SFP Series fifty-second Week News Abstract 7

2011-12-21 10:44:15

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.

Agilent offers fiber-optic switches for optical manufacturing tests
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) says its new N77 Series optical switches improve the cost-effectiveness of optical transceiver manufacturing tests as well as the efficiency of optical component and cable verification.The Agilent N7731A dual 1x4 optical switch and the N7734A 1x13 optical switch are available for singlemode or multimode fiber-optic connections. They offer “excellent” repeatability and flexible automation control, the company asserts.“Manufacturers of optical transmitters and receivers constantly strive for better yield and lower cost of test,” said Jurgen Beck, general manager of Agilent’s digital photonic test products. “Our new optical switches help them achieve their goals by making accurate measurements and making automation easier with excellent repeatability, fast switching time, and flexible control with LAN, USB, and GPIB interfaces.”Agilent says the switches feature the following:Repeatability of ±0.01 dB, ±0.004 dB typical.Switching time of < 20 ms.Lifetime of > 1 billion cycles.816x VXI plug-and-play driver support.N77xx viewer GUI.Manufacturers can use the switches in a variety of applications. For example, in parallel-test configurations, they can test multiple cables or components during temperature cycling. Meanwhile, optical interconnections for 40-Gigabit Ethernet or 100-Gigabit Ethernet call for identical testing in multiple paths. The 1x13 switch configuration will support the requirements of these high-speed applications, Agilent says, with the 13th path used as a permanent reference path. The switches also should help automated testing by avoiding repeated reconnections during measurements. The switching repeatability of the N77 Series switches are designed to ensure a constant signal level from cycle to cycle.For multimode fiber applications, the Agilent multimode switches are designed with very short collimated paths between fibers, so signals propagate in practically the same distribution as through uninterrupted multimode fiber.
ADTRAN scores optical transport win with Consolidated Electric Cooperative
ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) says it has won a contract from Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CEC) to supply the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 with integrated Optical Networking Edge (ONE) capabilities for use in a middle-mile network project in Ohio. The win is significant, sources at ADTRAN said during a media and analyst event held at ADTRAN’s Huntsville, AL, headquarters, because it demonstrates the company’s increasing legitimacy in the optical transport market.CEC will use the ONE-enabled Total Access 5000 platforms in a new 166-mile middle-mile fiber network. The project is funded via a broadband stimulus award from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The packet-optical transport network, dubbed ENLITE, will support a variety of applications, from smart grid monitoring of its 16 power substations, to 1-Gbps FTTP services and wholesale Carrier Ethernet and 10-Gbps wavelength services for CLECs, mobile operators and Tier 2/Tier 3 service providers in Central Ohio.“We believe broadband plays a key role in rural development and is a vital infrastructure component in attracting and stimulating economic development,” said Doug Payauys, CIO and vice president of information systems at CEC. “ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 was the only solution we evaluated that could deliver Carrier Ethernet, legacy transport, multiple access technologies, and WDM in a single platform.”ADTRAN introduced the ONE capabilities for the Total Access 5000 late last year (see “ADTRAN joins packet optical transport race with Optical Networking Edge family”). The company’s goal was to provide packet-optical transport capabilities designed specifically for the edge of the network – where the Total Access 5000 would typically already be providing access and aggregation functions. In its initial release, the ONE capabilities included a Layer 2 Ethernet switch card called the Ethernet Transport Optical Switch, a “SONET/SDH MSPP on a card” blade, and CWDM and DWDM capabilities that will support as much as 400 Gbps on a single fiber pair. This year, the company added Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) and Ethernet LAN (ELAN) capabilities. At the time of ONE’s debut, ADTRAN also promised a multiservice OTN blade and an edge-optimized ROADM card for release sometime this year as well.At the media and analyst event, ONE Product Line Manager Manu Nachum said that the company has “more than 10” customers for the packet-optical transport capabilities, with the pace of customer acceptance picking up strongly. He expressed pride in the CEC deployment because the Total Access 5000 with ONE was pitched as an optical transport platform against several established names in the field to a new customer.
Finisar revenue grows in fiscal second quarter 2012
In a market niche looking for good news, Finisar Corp. (NASDAQ: FNSR) provided some when it reported yesterday that revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 rose sequentially 5.8%. However, Finisar management joined their compatriots at other optical component and subsystem companies by suggesting that macroeconomic conditions and the flooding in Thailand combine to create an uncertain environment going forward.Finisar’s revenues for the quarter ended October 30, 2011 reached $241.5 million, up from the previous quarter’s $228.2 million as well as the year-ago quarter’s $240.9 million. Success in sales of wavelength-selective switches (WSSs), ROADM line cards, and tunable XFP transceivers led the way. This also was the first quarter in which revenue from the Ignis acquisition contributed for a full three months.Telecom-related product revenues grew 13% sequentially, while datacom product revenues declined by less than 1%. The company recorded $128.5 million in revenue from these datacom products and $113 million from telecom products during the quarter.Gross margins remained flat versus the previous quarter at 29.1%. This represented a decrease from 34.2% from the year-ago quarter. Executives pointed to the Ignis operations as one contributor to the gross margin results.Looking forward, Executive Chairman of the Board Jerry Rawls told analysts on an earnings call yesterday that the company escaped significant direct impact from the flooding in Thailand. Unlike competitors such as EMCORE, Oclaro, and Opnext, the products Fabrinet manufactures for Finisar (PC boards) use the Pinehurst facility that didn’t flood. Rawls said that he doesn’t expect to see much of a direct drag on Finisar’s revenues in the upcoming quarters for this reason.However, while he believes there is an opportunity to increase market share for some components at the expense of his less fortunate competitors, Rawls also echoed comments from NeoPhotonics that his customers’ inability to receive components from his competitors that work alongside Finisar products might still dampen sales in the short term. Coupled with the overall softness in the macroeconomic environment, this uncertainty led Rawls to forecast revenues for the upcoming quarter will fall within a range of $235 million to $250 million – the same guidance he gave for the just-completed quarter.During the question and answer section of the call, CEO Eitan Gertel revealed that, despite the lack of applicable standards, Finisar development of a tunable SFP+ to compete with JDSU’s is well underway. He said he expects such a device to sample in the second half of next year.
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