After months of industry speculation, Cisco has announced the availability of its new 100 GBPS transceiver technology, called CPAK, which will help enable vastly increasing global IP traffic for video and other multimedia content.
The CPAK is 70 percent smaller and 70 percent more power-efficient than other transceiver models, according to Cisco.
The company says it managed this spatial and power reduction feat by taking advantage of chips manufactured with “complementary metal oxide semiconductor” (CMOS) silicon fabrication technology (Cisco’s silicon chips are called nLight and are specifically designed for IP and optical networks). Other optical transceiver builders continue to rely on on CFP technology, which results in much larger die sizes.
The first product to launch with Cisco’s CPAK transceiver technology will be Cisco’s ONS 15454 MSTP 100 GBPS coherent transponder, but plans are in the works to integrate the technology onto other routing and switching line cards. A traffic network that can take advantage of 100 GBPS speeds and transmissions can be very expensive, but a smaller and less power-hungry transceiver can help bring those costs down.
Rachel RosmarinRachel Rosmarin's technology reporting experience goes back a decade to the dawn of Wi-Fi, smartphones and the Mp3. She has an in-depth knowledge of consumer electronics and has cultivated her love of useful new toys and innovative social software at publications including Tom’s Guide, Forbes, Business 2.0, Sound & Vision and Mobile Magazine. She holds degrees in Journalism and Science In Human Culture from Northwestern University and is based in Los Angeles.
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