Mintera exits stealth mode, announcing 40-Gbit/sec products and roadmap

7 October 2003 Lowell, MA--Mintera Corp., a startup developing optical transport and test products to enable the migration to 40-Gbit/sec in metro-core, regional, long-haul, and ultra-long-haul optical networks, today announced its first product line, the MI 40000.

Oct 7th, 2003

7 October 2003 Lowell, MA--Mintera Corp., a startup developing optical transport and test products to enable the migration to 40-Gbit/sec in metro-core, regional, long-haul, and ultra-long-haul optical networks, today announced its first product line, the MI 40000. Initial products include the MI 40000 micro-chassis platform, the MI4010S 40-Gbit/sec multiplexer and transponder module supporting 4 x 10 Gbit/sec SONET/SDH service on a 40-Gbit/sec long haul wavelength; LEM, SLEM, WLEM distance and capacity extension modules, and the MI-Manager Element Management System. Additional 40-Gbit/sec test and measurement products will be released in the first quarter of 2004. Mintera's MI 40000 product set is being introduced this week in Japan by Net One Systems at a private conference and trade show attended by its customers.

"Extending the useful life of existing networks by 2-3 years and preparing for the deployment of next-generation networks in the second half of this decade implies that during 2004 and 2005 carriers will be pursuing 40-Gbit/sec trials and research and development work," says Menachem Abraham, Mintera's chairman and CEO. "Early adopters will deploy 40-Gbit/sec networks in this period, often as an overlay to existing infrastructure. Mintera, with products ready for deployment today, is the company to turn to when you need help in migrating to 40 Gbits/sec." In addition to a unique product architecture, the company is also providing consulting services.

"Adding 40-Gbit/sec services to an existing 10-Gbit/sec network without a fork-lift upgrade should be appealing to the carriers," said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "Mintera has identified today's real 40-Gbit/sec market: we believe that their evolutionary approach and investment in tools enabling the migration to 40 Gbits/sec is a very solid strategy," he added.

Widespread deployment of broadband in the last mile, along with emerging enterprise applications such as remote disaster recovery data centers, storage networking over optical, grid computing and advanced scientific research and government applications, will generate massive traffic increases over backbone networks in the coming years. Core WAN routers, Ethernet switch routers, optical crossconnects and optical transport equipment will need to support data rates higher than 10 Gbits/sec. Already today, market leaders in core routing are field-testing 40-Gbit/sec interfaces on their high-end products, and government and research networks running at 40 Gbits/sec are being planned for 2004 deployment.

Mintera's MI 40000 modular architecture addresses the following market requirements:

• Plug and play operation on existing 10-Gbit/sec long haul optical transport line systems,
• Plug and play operation on dark fiber in regional network applications,
• Serves as an alternative in cases where WDM of lower speed services is not a good fit due to total solution cost or performance,
• Supports a rich variety of service interfaces including SONET/SDH and IP/Ethernet at various speeds up to and including 40-Gbit/sec service,
• Small size and low entry cost,
• Scalable capacity by stacking of identical small boxes and simple management of the stack,
• Software control and management interfaces supporting integration into customer's network management system,
• Enables research and development labs at the carriers, systems suppliers, components manufacturers, research institutes and universities to experiment with 40-Gbit/sec transmission at an affordable cost.

The initial products are available 90 days after receipt of order. The following products will be available in Q1 2004:

• MI-T4300E, a 43-Gbit/sec Bit Error Rate test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with electrical interfaces;
• MI-T4300P, a 43-Gbit/sec Bit Error Rate test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with optical interfaces; and the
• MI-T4300EP, a 43-Gbit/sec Bit Error Rates test and measurement module for the MI 40000, with electrical and optical interfaces.

Mintera's 43-Gbit/sec test and measurement modules offer an advanced feature-set in a small footprint and at low cost. MI 40000 solutions prices start at $150,000.

Additional products to be introduced in 2004 include: (i) MI4010E 40-Gbit/sec transport module supporting 4 x 10-Gbit/sec Ethernet LAN services on a 40-Gbit/sec long haul wavelength; (ii) MI4040S 40-Gbit/sec transport module supporting 1 x 40-Gbit/sec service on a 40-Gbit/sec long haul wavelength; (iii) MI4025S 40-Gbit/sec transport module for the MI 40000 supporting 16 x 2.5 Gbit/sec SONET/SDH services on a 40-Gbit/sec long haul wavelength.

"Mintera is committed to advancing the state of the art in ultra-high-speed transmission, as demonstrated by the multiple world records achieved and the products introduced," says Dr. Pavel Mamyshev, Mintera's chief scientist and vice president. "The company is committed to deliver solutions that preserve existing investments in optical transport infrastructure while providing a smooth path for thorough evaluation of 40-Gbit/sec technology and its cost-effective addition to currently deployed networks."

In addition to the performance benefits resulting from increased backbone speed, systems based on 40-Gbit/sec technology reduce total network equipment cost as well as the cost of installation, operations and maintenance. Higher bit rates support more services with less equipment, allow faster service turn-up, occupy less space, consume less power and have higher availability.

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