NeoPhotonics Introduces Multicast Switch for Next Generation ROADM Applications in High-Capacity "100G" Networks
Multicast Switch Designed to Enable Advanced "Wavelength Flexibility" for "CDC" ROADMs in 100G Coherent Systems
March 5, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a leading designer and
manufacturer of photonic
integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed optical communications networks, today
announced the sample availability of its PIC-based Multicast Switch for next generation ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop
Multiplexer) applications. The Multicast Switch is designed in a dual 8x16 configuration, offering 16 drop and add ports and
accommodating up to 8 directions. The capabilities of the NeoPhotonics PIC platform also enable support for architectures requiring
8x12 or 8x24 configurations as well as offering the option of integrated power monitoring for each port.
The NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch is intended to build on current ROADM technology to enable next-generation "colorless, directionless
and contentionless", or CDC, networks. For example, in a CDC network, the NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch can be coupled
with a Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS), which together are designed to direct any wavelength to any port (colorless), accept input
wavelength channels from multiple directions (directionless), and be able to drop two identical wavelengths from different directions
through the same switch (contentionless). This switching flexibility is intended to improve the efficiency and flexibility of
telecommunications networks while reducing overall deployment costs.
"We are excited to introduce our Multicast Switch and we believe that it can play a critical role in enabling more flexible and
efficient ROADM systems," said Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics. "The Multicast Switch is another NeoPhotonics product that takes
advantage of our photonic integration technology by integrating more than 200 optical elements, and is made possible by our years
of experience developing and producing increasingly complex photonic integrated circuits."
NeoPhotonics is showcasing the Multicast Switch along with the latest PIC technology designed for resolving speed, agility and
access / FTTH bottlenecks at the OFC/NFOEC Conference and Exposition at the Los Angeles Convention Center,
Booth 2200, March 6 - 8, 2012.
NeoPhotonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for
bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. The company's products enable cost-effective,
high-speed data transmission and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks.
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