September 29, 2004 Fremont, CA -- Avanex Corp., provider of photonic processors that enable next-generation performance for optical communications networks, has begun commercial production and shipment of its PowerNode Flexible Optical Layer Solution.
The PowerNode platform, which Avanex showcased at OFC 2004, provides a managed solution for virtually any application or combination of applications in local access, enterprise, metro, long haul, and ultra-long haul optical networks. According to company representatives, it significantly expands the functionality of Avanex's line of network-ready optical modules and subsystems by enabling plug-and-play deployment as well as customization for a range of optical layer applications.
"The flexibility, modularity, and cost advantage of the PowerNode platform have accelerated customer acceptance and our traction in the marketplace," asserts Dr. Giovanni Barbarossa, chief technology officer and vice president, product development at Avanex. "The platform has successfully passed qualification with customers and is now deployed at multiple sites," he reports.
The PowerNode platform expands Avanex's line of network-ready solutions, which have a proven track record in field performance with major network systems providers and carriers. Its modular design enables low-cost initial deployment and scalability as system requirements increase, and it accommodates multiple applications with a small footprint.
Based on a standardized 1-RU chassis designed for both 19-inch and 23-inch racks, the PowerNode platform supports applications such as link extension; wavelength multiplexing, demultiplexing, and add/drops; dispersion compensation; optical monitoring for service-level agreement (SLA) management; and line protection switching. It also features remote in-service software upgrades and can be accessed and controlled by network management systems. In addition, the platform also provides mechanical, optical, electrical, and alarm-handling features that enable the product to operate as a standalone network element.