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Intel Announces Silicon Photonic Receiver Designed to Serve 5G

At the European Optical Communications Conference (ECOC) in Rome, Intel announced specifications for their latest silicon photonic receivers, which are designed to provide communication services and cloud providers with hardware that supports 5G wireless network expansion.
As Intel said, the new 100G silicon photonic transceiver is designed to meet the broadband needs of the next-generation 5G wireless network infrastructure to meet the broadband requirements of the next-generation 5G wireless network infrastructure while also adapting to the most Severe environmental conditions.
Intel’s Silicon Photonics 100G CWDM4 (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing 4 Channels) QSFP28 warming optical transceivers use dual-rate 40gbps / 100gbps CPRI and eCPRI, dual-rate single-mode fiber for more than 10km. In addition, the low-power 100g CWDM4 transceiver is capable of operating over a temperature range of -20°C to 85°C with a maximum power consumption of 3.5 watts.
The 10km transceiver range of the 100G CWDM4 transceiver will also allow wireless carriers to leverage their existing fiber-optic networks, which use 4G connections and increase speed to 100 Gbps, enabling them to take on faster 5G network traffic. At the ECOC meeting, Intel also revealed details of their 400gbps silicon photons, their 400 Gbps silicon optoelectronics, which was demonstrated at the fiber conference in March.
Beginning in Q4 2018, the technology company will begin to provide customers with 400 Gbps DR4 silicon photonic module samples, and production will begin mass production in 2019. Dr. Hong Hou, vice president and general manager of silicon photonics products at Intel Corporation, said: “By extending this technology beyond the data center and reaching out to the 5G infrastructure at the edge of the network, we can also communicate Service providers offer the same benefits.”