Paves the way for optical channel monitoring to be widely deployed in existing equipment

August 28, 2000

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BILLERICA, Mass. -- AXSUN Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of Agile Photonic Subsystems, today announced the first in a series of product families based on its photonic hybrid integration platform. In a footprint smaller than a business card, the AXSUNTM Optical Channel Monitor (OCM) provides the performance of a laboratory class optical spectrum analyzer. This breakthrough subsystem establishes a new industry benchmark for performance and functional density, consuming less than one-tenth the real estate of OCM solutions based on bulk optics.

The AXSUN universal photonic integration packaging platform demonstrates this dramatic improvement in functional density, cost and scalability of manufacturing, while maintaining the highest level of performance. The compact size of the AXSUN OCM empowers Optical Networking equipment and service providers to embed this function within existing network elements, which will allow wide-scale deployment of distributed network monitoring in the metropolitan and core optical networks.

The AXSUN OCM monitors the signal integrity of optical networks to facilitate network fault management and the routing of light paths. Typical applications for the OCM include power balancing, EDFA gain tilt monitoring, new system commissioning and transmitter wavelength locking.

"The task of monitoring multiple optical channels becomes increasingly difficult as optical networks expand in capacity and complexity," stated Dr. Dale Flanders, President and CEO of AXSUN Technologies "The AXSUN OCM enables system and service providers to embed this critical function within network elements, without consuming precious additional real estate."

AXSUN Technologies will begin shipping samples of the OCM to select customers in September, 2000, and plans production of several optical monitor products in the first quarter of 2001. The first of AXSUN's family of network monitoring products will be demonstrated at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (Booth #116) in Denver, CO on August 28-30, 2000.

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