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InnoLight’s 400G QSFP-DD Optical Transceiver

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EUR 6990
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Deep analysis of the 400Gb optical transceiver from a leading Chinese company.

InnoLight 400G QSFP-DD Board - Optical Top View - System Plus Consulting

This full reverse costing study provides insight into technology data, manufacturing cost and selling price of InnoLight’s T-DP4CNT-N00 400Gb QSFP-DD Optical Transceiver.

Datacom market growth will be driven by adoption of higher data rate optical transceivers from core/spine networks down to inter-rack connections. 400G transceivers are expected to have the highest Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) over the next five years, at 65%. 400G adoption started in 2019 with InnoLight being one of the top five suppliers.

InnoLight’s 400G QSFP-DD is one of the first 400G optical transceivers on the market, allowing communication up to 2km using PSM4 modulation. The InnoLight solution is based on the IN010C50 PAM4 Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chipset, four GaAs laser driver dies, and a Transimpedance Amplifier (TIA) die, all designed by Inphi.

The transceivers came with a transmitter that integrates four InP lasers driven by four GaAs dies. Other components are added to the system in order to focus or isolate the signals. The data are processed using a PAM4 DSP from Inphi. The DFB lasers are electro-absorption modulated. The connector assembly is complex. For the four emission fibers, a laser, a lens, an isolator and the fiber are aligned. The lasers are integrated with a peltier cooler.

The receiver function is performed by four InP photodiode die and a TIA circuit. A fiber optic coupler and focusing lenses are used to connect the photodiode die with the fiber optic.

This report is an exhaustive analysis of the InnoLight 400G QSFP-DD optical transceiver. It includes a full analysis of the laser die, photodiode die, the TIA circuit, GaAs laser driver circuit, the PAM4 DSP circuit along with a cost analysis and price estimate. A complete physical analysis with Scanning Electron Microscope pictures, cross-sections and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis to identify the materials has been performed to shown all the technical characteristics of the main components of the optical transceiver. The other parts, electronics, optics and housing, are also studied. More details on the optical parts and the assembly are described in the report. Finally, the report estimates the cost of assembly of the electronics and the optics.

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InnoLight Company Profile

Market Analysis

  • Ecosystem and Forecast

Physical Analysis

  • InnoLight 400G QSFP-DD Teardown Views and Function
  • Transmitter Block
    • View, dimensions and cross-section
    • Fiber optic coupler, prism and rotator
    • Light path and lens
  • Inphi IN010C50 Die
  • Silicon Photonic Die
    • Die view and dimensions, process, and cross-section
  • Inphi GaAs Laser Driver Die
    • Die view and dimensions, process, and cross-section
  • InP Laser
    • Inp waveguide
    • Inp electro-absorption modulator
    • Laser process and cross-section
  • Receiver Block
    • Fiber optic coupler and light path
  • InP Photodiode Die
    • Die view and dimensions, process, and cross-section
  • TIA Die
    • Die view and dimensions, process, and cross-section

Manufacturing Process

  • Optical Elements
  • Inphi Die Fab Unit
  • GaAs Laser Driver Flow and Unit
  • InP Laser Flow and Unit
  • InP Diode Flow and Unit
  • TIA Die Fabrication Unit
  • Transceiver Assembly Unit

Cost Analysis

  • Transmitter Block
    • Inphi IN010C50
    • GaAs driver die
    • InP laser die
    • Optical elements
    • Peltier cooler assembly
  • Receiver Block
    • InP photodiode die
    • TIA die
  • Optical Element Assembly Cost
  • Optical Transceiver Cost
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