The companies snuck that one past us last month. Lightwave discovered it during OFC/NFOEC, and the details are in Opnext's latest 10-Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) .
In a US$26 million deal, Juniper acquired some intellectual property from Opnext and is licensing it back to Opnext royalty-free. The nature of the intellectual property isn't spelled out in the 10-Q, but Lightwave says it's related to 100Gbit/s ASICs.
(UPDATE: According to a clarification published March 24, Juniper didn't acquire intellectual property. It just bought an IP core -- a chip design that's usable inside bigger chips. Opnext still holds the patents and wouldn't have to license anything back.)
That casts an interesting light on Juniper's bulked-up optical team, which Light Reading reported in October. Development of a 100Gbit/s ASIC was presumably part of that effort, but this deal lets Juniper fast-forward through that development. (See Juniper Amasses 100G Optical Team.) Opnext told Light Reading about its 100Gbit/s ASIC work last year, noting that the design had been in progress at StrataLight when it was acquired. (See Opnext Makes Its 100G Move and Opnext Steps Up With StrataLight.)
That's about four weeks adrift from Cortina's original schedule but still would make Cortina the first on the market with an integrated 100Gbit/s transponder chip, he says.
The chip needed tweaking due to changes that came in from requests for proposals (RFPs), Zarabi says. Interestingly, one catalyst for that chain reaction was the whole MPLS-TP controversy, where the ITU-T recently opened a second option for Carrier Ethernet operations, administration and maintenance. (See MPLS Argument Leads to Split Standard.)
The chip we're talking about here incorporates a framer and hard-decision forward error correction (FEC). It's not the same as the digital signal processor and analog-to-digital converter that are also required for coherent detection.
... and you can find more of our OFC/NFOEC video blitz links below, which recap the show's 100Gbit/s news. You can also find Light Reading's full OFC/NFOEC coverage at http://www.lightreading.com/search.asp?topic=1237.
- NEC Has 100G Ready
- OFC/NFOEC 2011: Bandwidth Goes Flexible, Too
- 100G Decision Time Looms
- OFC/NFOEC 2011: Coherent Detection at Oclaro (video)
- OFC/NFOEC 2011: 400Gbit/s, Terabit – Whatever It Takes (video)
- OFC/NFOEC 2011: Infinera Talks Terabit (video)
- OFC/NFOEC 2011: Life After 100G (video)
- OSA 2011: Verizon's 100G Victory (video)
- OSA 2011: Optical Consolidation & 100G (video)
- Opnext, Anritsu Demo 100GigE
- Nokia Siemens Demos 400G Upgrade
- Digital Lightwave Adds 100G
- JDSU Adds 40G, 100G Pieces
- Finisar Shows 4x25, 1x9
- Gennum Intros 25Gig Chips
- Ciena, Internet2 to Build National Network
- Semtech Launches 100G Chipset
- NetLogic Launches 10/40/100 PHYs
- NeoPhotonics Unveils PIC-Based 40/100G Receiver
- Fujitsu Intros 100G CFP
- Sumitomo Unveils New 100G Components
- ViaSat Offers 100G FEC Cores
- AFOP Intros 100G Cable Assembly
- OIF Looks Beyond 100G
- Xilinx to Show OTN, 28G
- EXFO, Opnext to Demo 100G Test
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading