SOURCE: Finisar


September 13, 2011 05:00 ET

Finisar Introduces World's First 1x20 High Port Count Wavelength Selective Switch With Flexgrid™ Technology

High Port Count WSS Designed to Enable Carriers to Deploy Cost-Effective Colorless, Directionless and Contentionless ROADMs in Next Generation Telecommunication Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2011) - Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) today introduced the latest member of its industry leading ROADM product portfolio, a 1x20 high port count WSS with Flexgrid™ technology. The 1x20 WSS with Flexgrid™ is specifically designed to enable telecommunications carriers to migrate to higher data rates (400 Gb/s and beyond), interconnect more fiber directions at each node, and offer colorless, directionless and contentionless (CDC) ROADM operation. This new product will be demonstrated for the first time at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Geneva, September 19-21, in Finisar's booth #1118.

In rapidly expanding telecom networks, Finisar's 1x20 WSS high port count device is designed to enable carriers and service providers to increase the level of meshing within the network through higher nodal capacity while offering superior performance across express (through traffic) ports. This helps to minimize end-to-end system penalties and maximize the number of ports available for CDC add/drop modules. Enhanced filter bandwidth technology integrated into these products is designed to enable current and future high speed signals to travel longer distances and through more ROADM nodes. The intended benefit is increased network flexibility and lower cost per gigabit per second per mile.

Finisar's proprietary Flexgrid™ technology enhances the WSS by enabling carriers to dynamically change channel spacing to precisely match required signal bandwidth with minimal wasted optical spectrum. Specifically, current ROADM deployments concentrate on fixed 50 GHz channel spacing, which can support data rates up to 100 Gb/s. By leveraging adjustable channel spacing from 50 to 200 GHz in spacing increments of 12.5 GHz, Flexgrid™ is designed to enable carriers to efficiently carry all future transmission formats up to 1 Tb/s per wavelength on existing ROADM infrastructure, at whatever bandwidth these signals may require.

"The introduction of Finisar's 1x20 WSS with Flexgrid results from Finisar's ongoing commitment to provide the solutions our customers need to address the next generation of ROADM and wavelength cross-connects in optical networks," said Eitan Gertel, Chief Executive Officer, Finisar Corporation. "These important enhancements to our WSS product portfolio are fully compatible with Finisar's Flexgrid capabilities introduced earlier this year and will give network designers the tools to provide cost effective flexible network architectures."

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Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for telecommunications, networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit Stay up to date with Finisar by reading the Lightspeed blog and following us on Twitter and Facebook.

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