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Acacia Communications’ Thought Leaders to Present at ECOC 2018

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Demonstrating AC1200 Transponder Module with 600 Gbps per Wavelength Coherent Transmission

MAYNARD, Mass., Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acacia Communications (NASDAQ:ACIA), a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, today announced that its thought leaders will be presenting invited papers and in conference workshops, as well as leading the Lab Automation Hackathon, at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) taking place September 24 - 27, 2018 at the Fiera Roma in Rome, Italy. 

Acacia Communications experts will be on hand at ECOC to lead discussions and share knowledge regarding technology and innovation in optical communications. They will facilitate sessions covering topics such as Digital Signal Processing (DSP), subsea communications and lab automation.

Speaking Sessions:

Sunday, September 23

  • 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Christian Rasmussen, founder and vice president of digital signal processing and optics, will share his thoughts on the “Future scaling and capabilities of DSP algorithms” in the Coherent DSP in Optical Communications Workshop.
  • 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Timo Pfau, principal DSP engineer, will present on “What can DSP bring to optical access” in the DSP for Next Generation Optical Access Workshop.
  • 9:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.Hongbin Zhang, principal DSP engineer, will present on the “Future of transponders for submarine transmission” in the Submarine Systems Workshop.

Tuesday, September 25

  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.BinBin Guan, optical engineer, will lead the Lab Automation Hackathon in which there will be eight demonstrations for various common lab automation tasks.

Wednesday, September 26

  • 1:30 p.m.Timo Pfau will present his invited paper titled, “High performance coherent ASIC” as part of the SC3 - Digital Signal Handling Techniques for Optical Communication Systems session.

AC1200 1.2 Tbps Demonstration at ECOC

During ECOC, Acacia will also demonstrate its AC1200 coherent module with dual-core design enabling 1.2 Tbps error-free transmission over fiber with 600 Gbps per wavelength. 600 Gbps performance requires DSP and optics technology with both high bandwidth and high performance. This high-capacity transmission was designed to target the requirements for connections between large data centers with reaches of 100km and above using standard single-mode fiber. Acacia’s AC1200 module, which is based on its internally developed silicon photonics technology, uses advanced techniques to minimize implementation penalties and high-gain soft-decision forward error correction (FEC) to improve performance margin. Not only does this allow AC1200 to achieve high capacity 600 Gbps per wavelength transmission, but it also results in improved performance at lower data rates, such as 200 Gbps and 400 Gbps, compared to existing solutions.

The Acacia AC1200 module supports transmission capacity of up to 1.2 Tbps in a footprint that is 40 percent less than the size of the 5” x 7” modules that support transmission speeds of 400 Gbps today. Based on Acacia’s Pico DSP ASIC, which utilizes two wavelengths that can be configured to support from 100 Gbps to 600 Gbps capacity each, the Acacia AC1200 was also designed to support a suite of advanced three-dimensional (3D) shaping features that may be optimized to enable performance approaching theoretical limits on a wide range of network configurations.

Acacia shipped its first AC1200 module customer samples in March 2018 and anticipates production to begin by the end of 2018.

If you are interested in meeting with Acacia and seeing the demonstration during the ECOC conference, please contact us.

About Acacia Communications

Acacia Communications develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. By leveraging silicon technology to build optical interconnects, a process Acacia refers to as the “siliconization of optical interconnect,” Acacia Communications is able to offer products at higher speeds and density with lower power consumption, that meet the needs of cloud and service providers in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment. For more information visit or follow on Twitter at @AcaciaComms.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes statements concerning Acacia Communications and its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "could," "intends," "target," "projects," "contemplates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Acacia Communications has based these forward-looking statements largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that the Company believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, expectations regarding the ability of Acacia’s AC1200 module to provide improved performance at lower data rates than existing solutions, expectations regarding the timing of the commencement of production of the AC1200, and other risks set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2018 filed with the SEC and in other filings that the Company may make with the SEC in the future. Acacia Communications assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information:

Public Relations Contact:
Jackie D’Andrea
Office: (781) 966-4143

Investor Relations Contact:
Monica Gould
Office: (212) 871-3927

Lindsay Savarese
Office: (212) 331-8417


Source: Acacia Communications, Inc.