September 2, 2005 Lake Success, NY -- To expand and fortify the fiber network serving its large corporate campus, ATI Technologies, a Toronto-based developer of chips for graphics and digital video processing applications, has deployed Canon's Canobeam DT-100, a digital transceiver system employing free space optics (FSO) technology.
"ATI has been expanding rapidly in the last few years," explains Wasef Abu-Samra, the ATI's telecommunications manager. "We went from three buildings to five here at our headquarters, and that presented us with an aggressive timeline to link those locations with expanded bandwidth. All of the four locations on our campus need to access our data center, which is at the central office. Our network handles everything: email, engineering data, chip designs, CAD CAM files, and huge data transfers. We needed to deploy a new branch office quickly, but telco procedures, signatures, approvals, and all the other red tape needed for trenching and then ordering fiber circuits and services takes at least 60 to 90 days, which meant we'd miss our target date. We installed a Canobeam DT-120 over the course of one weekend, which never would have been possible with fiber."
According to Canon, with a built-in Auto Tracking feature, the Canobeam FSO system's optical beam axis continually self-corrects, maintaining precise, continuous, and reliable data transmission at all times, over a range of environmental conditions.