Lynx Unveils Switch Line
The Photon.XX family of switch arrays come in four configurations, including a 1x2:8, 1x2:16, 2x2:8 and 2x2:16. Built-in versatility also allows the 1x2 arrays to be configured as 2x1 arrays.
Similar to the previously announced Photon.8x8ä all-optical switch, key features of the new arrays include lightning reconfiguration time of less than 2ms, dynamic power control, and weighted multicasting. For dynamic connectivity, the Photon.1x2:8ä, Photon.1x2:16ä, Photon.2x2:8ä and the Photon.2x2:16ä enable the light to be channeled from any input port to any output port. The switch arrays transparent operation allows fiber switching a group of wavelengths together (a “band”) or individual wavelengths (lambdas). In addition, a reconfiguration time of less than 2ms allows for effective restoration in case of a fiber failure.
“The Lynx Photon.8x8 offers integrated functionality within an all-optical switch module“, says Elizabeth Bruce, optical analyst at Aberdeen Group, a research firm based in Boston, MA. “Extending the product family to include switch arrays will provide network equipment vendors with a wide range of products for protection switching, OADM, and network monitoring applications.”