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Inphi Announces New COLORZR-Lite For Campus and Data Center Interconnects 

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 18, 2017 – Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI), a leader in high-speed data movement interconnects, today announced the expansion of its COLORZ portfolio with COLORZ-Lite, 100G DWDM in QSFP28 form factor for campus and data center interconnects. COLORZ, first announced at OFC 2016, is the industry’s first Silicon Photonics 100G PAM4 platform solution for 80km DWDM DCI. The addition of COLORZ-Lite now offers campus and data centers a cost optimized solution for shorter distances up to 20km. Inphi will collaborate with II-VI to demo COLORZ-Lite, showcasing a 20km campus DWDM link in its booth #337 at ECOC 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 18-20, 2017.

Cloud traffic continues to drive data center growth and machine-to-machine communication is increasing aggregate traffic at an even faster pace. Applications and virtualization are also driving the need for low latency network requirements, thus pushing the need for data to be stored closer to the users. With the need to support these growing bandwidth requirements, and to reduce the bottlenecks caused by fiber exhaustion, the industry requires a low-cost and high-bandwidth inter-operability solution between network elements. COLORZ-Lite DWDM in QSFP28 form factor is the answer. Designed for campus and data center networks ranging up to 20km, COLORZ-Lite DWDM is cost optimized alternative solution to Grey optics such as LR4, eLR4 and ER4, eleviates the fiber shortage bottlenecks and enables enterprise and cloud operators to scale their network.

“The ability to provide high bandwidth DWDM connectivity across data centers in a campus environment enables cloud operators to rapidly scale their capacity” said Timothy Doiron, principal analyst, Intelligent Networking practice at ACG Research. “In a recent study, we concluded that COLORZ-Lite lowered the total cost of ownership by up to 68% in a distributed campus versus Grey optics when considering the cost of leased fiber.”

Leveraging Inphi’s leadership in PAM DSP technology, Linear Drivers and TIAs, Inphi has introduced a new set of 100G capable optics optimized for the QSFP28 hot pluggable form factor.  COLORZ-Lite hot-swappable devices plug into any QSFP28 100G Ethernet port of any standard switch or router.  COLORZ-Lite can support up to 40 DWDM channels on a single fiber giving network operators a 40x increase in fiber utilization or spectral efficiency (4 Tb/s vs. 100 Gb/s in a single fiber pair).

“COLORZ-Lite brings flexibility and ease of service delivery to cloud network operators constrained by fiber exhaustion or that require extended link reaches up to 20 km,” said Loi Nguyen, Founder and SVP, Optical Interconnect, Inphi.  “COLORZ-Lite 100G QSFP28 pluggable modules, combined with a cost optimized open line system, enables cloud operators to scale their networks, reduct costs and increase their ease of deployment.”

COLORZ-Lite DWDM Key Features:

  • QSFP28 MSA form factor supporting 100G Ethernet
  • Enables 4Tb/s capacity over a single fiber
  • 4.5W power dissipation
  • ITU wavelength grid compatible
  • DSP based PAM4 modulation
  • Optimized cost performace for up to 20km

Come See Us at ECOC 2017

Inphi is showcasing its latest next-generation products at ECOC 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden from September 17-21, 2017.

About Inphi

Inphi Corporation is a leader in high-speed data movement interconnects. We move big data - fast, throughout the globe, between data centers, and inside data centers.  Inphi's expertise in signal integrity results in reliable data delivery, at high speeds, over a variety of distances. As data volumes ramp exponentially due to video streaming, social media, cloud-based services, and wireless infrastructure, the need for speed has never been greater. That's where we come in. Customers rely on Inphi's solutions to develop and build out the Service Provider and Cloud infrastructures, and data centers of tomorrow. To learn more about Inphi, visit

Source: Inphi

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