Computing is being transformed by its migration to the Cloud. Gartner and IDC estimate the total addressable market (TAM) for public cloud platforms will grow at a 30% CAGR from 2013-2018, dwarfing the 5% CAGR overall enterprise IT growth.


Cloud data centers are continuously increasing their massive scale along multiple dimensions: physical size, electrical power, server capacity, and intra- and inter-data center connectivity. For intra-data center connections, this increasingly massive scale currently requires 100+ Gbps single-mode connections with demanding density, power consumption, and cost requirements. Over the next few years, these interconnects must evolve to 200 Gbps, 400 Gbps, and beyond while continuously making large improvements in density/Gbps, power/Gbps, and cost/Gbps to prevent becoming a bottleneck to Cloud evolution.


The extreme speed, density, power, and cost requirements in Cloud data center interconnects require extreme innovation. Kaiam’s LightScale® family of pluggable fiber-optic transceivers support the most demanding intra-data center interconnect needs. Kaiam’s LightScale transceivers are deployed in large volumes by the world’s top Cloud data center operators. Target customers are Cloud data center operators and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs).


Kaiam’s LightScale transceivers integrate Kaiam’s world-class SCOTS™ planar lightwave circuits (PLCs) for WDM muxing/demuxing, optical power monitoring, and mode size adaptation (to reduce fiber coupling losses). In addition to their use in Kaiam’s transceivers, SCOTS PLCs are used in a number of other prominent markets/applications:


Long-haul terrestrial and submarine networks: Dense WDM muxing and demuxing, integrated coherent receiver (ICR) front-ends
Autonomous vehicles: Components used in LIDAR systems
Virtual/augmented reality: Components for optical display subsystems