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FREMONT, Calif. -- Avanex Corporation (Nasdaq: AVNX - News), a pioneer of intelligent photonic solutions that enable next-generation optical networks, today announced that it is a member of a consortium that received Euro 2 million in funding to develop a re-configurable photonic firewall sub-system on a chip.

The three-year project is called "WISDOM" for Wirespeed Security Domains Using Optical Monitoring and brings together a consortium that encompasses companies and organizations that span the supply chain within optical networks. The partner expertise covers fundamental research (Tyndall National Institute and The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas), component and sub-system fabrication (Center for Integrated Photonics - project coordinator), OEM system design and manufacturer (Avanex Corporation), and telecommunications network operator (BT).

As optical transmission data rates increase, it is increasingly difficult to implement existing security approaches based on current electronic techniques. In addition, a large percentage of optical traffic is only converted to electronic signals at the final nodes, thus preventing the deployment of standard security authentication protocols. At present, optical techniques that provide some level of packet screening for optical bypass are cumbersome and would dramatically reduce the traffic load on a particular router.

WISDOM aims to develop a proof of concept demonstration for a re-configurable photonic firewall sub-system on a chip to allow optical data inspection using security algorithms optimized for very high speed operation in the optical domain. This approach will complement the current electronic security techniques by providing optical information filtering operating throughout the optical telecommunication infrastructure.

"Concerns over the security of data communications continue to grow as global consumers and businesses rely ever more heavily on electronic and computer based communication systems," said Dr. Giovanni Barbarossa, chief technology officer of Avanex. "At the heart of these global systems are optical fiber links and optical equipment that allow very high data speeds and very large information handling capacities. Together with our partners, we aim to develop dedicated optical security sub-systems that can be integrated with new security protocols."

Avanex Corp. (Nasdaq: AVNX)

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