MACOM Collaborates with Avago to Demonstrate Optoelectronic Switching for 10 Gigabit Ethernet Applications

MACOM Crosspoint Switches and Avago VCSEL MicroPOD Modules Enable High Density Switching Platforms

LOWELL, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 10, 2014M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc (“MACOM”) and Avago Technologies today announced a collaborative demonstration of a high density 10Gbps Ethernet optoelectronic switching solution targeting enterprise and data center applications. The demonstration will showcase a 12-channel 10Gbps traffic running over a 100m optical fiber cable switched through a 48-port low latency cross-point device. This demonstration and others will be on display at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC 2014), March 11 -13, 2014 in San Francisco.

Visit MACOM at Booth 2203 for more information at the OFC 2014 show in San Francisco (Photo: Busines ...

Visit MACOM at Booth 2203 for more information at the OFC 2014 show in San Francisco (Photo: Business Wire)

With rapid growth of data centers and a need for low latency data center configurability at the circuit level, a combination of MACOM’s cross-point switches and signal conditioners combined with Avago’s optical transceivers, delivers a high density and low latency optoelectronic switching solution with signal regeneration and monitoring capabilities. MACOM has developed a portfolio of high port count cross-point switches and signal conditioners to address this need. The demonstration is achieved using MACOM’s M31517 multi-port signal conditioner and M21048 48x48 11.88Gb/s cross-point switch and Avago’s Micro PODTM 120G transmitter and receiver modules as well as 100m optical fiber cable.

"MACOM is pleased to demonstrate this high bandwidth switching solution for 10G Ethernet. Increasing physical size of data centers combined with increasing support for cloud computing applications drives the need for long reach optical connectivity and low-latency circuit switching,” said Marek Tlalka, Director of marketing, at MACOM. “The combination of Avago’s optical transceivers with MACOM’s cross-point switches enables this capability as a complement to traditional packet switching solutions.”

"Avago is pleased to take part in this demonstration leveraging our proven high-bandwidth, low-power MicroPOD optical modules. As the size of data centers increases, we expect these embedded parallel optic modules as well as Avago’s pluggable modules to continue to play an important role in data centers,” said Sharon Hall, segment marketing manager for Fiber Optics Product Division at Avago Technologies. “The MicroPOD is an ideal low power, small form factor device which can be leveraged across many switching platforms enabling high-density 10Gbps Ethernet links.”

MACOM’s M21048 and M31517 devices are available now. Avago’s MicroPODTM and MiniPODTM optical modules are in volume production now. The devices and more will be on display in MACOM's demonstration room (#631) during OFC 2014. Please email your MACOM sales representative to arrange a meeting.


M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. ( is a leading supplier of high performance analog RF, microwave, and millimeter wave products that enable next-generation Internet and modern battlefield applications. Recognized for its broad catalog portfolio of technologies and products, MACOM serves diverse markets, including high speed optical, satellite, radar, wired & wireless networks, CATV, automotive, industrial, medical, and mobile devices. A pillar of the semiconductor industry, we thrive on more than 60 years of solving our customers' most complex problems, serving as a true partner for applications ranging from RF to Light.

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