Ignis Optics and AMCC to push XFP to 120 km at SuperComm

30 May 2003 San Jose, CA, May 30, 2003--Ignis Optics and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) will demonstrate a 10-Gbit/sec optical link extending 120 km using an XFP small form-factor pluggable transceiver. The demonstration will feature an XFP module containing a cooled electro-absorption modulated laser (EML) operating at a wavelength of 1550 nm.

May 30th, 2003

30 May 2003 San Jose, CA, May 30, 2003--Ignis Optics and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) will demonstrate a 10-Gbit/sec optical link extending 120 km using an XFP small form-factor pluggable transceiver. The demonstration will feature an XFP module containing a cooled electro-absorption modulated laser (EML) operating at a wavelength of 1550 nm.

The XFP is an ultra-small 10-Gbit/sec optical transceiver module that was standardized by the XFP Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) Group to help lower the costs of 10-Gbit/sec optical networking applications. Because XFP modules are hot-pluggable while an optical networking system is in service, they simplify upgrade and maintenance activities and therefore lower operating costs for carriers. For example, as connectivity requirements change, an XFP module designed for a 10-km link may be removed and a similar module designed for an 80-km link may be inserted into the same socket without taking the overall system out of service.

During the demonstration, a 10-Gbit/sec optical signal will be transmitted over 120 km of singlemode fiber containing an optical amplifier. At the receive end, any accumulated chromatic dispersion in the fiber link will be corrected by AMCC's electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) technology. No optical pre-distortion will be required, say the companies.

"We are excited to be demonstrating Ignis Optics' XFP modules with our silicon signal conditioning technology. The combination embodies an extremely powerful solution for system manufacturers in simplifying their system designs, and for their customers in streamlining their operational logistics," said Brent Little, AMCC's senior vice president of marketing.

Michael Lebby, Ignis Optics's CEO, noted, "Demonstrations like these highlight the rapid and complementary advances that are occurring in optical and silicon technologies."

This demonstration may be seen at AMCC's Booth #21447 at SuperComm '03, June 3-5 at the World Georgia Congress Center, Atlanta, GA.

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