Bifrost Communications have embarked on the development and manufacturing of a TRANSCEIVER for the emerging NGPON2 market.
Based on the patented technology Bifrost has invented we are hard at work to develop the first elements of the transceiver, that we plan to have commercially available sometime during 2019.
First stage is the development of an ASIC chip, application specific integrated circuit, for the analogue signal processing aspects of the transceiver to be built. This chip, together with a license to use the Bifrost technology, is offered to world-wide markets and all interested parties. Intended as a way to be able to obtain and use in their own products the kind of transmitter and receiver sensitivity for which the Bifrost technology has become known, it is possible for manufacturers of transceivers to manufacture their own NGPON2 standard compliant transceivers, having sensitivity in the -32dBm range, meeting all classes of the standard.
We expect first tape out during late Q2 2017, with prototype chips becoming available in early Q4 2017.
Simultaneously with the chip development efforts Bifrost is developing the BOSA / ROSA /TOSA, the optical elements of the transceiver. Initial design is in the final stages of design, and work is ongoing in sourcing standard components suitable for the Bifrost technology, and in this manner helping further the objective of using commercially available, low cost components, ensuring an overall optimized implementation of the final transceiver product.
The final stage of development of the Bifrost transceiver is the completion of the MAC layer firmware, the finalization of the other electronic parts of the transceiver, the transceiver housing with its thermal dissipation qualities optimized, and then the final assembly of the prototype transceiver, made ready to go into mass production
The technology developed by Bifrost Communications, will be packaged inside standardized housings. This allows it to fit with existing infrastructure and hosting sites. Below is a video, showing the structure of the chosen XFP module and how this enables fiber access.