A 1.3-μm, 4 × 25-Gbit/s, EADFB laser array module with large output power and low driving voltage is developed for 100GbE. A novel rear grating DFB laser is introduced to increase the output power of the laser while keeping the single mode lasing, which is desirable for a monolithic integration. Also, InGaAlAs-based electroabsorption modulators make very-low-driving-voltage operation possible due to their steep extinction curves. With the module, very clear 25-Gbit/s eye openings are obtained for four wavelengths with the driving voltage of only 0.5 V while securing the dynamic extinction ratio required by the system. These results indicate that the presented module is a promising candidate for energyefficient future 100GbE transmitter.
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