Multi-channel Optical Chip Enables Optical Links for Grid Networking
XLoom Communications introduced its iFlame optical chip, a multichannel, high-density, cost-effective, optical engine for grid computing and data center applications. iFlame, a chip-scale four-channel optical transceiver, is aimed at data center applications running over InfiniBand, Ethernet and Fiber Channel. The chip, implemented as an optical engine, enables high-speed, high-density interconnect applications such as Opto-electrical media converters, optical active connectors and cables as well as traditional transceivers such as the upcoming QSFP form factor. The iFlame, is <1cm2 in size and features an array of four 850 nm VCSELs (Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers) and four photodiodes for data rates of 1.25 Gbps to 5 Gbps per channel, for a total aggregate of up to 20 Gbps. Additional features include support for both 62.5µ and 50µ industry standard MTP/MPO multi-mode ribbon fibers; and the data I/O is AC coupling, PECL, LVDS and CML compatible.