LISLE, Ill.--Molex, LLC announced that it will join Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members in a demonstration of multi-vendor interoperability at the OFC Conference and Exhibition, which will be held at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center March 24 – 26.
The OIF demonstrations will include 56 Gbps electrical interfaces over a range of channel reaches from Very Short Reach (VSR) to Long Reach (LR), and a range of modulations including NRZ and PAM4. The demonstrations will be conducted in the OIF booth #3619.
“By successfully demonstrating multi-vendor interoperability, Molex and its OIF partners are helping to advance high-speed connectivity,” said Scott Sommers, group product manager, Molex. “Through the development of mutually agreed upon operating parameters and specifications, OIF is facilitating the creation of a new range of compliant products that meet the high-performance needs of customers.”
Sommers noted that the zQSFP+™ Interconnect System from Molex is playing a key role in this process. It adheres to a key OIF specification, the CEI-28G-VSR clause, and is currently positioned to meet the proposed draft OIF CEI-56G-VSR-NRZ and CEI-56G-PAM4 specifications. The high-density, high-speed zQSFP+ Interconnect System included in OIF demos transmits up to 56 Gbps per-serial-lane data rates with excellent signal integrity, electromagnetic interference protection and thermal cooling.
“The OIF demos represent what can be accomplished with today’s interconnects, improved silicon, and enhanced cable media,” Sommers added. “Customers will be able to experience high-performance solutions such as 56 Gbps PAM4 and NRZ signaling with zQSFP+ connectors.”
Three live OIF demonstrations will showcase Molex interconnects:
OIF Demonstration #3: CEI-56G-VSR-NRZ Channel
A CEI-56G-NRZ signal is generated in silicon passing through mated compliance boards and received by silicon. The BER of the received signal is measured by the receiver. Molex is providing a zQSFP+ SMT MCB optimized for 56 Gbps NRZ.
OIF Demonstration #5: CEI-56G-MR-NRZ Cable
CEI-56G-MR-NRZ copper cable mated to a pair of MCBs. The signal is driven by an on-chip pattern generator and received by an on-chip receiver. A second transmitter drives a second lane with the far-end eye monitored by a scope. Molex is providing a set (2 boards) of zQSFP+ SMT cable boards, 56 Gbps optimized, and high-speed zQSFP+ cables of various lengths.
OIF Demonstration #7: CEI-56G-MR-PAM4
A BERT-generated CEI-56G-MR-PAM4 signal is transmitted by a silicon compliant CEI-56G-MR-PAM4 transmitter. The channel consists of a passive copper cable mated to a pair of MCBs. BER through the receiver is measured by the BERT. An identical transmitter drives a second lane through the channel with the far-end eye monitored on a scope. Molex is providing high-speed zQSFP+ cables of various lengths operating at 56 Gbps PAM4.
Visit Molex/Oplink booth #3411 at OFC to explore high-speed interconnect solutions for next-generation applications.
About OIF PLL Interoperability Demo 2016
OIF member companies will demonstrate multi-vendor 56 Gbps electrical Interfaces in live, operating environments. The OIF’s Physical and Link Layer working group demonstrations include live 56 Gbps electrical interface interoperability over a range of channel reaches, from VSR to LR, and a range of modulations, including NRZ and PAM4. The expanding ecosystem for CFP2-ACO pluggable coherent optics will be showcased through live demos. 56 Gbps and coherent optics test equipment will also be demonstrated.
Public demonstrations will be on display March 22-24, 2016 at OFC in Anaheim, CA in OIF booth #3619. Additional information can be found at http://www.oiforum.com/meetings-and-events/oif-ofc-2016/
About Molex, LLC
Providing more than connectors, Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Established in 1938, Molex is a global company with a presence in more than 40 countries. The Molex website is www.molex.com. Follow us at www.twitter.com/molexconnectors, watch our videos at www.youtube.com/molexconnectors, connect with us at www.facebook.com/molexconnectors and read our blog at www.connector.com.
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