TechDogs-"New 400G MACOM PURE DRIVE Chipset Enables Linear Architectures "

Manufacturing Technology

New 400G MACOM PURE DRIVE Chipset Enables Linear Architectures

By Business Wire

Business Wire
Overall Rating

TechDogs-"New 400G MACOM PURE DRIVE Chipset Enables Linear Architectures "
LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MACOM Technology Solutions Inc. (“MACOM”), a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions, today announced at the European Conference on Optical Communication (“ECOC”) that it has introduced a new 400G chipset comprising linear drivers and transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) that target single mode and multi-mode optical interconnects. MACOM will brand these new linear drivers and TIAs as MACOM PURE DRIVE™. These devices target linear architectures where the optical transceiver replaces digital signal processors (DSPs) with an analog integrated circuit (IC) to provide linear signal recovery at the electro-optical interface.

The deployment of 400G PAM-4 connectivity within the datacenter is causing a dramatic increase in overall power consumption for cloud service providers, in part due to PAM-4 DSPs which are often used to maintain signal integrity at each hop within the overall link. In many cases, this can result in multiple DSPs within a single datacenter link. MACOM’s new linear architecture can remove this DSP redundancy within the link by optimizing the linear performance of the electro-optical interface, which can enable the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) at the end points to recover the signal.

Expected key benefits of MACOM PURE DRIVE™ solutions compared to standard DSP-based architectures include:

  • Reduction of optical interconnect power consumption upwards of 50%
  • Minimized link latency critical for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications
  • Eliminates costly, redundant signal retiming
  • Solves thermal issues associated with discrete DSP
  • Simplified module implementation allowing for greater flexibility
  • Reduces footprint to meet space-constrained designs
  • Scalable up to 1.6TB

The MACOM PURE DRIVE™ chipset has been designed to support broad dynamic ranges, linear equalization and low noise amplification to enable direct connection to switch and server ASICs. Working together, these linear links can support leading edge throughput while, at the same time, enable specialized functionality of each component in the data path such that power, cost and latency can be minimized.

The MACOM PURE DRIVE™ chipset includes a 4x100G multi-mode fiber VCSEL driver and a 4x100G single mode fiber EML/silicon photonics driver (die or packaged). Corresponding TIAs are also available as part of the chipset.

For more information about these products, please reach out to or visit

Here's another interesting article on Top Trends 2022 – Manufacturing Technology

MACOM designs and manufactures high-performance semiconductor products for the Telecommunications, Industrial and Defense and Datacenter industries. MACOM services over 6,000 customers annually with a broad product portfolio that incorporates RF, Microwave, Analog and Mixed Signal and Optical semiconductor technologies. MACOM has achieved certification to the IATF16949 automotive standard, the ISO9001 international quality standard and the ISO14001 environmental management standard. MACOM operates facilities across the United States, Europe, Asia and is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts. To learn more visit


MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.
Stephen Ferranti
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Investor Relations
P: 978-656-2977

Like what you read? Head to the TechDogs homepage to find the latest tech content infused with drama and entertainment. We've got ArticlesWhite PapersCase StudiesReportsVideos and Events - the complete lot to help you Know Your World of Technology.

First published on Mon, Sep 19, 2022

Disclaimer - Reference to any specific product, software or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by TechDogs nor should any data or content published be relied upon. The views expressed by TechDogs’ members and guests are their own and their appearance on our site does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by TechDogs’ Authors are those of the Authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of TechDogs or any of its officials. All information / content found on TechDogs’ site may not necessarily be reviewed by individuals with the expertise to validate its completeness, accuracy and reliability.


MACOM Datacenter Industries Telecommunications Semiconductor Products Integrated Circuit (IC)


Join The Discussion

  • Dark
  • Light