Lumentis doubles Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet for CWDM

19 June 2003 Stockholm Lightwave -- Optical transport equipment provider Lumentis has announced a major addition to its Mentis platform that offers CWDM, DWDM, and SONET/SDH transport in a single system. In addition to the already released single-slot CWDM 4-channel transponder and the CWDM SDH/SONET Muxponder board, Lumentis can now offer its customers two new single-slot transponder boards that aggregate Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet signals into 2.5-Gbit/sec CWDM wavelengths.

19 June 2003 Stockholm Lightwave -- Optical transport equipment provider Lumentis has announced a major addition to its Mentis platform that offers CWDM, DWDM, and SONET/SDH transport in a single system. In addition to the already released single-slot CWDM 4-channel transponder and the CWDM SDH/SONET Muxponder board, Lumentis can now offer its customers two new single-slot transponder boards that aggregate Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet signals into 2.5-Gbit/sec CWDM wavelengths.

"The vast majority of customers is running their traffic over standard fiber and they are in practice restricted to eight wavelengths when using CWDM," explains Ulf Persson, director of systems and network design at Lumentis. "We can now offer them a lower channel cost as well as doubled capacity up to 16 channels for GbE and Fibre Channel traffic. This opens up new possibilities in the SAN and enterprise market segments as we further remove cost as well as capacity restrictions for these applications," he adds.

Further valuable benefits for the customers such as performance monitoring and extra data channels are included in the new CWDM transponder boards--resulting in improved quality-of-service as well as further cost savings in infrastructure for network management, say company representatives.

The Lumentis platform consists of four elements: CWDM, DWDM, SONET/SDH MuxFeeder, and a network management component that offers easy integration to any existing management system. Due to the elimination of amplifiers and the portfolio of single-slot, plug-in boards, Lumentis claims it is the first to feature a true all-in-one optical transport platform where each deployed link will always have the best price-performance without additional overhead costs.

For CWDM applications, the Mentis all-in-one system can carry up to eight wavelengths on one fiber pair. For DWDM applications, up to 40 wavelengths are possible on one fiber pair. Both applications can be mixed on the same fiber pair and each wavelength can be aggregated channels.

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