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Altera announced what it claims is the industry's first single-chip, dual 100G transponder implemented in a 28-nm Stratix V FPGA. By integrating two independent 100G transponders into a single FPGA, Altera says it can help optical equipment manufacturers to keep pace with network performance and bandwidth demands while lowering capital costs.

A live hardware demonstration of Altera's dual 100G transponder chip will be shown in its booth #2825 at OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles the week of March 5.

Altera says its single-chip, dual 100G transponder simplifies the move by carrier and service providers to higher-density 100G transport by providing a fully integrated standards-based product. The chip leverages the enhanced performance of Stratix V FPGAs built in 28-nm high-performance silicon, and Optical Transport Network (OTN) IP to increase the density of 100G transport designs.

Altera's demonstration at OFC/NFOEC will show two independent transponders carrying live 100G traffic over optical fiber, the company says. Altera will also showcase its latest innovations in OTN IP and 28-nm FPGA technology at the show.

"Altera is committed to supporting optical transport networks with our leading-edge FPGAs, best-in-class transceiver technology and OTN IP," said Dan Mansur, senior director of strategic marketing in Altera's communications business unit. "Our production-grade, single-chip 100G transponder is deployed today in top-tier carrier networks. Now with our dual 100G transponder solution we are able to deliver density that is unachievable with current solutions and puts us on the path to support data rates of 400G and beyond."