Customer Spotlight: Acacia’s AC1200 Powers the ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex

By Lisa Crewe | Posted on August 12, 2019

ADVA recently announced that its open, ultra-high-capacity FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ terminal now enables existing optical networks to carry up to 30 times more traffic. At Acacia, we could not be prouder to have our AC1200 coherent module powering this innovative new product and we were equally excited to hear about it during the NGON & DCI World Conference in Nice, France. ADVA shared this LinkedIn SlideShare presentation during that show, highlighting the capabilities of the FSP 3000 TeraFlex™.

ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlexFigure 1: ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ terminal

According to ADVA, “By empowering communication service providers (CSPs) to boost capacity without major upgrades to the optical line system (OLS), the enhanced technology addresses the urgent need for more bandwidth despite significant space and cost constraints. The ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ is able to maximize bandwidth for any infrastructure using new fractional QAM capabilities. These support ultra-flexible bandwidth modulation for optimal performance across brownfield and subsea networks of all distances.”

Eric Fisher, Acacia’s Vice President of Global Sales, also commented on the announcement. “The ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ leverages Acacia’s AC1200 module, based on our Pico coherent DSP ASIC, to deliver a flexible transmission solution that was designed to address a wide range of multi-haul applications by leveraging 3D shaping features, including fractional QAM modulation and adaptive baud rate capabilities. For CSPs, we believe that translates into enhanced performance, as well as improved network and port efficiency, which helps to enable capex and opex savings. We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the ADVA team on the FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ and look forward to helping them to support CSPs with a differentiated solution.”

AC1200 Pico PIC 2018Figure 2: Acacia AC1200 coherent module based on the Pico DSP ASIC

According to ADVA, its FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ is a 1RU platform that enables super channels of up to 1200Gbit/s and a total capacity of 7.2Tbit/s. Its ultra-compact footprint and open API design offer unbeatable density and interoperability. And, with its new capabilities, it takes flexibility to a new level. According to ADVA, its FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ now optimizes all optical paths over every distance, ensuring the lowest cost per bit for any network. It achieves this through fractional QAM modulation, which switches between lower and higher schemes for maximum spectral efficiency, significantly boosting capacity or extending the reach of installed legacy infrastructure. ADVA believes this transforms existing carrier networks, with those designed for 10Gbit/s channels able to transport 30 times more traffic and outperforming upgrades based on 200Gbit/s by 50%.

A big thank you to ADVA for the opportunity to work together on the FSP 3000 TeraFlex™. We are very pleased when our customers are successful and we look forward to seeing the great things you accomplish in the future.