Mabud Choudhury – CommScope Inc.
As data rates continue to spiral upwards, those planning new data centers seek to deploy the most cost-effective solutions. Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) coupled with laser-optimized multimode fiber have provided the lowest cost and lowest power optical solutions through 10GE & 16GFC and are continuing this trend at 32GFC, 40GE, & 100GE, while alternate technologies continue to emerge. Meanwhile future data rates of 128GFC & 400GE are under study. The 40GE and 100GE solutions use parallel fiber transmission which changes the port appearance at patch panels and electronic faceplates. But choosing the right polarity method enables graceful upgrades and simple circuit administration.