Timothy Munks

Timothy Munks

Timothy Munks, a principal research analyst at IHS Markit, focuses on data center optics, metro and core optical networks and optical component markets.

His career has encompassed both R&D and commercial activities in business development, product line management and OEM sales. Mr. Munks joined IHS Markit in 2018 with more than 25 years of work experience in optical networking technology and optical component markets. Previously, he worked for Acacia Communications, NeoPhotonics and Lumentum/JDSU. He started his career performing research and development with a focus on fundamental component technology, including tunable lasers, laser wavelength stabilization for DWDM, high speed modulators, DSP’s and 100G optical transceivers. His original R&D efforts resulted in 14 US and 6 international patents. Mr. Munks holds an Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the University of Illinois, United States.


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Ciena launches WaveLogic 5—the race to 800G is on!

MWC and OFC provide a great opportunity for companies to make new product and technology announcements, and on 20 February 2019, Ciena announced plans for its next-generation coherent optical chipset named WaveLogic 5. WaveLogic 5 will be made available in two variants, covering applications from single span unamplified links through long-haul and subsea networks. The WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) is optimized for performance and flexibility, operating between 200G and 800G per wavelength, while the WaveLogic 5 Nano (WL5n) is optimized for footprint and power dissipation, operating between 100G and 400G per wavelength. Ciena is developing separate DSPs for each platform in parallel using 7 nm silicon for both. It is also employing vertically integrated high speed electro-optic component technology for footprint optimized coherent optics.

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Will 400G ZR transceivers disrupt the coherent optics market?

Recent research from IHS Markit indicates that data center interconnections are the fastest growing segment for coherent transceivers. Currently, metro and long-haul DWDM equipment is used to connect data centers around the world, but metro and long-haul DWDM solutions are overkill to interconnect data centers in campus and urban metro areas. Metro-access DCI are point-to-point connections with fiber reach between 40 and 120 km, making it possible to use unamplified links at least to 100 km, well beyond the capabilities of direct detect datacom transceivers. Coherent telecom transceivers can be used, but they have higher performance than required, are more complex, and are generally offered at a higher price point. They also use proprietary SD-FEC modes that are not interoperable. In response to this, the Optical Interconnect Forum (OIF) has developed the 400G ZR MSA to define specifications for 400GbE transceivers optimized for 80–100 km unamplified links using a grey channel in the center of C band. There is also strong interest from telecom and cable service providers for a DWDM version of the 400G ZR, so the OIF developed a colored version of the 400G ZR specification.

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II-VI announces plans to acquire Finisar

On 9 November 2018, II-VI Incorporated announced plans to acquire Finisar in a cash and stock deal with an equity value of $3.2 billion; the acquisition is expected to close in the middle of 2019. The combined company will generate approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue. The markets for photonic products are diverse and increasingly competitive, and product R&D and fabrication facilities for compound semiconductors are very expensive. Consolidation to achieve scale is a viable strategy to maintain the level of investment required to develop differentiated products serving fast-growing, diverse markets. With the Finisar acquisition, II-VI nearly doubles in size in terms of revenue, R&D investment, and employees. Clients, please log in to view the full content.

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