September 3, 2010
For the next few months, Light Reading will be running a Next-Gen ROADM Briefing Center, a little space at http://www.lightreading.com/roadm where we'll round up all the news and information that we cover relating to that most forward-looking of optical networking endeavors.
To help get that site off to a good start, Craig Matsumoto has updated our Buzz Bin entries on two key terms:
Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS)
Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM)
Click on each linked term for a quick explanation of the technology. In the ROADM entry, you'll get a nice tour of what's been going on in ROADMs for the past few months to get you up to speed.
Of course, that's just a sampling of what's been happening. You might also scan through the fair amount of analyst commentary on optical networking trends of late. Some highlights include:
A Peek Into Infinera's PICs
Packet-Optical Transport Takes Manhattan
40G: Time for the Third-Party Candidate to Bow Out?
Evolving Packet-Optical Transport
100G Hits the Ground Running
Also, you may enjoy this walk down memory lane as we recap below some of our archived resources on the wide world of ROADMs:
Trends in Dynamic Optical Networks (2007)
Next-Gen ROADMs (2006)
Cutting Opex in Optical Networks (2006)
Who Makes What: ROADMs (2004)
Keep checking back, as we'll have much more about ROADMs to report in the days to come.
— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading
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