CWDM DFBLD Transmitter Module for 10-km Interdata Center with Single-Channel 50-Gbit/s PAM-4 and 62-Gbit/s QAM-OFDM

Hsuan Yun Kao, Zhe Xian Su, Hsiang Shun Shih, Yu Chieh Chi, Cheng Ting Tsai, Hao-Chung Kuo, Chao Hsin Wu, Jau Ji Jou, Tien Tsorng Shih, Gong Ru Lin*

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Single-channel 50-Gbit/s 4-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM-4) and 62-Gbit/s orthogonal frequency division multiplexed quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM-OFDM) direct encoding of an uncooled coarse wavelength division multiplexer (CWDM) 100-Gbit/s distributed feedback laser diodes (DFBLD) transmitter module at 1310-nm transmitter interdata center transmission over 10-km single-mode fiber (SMF) are demonstrated. To enable preleveled 16-QAM OFDM and PAM-4 data transmissions at 62 and 50 Gbit/s, the 1310-nm channel of the DFBLD CWDM transmitter provides modulation bandwidth of 15 GHz, side-mode suppression ratio of 48 dB, and relative intensity noise of -126 dBc/Hz. For encoding the PAM-4 data, the 1310-nm channel of the CWDM DFBLD 100-Gbit/s transmitter achieves transmission capacities of 58 and 50 Gbit/s after BtB and 10-km SMF transmissions, respectively. Instead of supporting the back-to-back 16-QAM OFDM with the transmission at 62 Gbit/s with forward error correction (FEC) certified BER of 3.3 × 10-3, such a CWDM 100-Gbit/s DFBLD transmitter module can still maintain its highest data rate capacity to indicate a receiving power penalty of 0.35 dB even after 10-km SMF propagation. This is mainly attributed to the selected channel wavelength of the narrow-linewidth DFBLD, which suffers from extremely low chromatic dispersion and RF fading effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-711
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • 1310-nm DFBLD
  • DML
  • PAM-4
  • interdata center

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