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Lightwave Logic Modulators Support 100gbps


July 27, 2017

Lightwave Logic Inc. has enhanced its modulators to support 28 gigabit per second data rates related to QSFP28 standards and enable 100 gigabit per second performance for data center applications.

“We are continually improving the performance of our modulators as per our development plan and are on schedule to further increase the performance of our ridge waveguide modulator in the coming months,” said Michael Lebby, CEO of Lightwave Logic. “Our team has grown in both size and experience to further support the advancement of our polymer P2ICTM Polymer PIC (photonic integrated circuit) platform technology, and this will help accelerate our progress.”

Modulators sit in front of laser diodes to put light into high-speed digital pulses so they can travel over fiber optic cables. Photonics integrated circuits are akin to electronic integrated circuits but have two or more optical functions or devices in a single substrate platform.

The Lightwave Logic plan is to scale its ridge waveguide modulator to 50Gbps. That, the company explains, will enable 400Gbps optical networking data rates (using four channels at 50gbps with PAM4 modulation) – to double in speed, or leverage eight channels at 5ggbps using NRZ modulation.

“We continue our laser-like focus for the remainder of 2017 to hone the performance of our polymer ridge waveguide modulator for prototyping,” Lebby said. “Achieving higher data rates that exceed 25gbps opens the doors to more opportunities at 100gbps, which will allow us to address the burgeoning demand for 400gbps and higher performance opportunities with a cost-effective scalable technology alternative.”

In discussing his recently assumed role as CEO of Lightwave Logic, Lebby this spring commented: “At the start of 2017, I took on the challenge to explore the market trends in the datacom and telecom market segments, and produced internal data to forecast which markets would be attractive to us over the next decade. It quickly became evident that market demand for 100gbps devices (using 25gbps devices) is explosive with demand exceeding supply. We also saw the market upgrading device performance to 50gbps to support the growing demand for 400gbps data rates, especially in the data center segment of the market.” 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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