SFP Series fifty-first Week News Abstract 10

2011-12-15 17:27:41

Week News Abstract For SFP Series in 10GTEK
The abstract is mainly about the optical communication related products,including: FTTH,GPON,EPON,SFPPLC,PTN,ODN,Optical module,Optical devices,optical communications,Optical transceiver module,Etc.

EXFO expands multirate Ethernet, OTN test capabilities to 100 Gbps
EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ:EXFO) (TSX:EXF) has announced new multirate fiber-optic test capabilities for Ethernet and Optical Transport Network (OTN) applications up to 100 Gbps. The advancements improve the ability of EXFO’s FTB-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet and OTN Test Module and the FTB-8130NGE Power Blazer Next-Generation Multiservice Test Module, combined within EXFO's portable FTB-500 Platform, to support rapid set-up and configuration of packet-based network services.Features of the test set include:RFC 2544.Smart Loopback capability adjustable to all unique Layer 2 through Layer 4 loopback configurations.quality-of-service (QoS) metrics.traffic shaping with VLAN support.In addition, a new software upgrade enables single and multistage OTU4/OTU3 multiplexing via fielded FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules. This capability will address applications where OTN is used as a common container for multiplexing a mix of services down to ODU0 (1.25 Gbps) granularity into 100G/40G wavelengths."In today's competitive market, carriers and network operators strive to deliver the required bandwidth while reducing costs and improving efficiency, and EXFO is proud to empower its customers with the only 10M-to-100G multirate and multiservice portable field testing solution to take their converged networks field-testing efficiency to the next level," said Etienne Gagnon, vice-president, Wireline Division and corporate marketing. "Thanks to EXFO's ToolBox and its powerful set of tools, including Update Manager, Remote Management, and Reporting, seamless transition between different interfaces and testing applications is now at the tip of your fingers."
A*STAR, Alcatel-Lucent prepare silicon photonics device library
The Institute of Microelectronics (IME), part of Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), has big plans to commercialize silicon photonics.To make the plan a reality, IME has partnered with semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries Inc. and equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent. The trio say they will bring innovative silicon component designs from research stage to commercial fabrication readiness within the next few years.The new service will allow photonics developers to create new optical products out of silicon. They will be offered a library of building blocks consisting of silicon photonics device designs with the requisite process control monitors (PCMs) and process design kits (PDKs).These photonic devices – ranging from next-generation high-speed optical modulators, germanium photo-detectors, waveguides, and other common photonic circuits found in networking equipment – have been developed as part of IME’s silicon photonics program. Further enhancements to the chips were enabled through strategic collaboration with Bell Laboratories, the R&D arm of Alcatel Lucent (see “IME, Alcatel-Lucent to collaborate on silicon photonics”).Silicon photonics enables manufacturers to integrate optical functions in silicon wafers, just as electronic devices are today, thus enabling them to take advantage of the infrastructure and R&D knowhow of silicon manufacturing accrued over the past 40 years. The result should be a dramatic reduction in cost of manufacturing photonic devices, sidestepping one of the main obstacles that has hindered their widespread adoption."This milestone reflects the rapidly growing commercial significance of silicon photonics," said Prof. Dim-Lee Kwong, the executive director of IME. "IME will continue to enhance our silicon photonics technology platform and work with our strategic partners to bring the benefits of silicon photonics to the industry worldwide.""I'm delighted that IME and GlobalFoundries are working with Bell Labs to accelerate the development of the exciting silicon photonics technology, which holds such promise for use in communication systems," said Alice White, chief scientist, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. "Bell Labs has been actively engaging leading microelectronics research institutes in silicon photonics research – it is exciting to see these efforts moving forward into the commercial realm."
RAMPLAS effort seeks 100-Gbps optical RAM
A new project, partially funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2009-C), will seek to develop a silcon-based optical random access memory (RAM) device capable of operating at 100 Gbps. The effort, called RAMPLAS, will seek to improve upon the access speeds now supported by Static RAM and DDR3 DRAM devices in a way that can keep pace with advances in processor speeds.The three-year effort will combine the expertise of six participants:The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH; Greece), which will lead the consortium.The Technical University of Berlin (Germany),VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland).PhoeniX Software (the Netherlands).The Institute of Communication and Computer Science (ICCS; Greece).The Tampere University of Technology (Finland).The consortium says it will rely on advances in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) fabrication technology to develop silicon-based optical RAM chips. Specifically, the RAMPLAS group hopes to combine 1.55-µm Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) gain chips with nanometer-scale SOI waveguide platforms. The participants also hope to develop uncooled InGaAsNSb (dilute nitride-antimonide) SOAs as active elements.If successful, the optical RAMs will provide several benefits, RAMPLAS participants believe:memory access times 30X less than state-of-the-art SRAM cache and three orders of magnitude lower than DRAM modules.reduction of energy consumption to levels around 15 mW/Gbps.confirm the viability of wavelengths as a means to interconnect cache units and different memory hierarchical layers.The group hopes to enable fabrication of a 64-bit optical RAM bank as well as demonstrate optical RAM for content addressable memory (CAM), all-optical 4x4 routing, and 27-1 optical Pseudo-Random Bit Sequence (PRBS) generation, all at 100 Gbps.
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