40-Gig Transponder MSA Announced

Agere, Agilent, Alcatel, Ericsson, ExceLight, JDSU, Mitsubishi, NEC, OpNext announce a multisource agreement for 40-Gbit/s transponders

October 1, 2001

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AMSTERDAM -- ECOC 2001 -- Agere Systems, Agilent Technologies, Alcatel Optronics, Ericsson Microelectronics, ExceLight Communications, JDS Uniphase, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC and OpNext today announced the formation of a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for 40 gigabit per second (Gb/s) transponder modules used in fiber optic telecommunications networks. With this agreement, system makers can benefit from a unified form factor and electrical and functional characteristics to be offered by the leading providers of 40Gb/s transponders.Under the terms of the agreement, transponders from all of the signatories will conform to and be verified against a specified set of physical, electrical and functional requirements. Further, the agreement allows for a common transponder design platform to address the needs of very short reach, short reach, intermediate reach and long reach networks. Transponder products are expected on the market in the 2003-2005 timeframe. JDS Uniphase Inc.

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