Molex demonstrates interoperability of its 400G DR4 optics modules
and 3m QSFP-DD DAC cables with Cisco N3432D-S switch, Innovium TERALYNX™
Switch ASIC and Keysight Technologies Ixia AresONE at OFC 2019
LISLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Molex,
a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions, announces a
collaboration with Cisco, Innovium and Ixia, a Keysight Business, in a
joint demonstration at Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference and
Exhibition, to be held March 5-7, 2019 at booth 2807 at the San Diego
Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
The demonstration will show Ixia’s
8x400GE test system generating a combined 3.2 Tbps live Ethernet
traffic over Molex QSFP-DD passive copper direct attach cable (DAC)
assemblies at up to 3 meters to the device under test. The 400G and 100G
Ethernet traffic streams will then be routed across multiple optical
links consisting of Molex 400G-DR4. 100G-DR, 100G-FR and 100G-LR optical
transceivers. A Cisco 12.8Tbps N3432D-S QSFP-DD switch and an Innovium
12.8Tbps TERALYNX™ Switch ASIC will also be showcased in this
The 100G and 400G transceiver modules are products in Molex’s 100 Gbps
per wavelength PAM-4 product family which share Molex’s 100G per Lambda
optoelectronics technology platform. The 100G Single Lambda modules
transmit and receive 100G PAM-4 modulated optical signals over 500m
(100G-DR), 2 kilometers (100G-FR) and 10 kilometers (100G-LR) of single
mode fiber. Aggregating four 100 Gbps per wavelength lanes, the
technology platform also offers 400G versions such as 400G-DR4, 400G-FR4
and 4x100G-FR for breakout applications.
Real-time analysis on AresONE will showcase test results of pre-FEC
(forward error correction) per lane BER (bit error rate) of around 1E-9.
The superior performance of the “inherent” BER of the Molex DAC cable
provides ample margin for the KP4 FEC to correct these errors, resulting
in zero Frame Loss Ratio (FLR). The impressive operation of a 400 Gbps
Ethernet DAC over a 3-meter cable demonstrates that the companies’
innovative solutions fulfill industry standard IEEE specs.
“To support advances within the market and address the evolving needs of
customers, we are excited to collaborate with these industry leaders.
Together, we are showcasing technology innovations that focus on the
next-generation of high-speed, high-density networking,” said Scott
Sommers, group product manager at Molex and co-chair of the QSFP-DD MSA.
“Molex offers a comprehensive set of QSFP-DD solutions that include
connectors, cages, DAC cables and optics modules. Innovium, the only
provider of a low-latency, programmable 12.8T switch silicon in the
market, has enabled system partners to build the next generation of
100/200/400G switches with QSFP-DD solutions from Molex,” said Amit
Sanyal, vice president of product management and marketing at Innovium.
“Innovium, is excited to work with Molex to demonstrate interoperability
of Molex’s QSFP-DD DR4 optics modules and DAC cables with Innovium’s
industry-leading 12.8Tbps TERALYNX™ Evaluation Switch to help drive
accelerated adoption of QSFP-DD solutions in next-generation
“The ecosystem of 400GE-capable devices, optical and copper
interconnects, and network switches is growing rapidly. Ixia, a Keysight
business, continues to be proud to work with multiple 400GE product
innovators in this systems demonstration. The AresONE 8x400GE QSFP-DD
Ethernet traffic generator and analyzer is well suited to interoperate
and drive live Ethernet traffic to measure the outstanding BER and FEC
performance of these products,” said Andy Moorwood, vice president of
hardware engineering, Ixia Solutions Group, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
“Cisco is pleased to see our vision on QSFP-DD continues to be proven to
be the leading industry solution. The deep experience of the industry
with the QSFP form-factor enables continual innovation to meet growing
market needs for 400 Gbps Ethernet and we expect the innovations to
continue,” said Mark Nowell, distinguished engineer, Cisco Data Center
About Molex, LLC
Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic
solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40
countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many
markets, including data communications, consumer electronics,
industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle and medical. For more
information, please visit http://www.molex.com.
TERALYNX offers the world’s fastest 12.8 Terabits/sec throughput while
delivering line-rate programmability, large on-chip buffers,
breakthrough telemetry, and low-latency. TERALYNX supports 10GbE to
400GbE Ethernet and delivers 128 ports of 100GbE, 64 ports of 200GbE or
32 ports of 400GbE in a single device. Innovium’s patented ground-up
design in TERALYNX provides customers clear advantages in
programmability, robust tunneling, low latency, power efficiency, and
advanced analytics/telemetry that are essential for scale data-centers.
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