MARCH 8, 2010 -- High-speed optical components companies Picometrix LLC, an Advanced Photonix company (NYSE Amex: API), and u2t Photonics AG have completed the Compact Coherent Receiver (CCRx) multisource agreement (MSA). The MSA aims to define an industry standard, cost-effective form factor for coherent fiber-optic receivers for use in both 100G and 40G dual polarization quadrature phase-shift keying (DP-QPSK) telecommunication systems.
The MSA provides the receiver form factor, pin function definitions, pin locations, and functionality in a compact optical receiver package designed to enable rapid product development and ease of component procurement for optical transponder and line-card manufacturers.
The two companies first announced their intention to create such an MSA last September (see "Optical receiver manufacturers announce 100G MSA").
The MSA is now open to component manufacturers interested in joining the CCRx MSA. MSA committee members will be available for scheduled meetings with interested parties at the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference in San Diego, CA at the end of March. Interested parties should contact the MSA committee through the website www.ccrx-msa.org.
"The release of the CCRx MSA represents a significant milestone to help assist our customers' rapid development and deployment of emerging 100-Gbps and 40-Gbps line-side equipment," said the MSA Committee. "Our goal is to enable cost-effective, high-performance components, initially for 100G applications and then subsequently for 40G coherent applications."
Picometrix and u2t are both contributing members of the 100G Long Distance DWDM Integrated Photonics working group within the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). The MSA is intended to be compatible with any forthcoming OIF 100G optical receiver implementation agreement.
Both companies will be exhibiting at OFC/NFOEC, the world's largest optical communications event, in San Diego, California from March 23-25, 2010. Each company will have their CCRx MSA products on display, Picometrix in booth #921 and u2t in booth #1312.
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