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Fujitsu to Demo CFP2

KAWASAKI, Japan -- Fujitsu Optical Components Limited (FOC) announced today that a live demonstration of its next generation 100GbE optical transceiver will take place at OFC/NFOEC (*1) 2012 next week in Los Angeles, California, USA. This transceiver is designed to comply with the next generation 100 Gigabit Ethernet specification which is now under discussion in the IEEE 802 Committee (*2). The demonstration can be viewed in FOC's booth #2317 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 6-8, 2012.

Rapid increase in the volume of communications traffic has come from the spread of new services such as mobile broadband using smart phones, cloud computing and on-line streaming. This has created a great demand to next-generation 100Gbps optical networks. The IEEE 802 Committee finalized the original 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard in June 2010. Discussions on the next generation 100 Gigabit Ethernet specifications which target lower power consumption and a more compact package have been proceeding since September, 2011.

Current 100 Gigabit Ethernet CFP optical modules use a 10 x 10Gbps lane electrical interface. Next generation modules though will use a 25 x 4Gbps lane electrical interface compliant with the 25G-VSR specification now under discussion in the OIF (*3). The introduction of this new interface enables compact size (about half width of the current CFP) and low power consumption (about 1/3 of the current CFP) transceivers. The target form factor of this transceiver is called "CFP2". The latest discussion items regarding the “CFP2” MSA standard can be found on the website for the CFP MSA group (http://www.cfp-msa.org/). First generation 100GbE CFP transceivers supporting the ER4/LR4 standards have already been commercialized by FOC and are shipping in volume. FOC is now developing CFP2 transceivers supporting the next generation 100 Gigabit Ethernet ER4/LR4 specifications

Fujitsu Optical Components Ltd.

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