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MSA formed for on AWG modules

Posted: 10 Dec 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Arrayed Waveguide Grating modules? DWDM optical equipment?

Alcatel Optronics, Hitachi Cable, and NTT Electronics (NEL), have forged a multi-source agreement (MSA) for thermally stabilized Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) modules.

These standardized AWGs will provide multiplexing and demultiplexing interfaces for DWDM optical equipment. The new common specifications are expected to ensure that network equipment manufacturers have a choice among compatible sources, while the foremost suppliers are able to reduce AWGs' lead-time and cost.

The standard defines common mechanical features and electrical parts of the AWG modules and, more specifically, package outlines for the AWGs with up to 48 channels, heater resistance, pin function definitions, and software. The optical performance, such as insertion loss and crosstalk, is up to each MSA member, who will independently develop and market compatible AWG products.

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