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Network Photonics rolls 1x4 MEMS-based wavelength switch

Posted: 10 Feb 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:network photonics? crosswave 1400? optical wavelength switch? wavelength cross connect? wxc switch?

Network Photonics Inc. has announced the availability of the CrossWave 1400, which it claims to be the industry's first 1x4 MEMS-based wavelength switch.

The switch is designed as a building block for transparent NxN wavelength switching nodes in long-haul, ultra-long-haul, and regional carrier networks. Wavelength-selective switching is used in conjunction with sub-wavelength grooming OEO switches or ADMs at junction points to manage wavelength connections and deliver services.

The CrossWave 1400 subsystems' design enables a variety of wavelength cross-connect (WXC) architectures, giving system designers a way to build scalable and upgradeable NxN WXCs. The architecture allows OEMs to create a typical 4x4 WXC with only four CrossWave 1400 subsystems.

The 3U device integrates DWDM demultiplexing, switching, and multiplexing functions into a single device, to provide wavelength granularity switching between the input and output ports. It is designed to handle up to 96 wavelengths per fiber at 50GHz channel spacing in the C-band and consumes 35W in steady-state.

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