to those composed of a single element such as germanium or silicon. In a III-V semiconductor, for example, one or more elements having three valence electrons (gallium, for instance) are combined with one or more having five (arsenic).
optical interconnection
The use of photonic devices rather than electronic devices to make connections within and between integrated circuits.
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