iolon Inc., Intel Corp., Bookham Technology, and Santur Corp. have joined forces to form a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for tunable lasers. The MSA is based on the Optical Internetworking Forum's (OIF) tunable laser implementation agreement (IA), published in November 2002. The OIF IA is supported by more than 20 companies, including system vendors, component manufacturers, and chip vendors.
The MSA gives system vendors increased flexibility by enabling them to source components from more than one tunable laser manufacturer. It also allows companies to streamline product designs by setting standards for functionality, size, and optical performance, resulting in faster time to market for tunable laser products and solutions.
"The OIF implementation agreement was an industry milestone in terms of uniting companies involved in different parts of tunable device development, from chip manufacturers to system vendors," explains Saeid Aramideh, vice president of product management at iolon Inc. "This MSA takes the implementation agreement to the next level. It moves the entire industry one step forward towards fully compatible tunable laser modules and ultimately tunable integrated assemblies and tunable transponders."
"The formation of this MSA signifies a major shift toward uniting the entire industry around advancing the OIF implementation agreement," adds Gary Wiseman, director of marketing, Optical Platforms Division, Intel Corp. "This benefits both the companies working on tunable laser technology, but also the carriers and equipment OEMs who will implement DWDM solutions in the near future."
Technical specifications and a full list of all companies participating in the MSA can be viewed at www.TunableLaserMSA.com.