Demonstrating Award Winning Coherent Interconnect Module 8 Technology at OFC 2022

5G, video and cloud services are driving explosive bandwidth demand and network operators are challenged to scale capacity to meet this demand in a cost-effective and operationally simplistic way. To meet these needs, providers require multi-haul high-performance solutions that maximize their fiber investment, reduce power, simplify operations, and decrease costs. Multi-haul solutions can be used in applications ranging from high-capacity links between data center sites and metro and long-haul networks, as well as inter-continental submarine transmission.

 Acacia AC1200

Acacia’s performance optimized multi-haul coherent solutions have proven to be extremely effective at helping service providers meet these challenges. To date, Acacia has shipped more than 100,000 ports of its Pico Digital Signal Processor (DSP), which powers the company’s highly successful AC1200 1.2TB module. Customers appreciate the 3D Shaping capabilities including continuous baud rate adjustment available in the AC1200. Acacia’s Pico-based products are deployed in well over 100 networks across the globe and have been selected by 3 of the 4 largest hyperscalers.

Expanding the Performance Optimized Portfolio
Building on the success of the AC1200 and Pico DSP, the Coherent Interconnect Module 8 (CIM 8) is based on Acacia’s newest DSP technology, the 8th generation Jannu 5nm CMOS DSP, and includes second generation 3D Shaping and continuous baud rate adjustment of up to 140Gbaud.  The new module is designed to achieve several industry firsts that separate it from competing solutions on the market:

  • The first single-carrier 1.2TB multi-haul pluggable module
  • The first coherent module to support 140Gbaud
  • The first 5nm multi-haul DSPJannuFirsts


“With over one hundred thousand ports shipped, Acacia’s Pico DSP is widely entrenched in networks around the globe and continues to provide network operators with a cost-effective way of scaling networks to meet rising bandwidth demands,” said Vlad Kozlov, Founder and CEO, LightCounting Market Research. “When complemented by the new CIM 8 module with the Jannu DSP, Acacia is able to offer service providers an arsenal of performance optimized coherent solutions that deliver maximum capacity for any network, at any distance and any passband.”

CIM 8 Awarded 5.0 in Lightwave Innovation Reviews
Each year, Lightwave Magazine holds its Innovation Reviews program where it evaluates and recognizes the most innovative products impacting the communications industry. This year, Acacia’s recently announced CIM 8 was not only recognized, but also scored the highest score of 5.0.  This perfect score is a testament to the innovation that the CIM 8 brings to the industry.  It’s important to note that in 2019, Acacia’s AC1200 also received a perfect score of 5.0.

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Proven Technology Leadership and Vision
The newly introduced CIM 8 continues Acacia’s history of technology leadership by providing industry leading performance based on the same silicon photonics used in high volume pluggable modules. In addition, Acacia is leveraging the investments being made in next-generation standardized solutions. Aligning these developments helps Acacia to accelerate time to market for both standardized and multi-haul products and benefit from the combined scale.

For more information on Acacia’s high-performance optical coherent solutions, or to meet with us at OFC, contact us at this link.