Drop cable air-assist system
The AT 410 drop cable air-assist system is designed to quickly and efficiently install flat and round optical fiber and copper drop cables for residential and commercial FTTH and broadband applications. The drop air-assist system eliminates the need for pull tapes and ropes to install drop cable. While most drop services can be hand-pulled, the new system uses compressed air and an inflatable carrier, in combination with a standard wire or synthetic mesh grip, to pull the drop cable into the duct from the curb to the premises, providing quick installation of nonconnector and preconnector type drop cables using the air-pulling force of the inflatable carrier into ducts up to 1,000 ft. The system is available as a kit and is designed to work with most utility compressors 50 cfm or larger in ducts ranging from Â½ inch to 1Â¼ inches.
ARNCO Corp., www.arncocorp.com
V-Linx Spool & Play Solution for fiber-to-the-multiple-dwelling-unit (MDU) deployments has been developed as a part of the Access ADVANTAGE FTTH System. The V-Linx line of components can speed and simplify fiber installation with a bend-optimized optical path in typical low-, medium-, or high-rise MDUs and may reduce both labor cost and space by up to 50%. Four components flexibly adapt to nearly any MDU environment in both existing and new buildings, and all can be quickly deployed and connected in a plug-and-play manner: EZ-Plug FDH, EZ-Spool combiner, EZ-Spool terminal, and EZ-Reach drop assemblies. All V-Linx components are enabled by proprietary AllWave FLEX ZWP fiber, the industryâ��s first bend-optimized singlemode ZWP fiber.
The COYOTE splice tray with LITE-GRIP technology enables installers to organize, secure, and protect bare fiber and splices, minimizing the potential for damage and reducing labor time and cost. The trayâ��s design features LITE-GRIP retention sleeves to secure bare fiber entering the tray; LITE-GRIP splice blocks to secure and protect fiber splices from movement and vibration; and LITE-GRIP ribbon managers to help organize fiber bundles within fiber storage compartments. The components eliminate the need for tie wraps. They accommodate single buffer tube, multiple buffer tube, and pigtail grip configurations, and are color coded to help identify and manage central office and field fiber. Soft component materials ensure that fiber is not over-compressed during installation or adjustment.
Preformed Line Products, www.preformed.com/communications
An 864-port crossconnect OSP cabinet, part of the FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Platform, allows technicians to deploy fibers in increments of 12 in a field-defined feeder/distribution ratio, enabling the user to incrementally add fibers as needed and alter the ratio as field conditions warrant. This cabinet is easily adapted to the needs of fiber deployment for telecommunications and cable TV, as well as interconnection requirements of a business/premises project. The crossconnect cabinet can later be converted to a PON cabinet or a Clearfield PON cabinet can be converted to the crossconnect version. Each cabinet has been designed and field tested to maximize bend radius protection, connector access, ease of routing, and physical protection of the fibers.
Clearfield Inc. (formerly APA Cables & Networks), www.clearfieldconnection.com
The FutureFLEX Air-blown Fiber (ABF) infrastructure product line now includes 24-fiber bundles, increasing capacity in each pathway by 33% for enterprise networks. The new fiber bundle also reduces labor time by eliminating an extra step in the fiber installation process. As ABF typically requires one-tenth the time and cost for fiber installation or any network moves, adds, or changes when compared to a traditional fiber-optic infrastructure, the introduction of the new fiber bundle further reduces costs. Unlike conventional cabling systems, fiber bundles blown out can be reused in other parts of the network, preserving the enterpriseâ��s fiber investment. Since fiber upgrades require no construction work associated with â��pullingâ�� fiber, there is no disruption to operations or the facility.
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, www.sumitomoelectric.com
Fiber Manager is designed to allow technicians to quickly and intuitively create, connect, and manage fiber-optic systems within a geographic information system (GIS). The product comes with an integrated toolset that provides users with editing, connectivity, analysis, and reporting capabilities. Fiber Manager is sold as an extension to the ArcFM Solution, which allows users to manage and maintain facility network data in an ESRI ArcGIS environment. Users can use the Connection Manager to perform splices between individual fibers in a splice enclosure, connections to the back of patch panel ports, jumper connections between ports on patch panels, connections to ports on optical devices such as media converters and routers, and splices or connections to FTTH/FTTX splitters in the field.
Telvent Miner & Miner, www.telvent.com/miner
OTDR for FTTX and access networks
The MTS/T-BERD 6000 LITE is a highly integrated, nonmodular, compact optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) suited for the construction, fault location, and troubleshooting/maintenance of FTTX and access networks, exceeding Telcordia GR-196-CORE specifications. The OTDR troubleshoots any event that can degrade fiber link quality using proprietary, one-key functionality that reportedly pinpoints any fault on the network in a fraction of a second with highly accurate distance testing. It also detects any fiber bending in the network and improves response rate with an instantaneous traffic detection function. The device will be marketed as the T-BERD 6000 LITE in North America and the MTS-6000 LITE throughout Europe, Asia, and other regions.
The SunSet MTT-30Z Fibre Channel Module is reportedly the first handheld system to support 1-, 2-, and 4-Gbit Fibre Channel testing with full port login of switch fabric. The MTT-30Z offers a full suite of tests making it suitable for validating the transport FTTX backbone used to supply storage area network (SAN) services. The compact field unit provides traffic generation and measurements to help verify end-to-end transport of Fibre Channel, ESCON, and FICON and to determine throughput and link initialization. The unitâ��s BER test, roundtrip delay, bandwidth sweep, and RFC2544-like automatic testing ensure quick and accurate measurement and diagnosis of SAN service performance and quality.
Sunrise Telecom, www.sunrisetelecom.com
The BERTScope digital communications receiver with jitter analysis (DCRj) is the first 10-Gbit/sec telecom jitter system to test device compliance and show the full 80-MHz spectrum to precisely see and troubleshoot device behavior. The DCRj is a standalone jitter measurement system with built-in compliant clock recovery that also provides OC-192/STM-64 and 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) reference receiver capability to the BERTScope series of analyzers and third-party instruments used for transmitter compliance. Offering broad wavelength coverage, the system has an amplified receiver for testing singlemode or multimode transmitters. The DCRj complements the BERTScope to enable jitter transfer and jitter tolerance measurements, providing the complete suite of telecom jitter measurements.
Synthesys Research, www.bertscope.com
The Series 3700 system switch/multimeter and plug-in card family, a next-generation platform of switching and integrated digital multimeter (DMM) test products, offers high-quality, instrument-grade switching for a variety of applications, including high-channel-count applications, with its ability to control up to 576 multiplexer channels in a six-slot, 2-U form factor. Four different mainframe options are available. The Series 3700 incorporates proprietary Test Script Processor (TSP) technology for creating test scripts that are embedded in and executed within the instrument. The system switch/multimeter is the first LXI Class B compliant system switch on the market. It includes a 10/100MBase-T Ethernet connection, LAN-based instrument triggering, and precision time protocol (PTP) synchronization for consistent time stamping and event coordination.
Keithley Instruments Inc., www.keithley.com
The Optical Vector Analyzer (OVA) ELp characterizes the polarization properties of fiber-optic components for high-speed optical networks. The OVA ELp provides accuracy and resolution in a single sweep of a tunable laser and offers a dynamic range in excess of 50 dB. The analyzer is targeted for loss and polarization characterization of passive optical components in the S, C, and L bands and ports easily from the lab to the manufacturing floor. When used in conjunction with an external tunable laser, the system quickly and accurately measures critical component performance indicators such as insertion loss, polarization-dependent loss, polarization-mode dispersion (PMD), second-order PMD, Jones matrix elements, TE/TM loss, and time domain or filter impulse information. The system also features an upgrade path.
Luna Technologies, www.lunainnovations.com
Optical node receiver
The Model OTPN-MDN-870 Advanced CATV Mini-Node has a wide optical input range from â��8 to +4.5 dBm and a high RF output (+38 dBm per channel). The link accommodates up to 110 cable TV channels. The compact optical node receiver can be ordered to include an integral return path transmitter with 1,310-nm, 1,550-nm, and CWDM wavelength options. Standard connectors are SC/APC; FC/APC connectors may also be ordered. Advanced design features include a digitally adjustable attenuator and equalizer, eliminating the need to open the unit and exchange PADS and EQs. When used with Olsonâ��s Model OTOT-870 CATV transmitter, the Mini-Node creates a high-performance, cost-effective, cable-TV fiber-optic distribution system.
Olson Technology Inc., www.olsontech.com
A 48-channel arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) covers all channels in the C-band with 100-GHz spacing, so it can serve as a universal AWG. This product allows users to consolidate systems that traditionally use different channel plans, according to the company. Targeting fiber to the home (FTTH), the company will focus on industry migration from 40-channel thermal AWGs to the 48-channel product.
Ignis Photonyx, www.ignis.com
Tunable transponder technology is moving from conventional 4-inch to smaller 3-inch MSA designs with higher integration density, which reduces space allocation and optical system cost. The newest lithium niobate (LiNbO3) XS-modulator platform achieves the same performance and reliability standards as the F10 product family, enabling 3-inch MSA transponders with high performance. In a compact design measuring 48 mm in package length, the modulator offers excellent electro-optic performance, low drive voltage, and low insertion loss. The small-form-factor modulator platform will support a variety of formats including optical duobinary, DPSK, and RZ.
Avanex Corp., www.avanex.com
The recently introduced MicroWSS 2x1 switch, based on a proprietary liquid-crystal optical processor, offers cost and performance advantages for two-degree ROADM nodes that are not supported with current wavelength-selective switch (WSS) architectures. As a three-port DWDM device, it can select any combination of wavelengths from an input port and an add port and direct these to a common output port, as well as individually equalize the optical power of each outgoing wavelength. Advanced modular free space optics enable virtually unlimited cascading.
The 650 Series MicroTCA chassis is engineered for economical connectivity. An innovative power supply configuration reduces the cost of the chassis to half that of comparable products. The chassis, offered in a 2-U, 19-inch rack mount configuration, features a single 6HP MicroTCA Carrier Hub and a 12-node backplane. The backplane supports a range of customizable configurations for full- and half-height Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) slots.
Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions, www.gavazzi-computing.com
Compact optical line terminal
The compact optical line terminal (COLT) is the latest addition to the Trident7 product line. The Trident7 COLT is reportedly the industryâ��s only temperature-hardened OLT requiring only 2 RU of space, allowing network operators to deploy the COLT in inexpensive, non-climate controlled field cabinets to serve small pockets of up to 256 subscribers, assuming typical 32-way PON splits. The OLT can be deployed up to 70 km away from either a Trident7 Universal OLT or third-party multilayer switch in a central office or headend and can also extend network reach and push resiliency closer to the network edge. Trident7 is capable of delivering standards-based IEEE 802.3 GEPON (EFM PON) and ITU G.984 GPON triple-play services from a common platform.
Wave7 Optics, www.wave7optics.com