Metconnex Intros Tiny Switch

Metconnex introduces smallest wavelength selective switch module for flexible metro ROADMs

September 8, 2004

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STOCKHOLM -- Metconnex™, a supplier of integrated optical modules, today introduced the WSS 5400 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) which enables subsystem and systems suppliers to build cost effective, flexible metro ROADMs in a form factor not previously possible. These high performance ROADMs will offer the flexibility to meet existing and evolving applications without the need for hardware upgrade.

The WSS 5400 is a 10 port, 100 GHz device that directs each input wavelength to any one of nine output ports and integrates in a single compact module the core ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) functions of: demultiplexing, hitless switching, wavelength blocking, attenuation and multiplexing. The “any to any” switching offered by this 1x9 WSS can form the basis of colored or colorless ROADMs and provides a hardware-ready solution for multi-degree ROADMs used in ring interconnect and mesh applications. This level of integration and flexibility will help fuel continued growth of metro WDM networks.

“Worldwide metro WDM revenue increased 9% between the first and second quarters of 2004, and we project strong growth through 2007,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst of Infonetics Research. “We have now entered the ROADM era which will allow carriers to think of WDM in a new way—as a flexible, quickly provisioned ring-mesh transport layer. We believe ROADMs based on Wavelength Selective Switching modules such as Metconnex’s WSS 5400 will affect positively the use, sales, and deployment of WDM, with revenue impact in 2005.”

“We are extremely pleased with the level of interest in the WSS 5400 and our progress to date,” said Thomas Ducellier, Metconnex Chief Executive and Technology Officer speaking at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2004). “Feedback on evaluations from subsystem and system suppliers and service providers alike has been excellent.”


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