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Acacia Introduces Coherent ZR Optics Solutions for CFP and CFP2 Pluggable Modules

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New Optical Interconnects Designed to Address the Need for Growing Capacity in Network Access and Edge Applications

MAYNARD, Mass., June 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACIA), a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, today announced the general availability of two new high-speed coherent optical interconnect products for “ZR” applications. Enabled by Acacia’s low-power, highly integrated designs which leverage Acacia’s proprietary digital signal processor (DSP) and silicon photonic technologies, Acacia believes that its new 100G/200G CFP2-DCO ZR and next generation low power 100G CFP-DCO ZR will address demands for growing capacity in network access, edge, and enterprise campus applications.

Acacia’s new products support the requirements of unamplified applications beyond the 40km reaches standardized in the industry and extend to 80km and beyond. Acacia’s CFP-DCO ZR module is capable of supporting the 18W power class that was widely deployed for 10km client applications. Both modules also offer high-capacity and low-power consumption solutions designed to reduce the complexity, power usage and cost of high-bandwidth interconnects.

“Based on our experience with network operators, we see increasing demand for 100G and above in access aggregation markets,” said Jimmy Mizrahi, Vice President, Global Portfolio with ECI.  “We believe coherent 100G and 200G ZR solutions, in compact pluggable form factors, will be an attractive solution for network operators with requirements for reaches greater than 40km in applications such as 5G backhaul and cable access.”

“Traditionally, coherent optical transmission was primarily used for longer reach applications, but traffic patterns are changing in ways that are leading to the need for high capacity interconnects that target shorter reaches in a power efficient and cost effective manner. ZR optics address this need,” said Tom Williams, Senior Director of Marketing for Acacia Communications. “Acacia pioneered the coherent ZR offering with our industry first CFP-DCO form factor and our vision is to continue to expand the use of coherent technology in shorter reach applications.” 

Shorter reach applications are believed to be an emerging opportunity for coherent optical interconnects, and are receiving significant attention from industry standards organizations. Standards are under development for coherent ZR-class interfaces at 100G, 200G and 400G, adapting traditional 80km ZR requirements for coherent transmission. Applications ranging from the interconnection of hyper-scale data centers to the aggregation of residential access networks and 5G backhaul are driving converging requirements for these coherent interfaces.

Meet Acacia at NGON & DCI Europe

Acacia will be attending NGON & DCI Europe on June 26-28, 2018.  If you are interested in meeting with Acacia during the conference to discuss these new ZR optics solutions or other coherent solutions, please submit your request here.

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 www.acacia-inc.com or follow on Twitter at @AcaciaComms.

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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 ZR solutions to address growing capacity demands in access, edge and enterprise campus applications and to reduce the complexity, power usage and cost of high-bandwidth interconnects, the ability to expand the use of coherent technologies in shorter reach applications, 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 March 31, 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.

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