Essex, Fiberspace, and Opticalis collaborate on Ultra-Dense WDM

July 24, 2002--Essex Corp., Fiberspace, Inc., and Opticalis Inc. have completed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to co-market their technologies: patent-pending hyperfine WDM from Essex, patented Gridlocker from Fiberspace, and patent-pending Super Wavelength Creator from Opticalis.

Essex Corp., Fiberspace, Inc., and Opticalis Inc. have completed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to co-market their technologies: patent-pending hyperfine WDM from Essex, patented Gridlocker from Fiberspace, and patent-pending Super Wavelength Creator from Opticalis. An Essex and Fiberspace co-marketing agreement was announced earlier this year.

The companies will synchronize their marketing efforts and collaborate on joint presentations, integrated demonstrations, and co-authored technical papers. A live demonstration of all three technologies working together as an Ultra-Dense WDM (UWDM) system will occur at the National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference (NFOEC) in Dallas, Texas, September 16-18, 2002.

UWDM is a next-generation optical network that promises to enable more revenue-generating wavelengths per fiber without significant new capital expenditures, claim the companies. Hyperfine WDM technology is the enabling optical filter that transmits and receives closely spaced wavelengths. Gridlocker is a tunable DFB laser that generates the ultrastable wavelengths required for narrow channel spacings. And instead of using one laser per wavelength, Super Wavelength Creator generates multiple narrow spaced wavelengths from a single laser.

"Opticalis and Fiberspace share our vision to deliver lower cost all-optical networks using hyperfine WDM," contends Len Moodispaw, chief executive officer of Essex. "The synergy of these three technologies make Ultra-Dense WDM viable for long-haul and metro core applications, where multiple narrow channels simplify network architectures without the dispersion problems of 40 Gbits/sec, and also as an economical solution for the emerging metro and access markets."

For more information about Essex Corp. (Columbia, MD), visit the company's Web site at www.essexcorp.com. Additional information about Fiberspace Inc. (Woodland Hills, CA), can be found on the Web at www.fiberspace.net. For more information about Opticalis (Center Valley, PA) and its products, go to www.opticalis.com.


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