Metconnex

Metconnex

March 08, 2005 11:54 ET

Metconnex Expands Wavelength Selective Switch Portfolio, Hybrid Integration Platform Enables Introduction of Industry's Most Cost Effective WSS and Demonstration of Large Scale WSS Solutions


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MARCH 8, 2005 - 11:54 ET

Metconnex Expands Wavelength Selective Switch
Portfolio, Hybrid Integration Platform Enables
Introduction of Industry's Most Cost Effective WSS and
Demonstration of Large Scale WSS Solutions

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - Metconnex, a
leading supplier of wavelength selective switch (WSS) modules for use in
reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), today introduced
at OFC/NFOEC 2005 the WSS 5200; a 1x4 WSS offered at a price point not
previously possible. During the exhibition, the company will also
showcase their large scale WSS capability which includes a 1x14 and 1x24
WSS targeted at emerging network applications. These announcements
complement the company's existing 1x9 WSS and reinforce the ability of
its hybrid integration platform to offer optimized products for a range
of ROADM requirements.

This range of long haul and metro requirements is driven by networks'
evolution from point-to-point applications to various architectures
including: standalone rings, interconnected rings and mesh. To meet
these needs, Metconnex is responding with a portfolio of optimized
products in line with market demand, based on a hybrid integration
platform enabled by planar lightwave circuits (HI-PLC). The HI-PLC
architecture leverages the cost advantage of PLC technology, while
offering high performance, low power consumption and extensibility. This
solution provides a number of advantages over alternative approaches
such as wavelength blockers, IPLC-based multiplexer/switches and bulk
optic-based WSS.

"Optical component suppliers are challenged with developing innovative
product platforms that can meet requirements of price sensitive metro
with the high performance of long-haul" said Daryl Inniss, Director of
the Optical Component Program at RHK, Inc. "Metconnex's announcement
highlights the power of the HI-PLC platform and its ability to address
both requirements."

Based on a patent pending modular architecture, the WSS 5200 is a 1x4,
100 GHz, 45 channel wavelength selective switch available with a price
point not achievable by other WSS platforms. It will be qualified and
available coincident with the company's WSS 5400, 1x9 offering. The
module's small form factor, industry standard interfaces and multi-port
capability make it ideal to upgrade existing wavelength blocker-based
solutions. For hub applications which require 100% add/drop, this 1x4
WSS can be combined with standard passive optical modules to offer a
cost effective alternative to IPLC-based ROADMs. This solution provides
improved performance and a built in upgrade path to multi-degree
connectivity.

All products in Metconnex's HI-PLC-based portfolio have wide, flat
passbands over their full attenuation range offering a substantial
performance increase over IPLC-based alternatives, and supporting more
than a 40% increase in wavelengths. Metconnex's solutions are compatible
with a minimum of 32 cascaded modules at 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps)
and 16 module cascades at 40 Gbps. As demonstrated by the 1x14 and 1x24
WSS capability, Metconnex's platform is capable of easily scaling to
larger port counts as required in the future.

"The extensibility of our HI-PLC-based solution is unmatched in the
industry and allows us to offer our customers an optimized WSS portfolio
based on a single technology platform at a sustainable cost advantage,"
said David King, Metconnex's vice president marketing and business
development. "Today we are introducing the most cost effective WSS on
the market along with demonstrating our ability to meet large scale
requirement as they emerge. Given the strong market demand for our 1x9
and 1x4 products, it's clear having product available today will ensure
Metconnex maintains our position as a leading WSS supplier."

The WSS 5200 is being showcased in a multi-vendor ROADM building block
demonstration at Metconnex's stand (#1170) at OFC/NFOEC 2005 in Anaheim,
California. Metconnex's WSS portfolio is being evaluated by target
customers in North America, Europe and Asia.

About Metconnex

Metconnex is a leading supplier of wavelength selective switch (WSS)
modules for use in reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers
(ROADMs). The company's hybrid integration platform enabled by planar
lightwave circuits (HI-PLC) leverages the cost advantage of PLC
technology while delivering high performance, low power consumption and
extensibility. The company's WSS portfolio enables system and subsystem
vendors to build flexible products with significant advantages in cost,
performance and size across multiple applications and markets. For more
information visit us on the web at www.metconnex.com, call
+1.613.254.9600 or stop by our booth #1170 at OFC/NFOEC2005 in Anaheim,
California, March 8-10, 2005.

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