Mintera Ships 40-Gig

Mintera exits stealth mode, announcing its first product line -- the MI 40000 for migration to 40 Gbit/s -- and its strategy roadmap

October 6, 2003

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LOWELL, Mass. -- Mintera Corporation, the technology leader enabling the migration to 40G optical transport in metro-core, regional, long-haul, and ultra-long-haul optical networks, today announced its first product line, the MI 40000.

"Extending the useful life of existing networks by 2-3 years and preparing for the deployment of next-generation networks in the second half of this decade implies that during 2004 and 2005 carriers will be pursuing 40G trials and research and development work. Early adopters will deploy 40G networks in this period, often as an overlay to existing infrastructure. Mintera, with products ready for deployment today, is the company to turn to when you need help in migrating to 40G" said Menachem Abraham, Mintera's Chairman and CEO. "In addition to a unique product architecture tailored for this mission, we provide consulting services, giving you access to our experienced optical systems engineers," added Dr. Benny Mikkelsen, Mintera's Vice President of Systems and Technology.

"Adding 40G services to an existing 10G network without a fork-lift upgrade should be appealing to the carriers", said Michael Howard, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research, Inc. "Mintera has identified today's real 40G market: we believe that their evolutionary approach and investment in tools enabling the migration to 40G is a very solid strategy" he added.

Mintera's MI 40000 product-set is being introduced this week in Japan by Net One Systems at a private conference and trade show attended by its customers. "The MI 40000 is unique in its capabilities and we are very excited to introduce it this week in Tokyo" said Yoshiaki Kobayashi, Managing Director of Net One's product management group and a member of Net One's Board of Directors.

Widespread deployment of broadband in the last mile, along with emerging enterprise applications such as remote disaster recovery data centers, storage networking over optical, grid computing and advanced scientific research and government applications, will generate massive traffic increases over backbone networks in the coming years. Core WAN routers, Ethernet switch routers, optical cross-connects and optical transport equipment will need to support data rates higher than 10G. Already today, market leaders in core routing are field-testing 40G interfaces on their high-end products, and government and research networks running at 40 Gb/s are being planned for 2004 deployment.

Mintera's MI 40000 modular architecture addresses the following market requirements:

  • Plug and play operation on existing 10G long haul optical transport line systems

  • Plug and play operation on dark fiber in regional network applications

  • Serve as an alternative in cases where WDM of lower speed services is not a good fit due to total solution cost or performance

  • Support a rich variety of service interfaces including SONET/SDH and IP/Ethernet at various speeds up to and including 40G service

  • Small size and low entry cost

  • Scalable capacity by stacking of identical small boxes and simple management of the stack

  • Software control and management interfaces supporting integration into customer's network management system.

  • Enable research and development labs at the carriers, systems suppliers, components manufacturers, research institutes and universities to experiment with 40G transmission at an affordable cost



Mintera has already booked orders for its products and services. The following products are available now:

  • MI 40000 - micro-chassis platform

  • MI4010S - 40G multiplexer and transponder module for the MI 40000 supporting 4 x 10G SONET/SDH service on a 40G long haul wave

  • LEM, SLEM, WLEM - distance and capacity extension modules for the MI 40000

  • MI-Manager - Element Management System for the MI 40000



Mintera will exhibit these products at the Next Generation Networks conference at the Marriott Copley Place hotel in Boston, Massachusetts on November 4 and 5, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Mintera's Chairman and CEO Menachem Abraham will present a corporate briefing at the same venue on November 5 at 6:15 pm in the Simmons room.

The following products will be available in Q1 2004:

  • MI-T4300E - 43 Gb/s Bit Error Rate test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with electrical interfaces

  • MI-T4300P - 43 Gb/s Bit Error Rate test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with optical interfaces

  • MI-T4300EP - 43 Gb/s Bit Error Rates test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with electrical and optical interfaces



Mintera's 43 Gb/s test and measurement modules offer an advanced feature-set in a small footprint and at low cost. MI 40000 solutions prices start at $150,000. For detailed product information please visit our web site at www.mintera.com.

Additional products to be introduced in 2004 include: (i) MI4010E - 40G transport module for the MI 40000 supporting 4 x 10G Ethernet LAN services on a 40G long haul wave; (ii) MI4040S - 40G transport module for the MI 40000 supporting 1 x 40G service on a 40G long haul wave; (iii) MI4025S - 40G transport module for the MI 40000 supporting 16 x 2.5G SONET/SDH services on a 40G long haul wave.

"Mintera is committed to advancing the state of the art in ultra-high-speed transmission, as demonstrated by the multiple world records achieved and the products introduced. The company is committed to deliver solutions that preserve existing investments in optical transport infrastructure while providing a smooth path for thorough evaluation of 40G technology and its cost-effective addition to currently deployed networks" said Dr. Pavel Mamyshev, Mintera's Chief Scientist and Vice President.

In addition to the performance benefits resulting from increased backbone speed, systems based on 40 Gigabits per second technology reduce total network equipment cost as well as the cost of installation, operations and maintenance. Higher bit rates support more services with less equipment, allow faster service turn-up, occupy less space, consume less power and have higher availability.

Mintera Corp.

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