Advances in optical cabling are set to reduce data centre size as a Canadian company sample launches its latest ultra-compact multi-channel optical sub-assemblies for optoelectronics-based infrastructure.
Zarlink Semiconductor has developed Zarlink Optical Engine (ZOE) which will enable manufacturers to use less power and create more efficient data centres and computer clusters.
ZOE products are being showcased at Zarlink's stand at OFC 2010 at the San Diego Convention Centre between March 23rd and March 25th.
The new ZOE platform is a precise and compact flip chip array optical sub-assembly delivering per-channel data rates of up to 14 Gbps.
Consisting of a four- or 12-channel optical light source and detector and array electronic transmitter, Zarlink believes the ZOE kit meets customer demand for lower-power optical products that support higher data performance.
Bertil Kronlund, Zarlink's optical product line manager, said: "The ZOE platform delivers significant signal integrity, power per bit and cost per bit advantages over any previous data centre interconnect products."
Full commercial release of the ZOE kits is expected later this year.
Zarlink has 30 years of optoelectronics knowledge catering for military, communications and security industries.