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Acacia Communications Unveils 1.2 Tbps AC1200 Coherent Module for DCI, Metro, and Long-Haul Applications

GOTHENBURG, Sweden and MAYNARD, Mass., Sept. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acacia Communications (NASDAQ:ACIA), a leading provider of high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, today announced its AC1200 Coherent Module, based on its Pico digital signal processor (DSP) ASIC. Utilizing two wavelengths, with up to 600 Gbps capacity each, Acacia’s AC1200 supports transmission speeds of up to 1.2 Tbps in a footprint which is 40% less than the size of a 5” x 7” module supporting 400 Gbps today. 

In addition to its higher capacity and density, Acacia’s AC1200 introduces several new features designed to enable network operators to improve efficiency while reducing network costs. Key among these features are:

  • Tunable Baud Rate – enables continuous baud rate adjustment for optimal utilization of the available spectrum
  • Patented Fractional QAM Modulation – provides users with the ability to select very fine resolution of QAM constellations for optimal capacity
  • Enhanced Turbo Product Code SD-FEC – offers ultra-high net coding gain (NCG) and enables maximum reach, while maintaining low power dissipation.

Acacia’s AC1200 module will support security encryption and a wide range of host interfaces designed to reduce or eliminate the need for costly external devices. Acacia will support its AC1200 with a software development kit designed to streamline the integration and allow customers to more quickly take advantage of this highly flexible solution.

Acacia’s versatile AC1200 will support multiple network applications, including DCI, metro, long-haul and submarine.

Key Acacia technologies supporting its AC1200 coherent module are:

  • High performance DSP ASIC in the latest CMOS node with the low power dissipation that the industry has come to expect from Acacia products;
  • Highly integrated silicon photonics circuit that supports high baud rates while reducing interconnect costs; and
  • Co-optimization and short connection between the DSP ASIC and Optics provides high fidelity for the high speed interconnects.

“Increasing bandwidth demands are driving the need for key technologies like silicon photonics that evolve networks more efficiently. Acacia has a history of driving innovation by developing products with increasing performance capabilities and reduced size and power consumption,” said Raj Shanmugaraj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Communications. “With our AC1200, we continue to demonstrate our ability to rapidly innovate and to provide our customers with competitive solutions.”

“Our growth is continually driving the need for better optical performance within the network. Technology that raises the bar with high baud rate integrated photonics and signal processing algorithms in a well-architected interconnect solution provide the high performance that is imperative,” said Glenn Wellbrock, director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning, Verizon.

With samples planned to be available in first half of 2018, the AC1200 is well positioned to help carriers and content providers meet their growing bandwidth demands.

Meet Acacia at ECOC

Acacia will be attending the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Gothenburg, Sweden, September 17 - 21, 2017.  If you are interested in meeting with Acacia during the conference, please contact marketing@acacia-inc.com.

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 Communications 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 and can be easily integrated in a cost-effective manner with existing network equipment. www.acacia-inc.com.

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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, the company’s anticipated growth strategies, its expectations regarding competition, the anticipated trends and challenges in its business and the market in which Acacia Communications operates, including those that may affect its customers and their demand for Acacia Communications’ products, including its AC1200 product, the size and growth of the potential markets for its products and the ability to serve those markets, its expectations regarding, and the stability and quality control of, its supply chain and manufacturing, the scope, progress, expansion and costs of developing and commercializing its products, regulatory developments in the United States and foreign countries, including under export control laws or regulations that could impede its ability to sell its products to customers in certain foreign jurisdictions, and other risks set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in the company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2017 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:
Ed Harrison
Office: (781) 966-4158
Email: PR@acacia-inc.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Monica Gould
Office: (212) 871-3927
Email: IR@acacia-inc.com

Lindsay Savarese
Office: (212) 331-8417
Email: IR@acacia-inc.com

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