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Inphi first with chips to enable high-density 100G ports

28 September 2011
 
Fabless semiconductor firm Inphi has announced the industry’s first 100Gbps physical layer (PHY) chip manufactured using standard CMOS processes. Also known as a “gearbox” IC, the PHY is a key component inside pluggable 100Gbps modules in the CFP form factor. It converts 10 electrical lanes at 10Gbps into 4 lanes at 25Gbps.


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Opnext unveils first OIF-compliant 100G module

28 September 2011
 
Opnext hopes to be the first to deliver a 100Gbps optical module that’s compliant with the framework set down by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) for long-haul optical transmission.  The company formally introduced the new product at ECOC, and expects to start mass production in the first quarter of next year.
 


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Infinera gets ready for the terabit age

28 September 2011
 
Infinera has unveiled its next-generation core optical networking platform.  The DTN-X combines 5Tbps of dense wavelength division multiplexed (DWDM) transmission and G.709 Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching in a single bay, scaling to 10 Tbps per bay and 100Tbps in a multi-bay configuration in the future.
 


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FTTx Centre Expansion for ECOC 2011 Marks Increased Global Presence

15 September 2011
 
The bigger and improved FTTx Centre is set to be a key highlight for visitors descending upon Geneva from across the globe to view the latest industry trends and technology at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) exhibition next week.
 


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BTI Systems simplifies metro service provisioning

13 September 2011

 BTI Systems has announced a simplification to the provisioning and management of optical services in the metro network. The Ottawa-headquartered company has added what it dubs a “dynamic optical layer” to its BTI 7000 packet optical platform to enable metro services without requiring detailed networking planning. The BTI 7000 platform supports 40 DWDM channels and an advanced reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM).

 


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Market Focus highlights key themes in optical communications

13 September 2011

 

Now in its sixth year, ECOC’s Market Focus forum is bigger and better than ever before, say the show organisers. A look at the schedule for the event indicates what are going to be the major topics of discussion for ECOC this year.
 

 



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Verizon lights up 100G link in US, plans more

13 September 2011

 

US service provider Verizon is claiming another 100G first, with the deployment of 100G on an ultra-long-haul section of the company’s US backbone – essentially delivering on a promise made earlier this year.  More significantly, the company says it plans to increase the number of routes using 100G technology to 10 by the end of the year, rather than just the three that were announced back in March.
 

 



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Gig.U consortium plans faster broadband networks

13 September 2011
 
A consortium of over 30 US universities hopes to accelerate deployment of high-speed networks in university towns.  By collaborating on this effort, Gig.U members aim “to lower costs for themselves and improve the business economics for the private sector entities interested in working with the members, while enhancing the benefits gained from shared information and experience”.
 


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EU project seeks 100-fold enhancement in system capacity

12 September 2011
 
In recent years, gains in optical transmission system capacity have been slow.  That’s because the capacity of current optical fibres is within a factor of two of their fundamental physical limits, bounded by the Shannon limit and optical nonlinearities. Now an €11.8m European-funded research project is investigating ways to boost system capacity by an order of magnitude using specialist multimode optical fibres.
 


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Avago touts first 16G Fibre Channel modules

12 September 2011
 
Avago Technologies has begun manufacturing an SFP+ module supporting the latest speed 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel standard. The introduction of the SFP+ doubles the traffic throughput of storage systems.
 


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