Abstract

112 Gbps per wavelength, amplification free Four-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM-4) transmissions are experimentally demonstrated with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms. Two DSP architectures are investigated for Directly Modulated Lasers (DMLs): 1) the regular DSP with Feed Forward Equalization (FFE) and Decision Feedback Equalization (DFE), and 2) the enhanced DSP with Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (MLSE) equalizer. The experimental results show that with advanced DSP technologies the conventional DML can achieve 40 km transmissions with Bit Error Rate (BER) under 2.4 × 10−4 that meets RS (544, 514) Forward Error Correction (FEC) requirement; with regular-DSP the advanced DML can achieve 40 km transmissions with BER under 3.8 × 10−3, with stronger FEC. 112 Gbps and beyond per lambda DML based transmission is a promising low power, low-cost solution for 800 GbE or 1.6 TbE Ethernet.

© 2018 IEEE

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