Defining laser standards for AI, HPC and high-density optics

About the MSA

Today’s high volume datacom optics defined by IEEE and MSA standards specify serial or four WDM interfaces. The CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) was formed to standardize WDM CW sources in O-band for emerging advanced integrated optics applications that are expected to move to 8, 16, and 32 wavelengths. Such higher wavelength counts are needed for emerging applications such as AI, HPC, and high-density optics, and enable a leap in performance, efficiency, cost, and bandwidth scaling compared with other technologies. The new specifications will leverage IEEE and ITU-T standards. There is no plan to standardize link parameters as these will remain unique to applications. Standardization of mechanical form factors will not be part of the first MSA standard but will be considered in follow-on specs.

CW-WDM MSA Technical Specifications Rev 1.0

Defining laser standards for AI, high-density co-packaged optics and optical computing