There’s plenty of wide open spaces. In other words, there’s hardly any visitors -- fewer than 1,000 have registered for the exhibit only, according to the organizer -- and there’s virtually no security preventing folk from walking off with examples of the latest developments in optical technology.
The show is also spookily silent. There are none of the dancers and jugglers found at U.S. shows, and (thank Heavens) the organizer hasn’t repeated last year’s deafening broadcasts telling journalists to get on over to Booth X to witness a new product announcement (see ECOC Show Report).
All the same, some of the developments on show are definitely worthy of note. Here are the ones that have piqued our interest so far:
Gigatera’s development is being demonstrated at the Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) booth. The demo makes use of Agilent’s recently launched optical sampling oscilloscope, which is worth taking a closer look at anyhow, because it represents a significant leap forward in digital communication analyzer techynology.
Lynx is showing how these switches can help carriers cut costs by enabling one line card to be used as a backup for four line cards in an XDM platform from Lightscape Networks Ltd. The live demo also features the use of tunable lasers from Agility Communications Inc. in Lightscape’s equipment (see Clouds Lift on Tunable Lasers).
These include a number of transceivers -- the hottest market segment for JDSU at present, according to Gerald Gottheil, the company's director of marketing communications. Indeed, JDSU's revenues for transceiver products have grown quarter over quarter recently, despite the fact that revenues have declined overall. New 10-Gbit/s transceiver products included small form-factor versions of 300-pin modules for short and intermediate reach (SR and IR) Sonet applications; and a Xenpak module, a product coming out of JDSU's acquisition of IBM Corp.'s (NYSE: IBM) enterprise transceiver division earlier this year. JDSU also introduced a 24-channel tunable transmitter: A complete set of spares for the C-band requires only four of these devices.
— Pauline Rigby, Senior Editor, and Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading