Getting Up To Speed On Fiber Optic Innovation with CommScope

Getting Up To Speed On Fiber Optic Innovation with CommScope

September 21, 2015

Fiber helps make it possible to move incredible amounts of information around the globe at increasingly lower costs. Optical fiber, along with the equipment it interconnects, helps to make bandwidth affordable and accessible. Without fiber optics, the internet as we know it would simply not be possible.

Even though fiber optic communication systems were first deployed nearly 40 years ago, innovations continue to be made to increase bandwidth while minimizing costs. Data centers, which increasingly rely on fiber to connect servers, switches and storage, have moved beyond 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) fiber connectivity. 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s interconnects are becoming commonplace and standards are now being set to achieve 400 Gb/s transmission. To accommodate this bandwidth trajectory, new fiber technology is being developed that significantly increases bandwidth while maintaining backward compatibility with existing fiber and applications.

This newest fiber to arrive is known as wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF). Whereas conventional multimode fiber was designed to optimally support a single wavelength, WBMMF is designed to evenly accommodate multiple wavelengths. The fiber’s capacity grows with each additional wavelength.

CommScope provided LazrSPEED® 550 WideBand fiber cabling for a technology demonstration with Finisar at the OFC 2015 conference. Four wavelengths at 25 Gb per second (Gb/s) were combined together and transmitted over the LazrSPEED 550 WideBand fiber, meaning that 100 Gb/s Ethernet traffic could be sent and received over just two fibers for distances significantly exceeding those of conventional fibers. The current standard for 100 Gb/s Ethernet over multimode, known as 100GBASE-SR4, requires eight fibers. This technology allows a fourfold reduction in the number of fibers, thus extending the two-fiber application space from 25 Gb/s to 100Gb/s.

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Wideband Multimode Fiber – What is it and why does it makes sense?

Commscope WP Wideband MM Fiber What Why

Download White Paper: Wideband Multimode Fiber – What is it and why does it makes sense?

Watch Demo: Commscope LazrSPEED Wideband Multimode Fiber

Commscope has also released the SYSTIMAX High Density (HD) fiber solution. The SYSTIMAX HD solution is built to support high-density data center applications based on pre-terminated LC and MPO connectivity. Designed by CommScope Labs, the solution combines high density with manageability and ease of making moves, adds and changes. The solution consists of 1U, 2U and 4U HD fiber shelves. Each of the shelves accepts InstaPATCH® 360 modules or MPO connector pass-through panels. The use of the modules and panels allows incremental spend as growth occurs, and simplified installation, operations and maintenance. The compact shelf design enables the use of a single cabinet to house both SAN Directors and fiber cabling, a cost-saving innovation that significantly improves storage networking space utilization. View product sheet.