In the field of optical communication,
different companies hold different opinions about the trends of this industry.
But we would like to talk about our ideas today to share with you all.
The main trends of current optical products
miniaturization and integration;
and lower cost;
speed and larger capacity;
proprietary to open and flexible.
Smaller, more integrated, lower cost, lower
power consumption, greater capacity, in fact, is the development trend of
optical communication products. And the last one(E) to open and flexible, is the new trend of SDN technology, but also
the most important trend.
Miniaturization, integration, low cost,
high speed, large capacity and low power consumption, all these have been the
requirements of optical communication products in different times. But they
present different details in different times even they always combine each
together. In 2016, the ultra small PD of German Karlsruhe Institute, TE micro QSFP,
QSFP DD and other MSA are on behalf of the development of this miniaturization
technology. In the aspect of the integration technology, silicon photonic is very
hot this year, but not the only option. In fact, integration is not only the
integration of the chip level, the current integration of active devices and
passive devices is also a kind of integration. There are very few individual
passive or active devices.
Optical communications manufacturers have
been committed to reducing costs and power consumption. The emergence of the
ACO CFP module is a cost reduction effort. COBO alliance’s goal is to reduce cost, but
also to reduce power consumption. The emergence of the technology is directly
related to the needs of the system vendors. Ignoring the impact of these
trends, today's dominant manufacturers may fall behind. These technological
changes are more important for China's optical communications companies,
because these technologies may be more likely to change the package. After all,
to make progress like Ranovus in the quantum dot chip is not easy for Chinese
High speed and large
capacity is always the goal of optical
communication companies. Current hot spots in this area are related to
modulation techniques and optical fibers in the 400Gbps and more high speed
systems. Compared to the pursuit on the 400Gbps and the experiment, China's
optical communication companies should pay more attention to the 25Gbps
system. Regardless of Ethernet, PON or 5G mobile communications, 25Gbps will
become an important rate in the near future.
From the closed proprietary OEM network equipment to steering flexible reconfigurable open platform is the most
important trend in optical communication technology this year since OFC. TIP of
Facebook shows ADVA and other equipment companies will support open source
optical network equipment plan. From closed to open is the trend of the
Internet era, and optical communication will not be forever excluded. How to
make our products more flexible and how to support open source, these should be
the important issues in the next two years of us all.