Network Elements offers new 10 Gigabit 300-pin optical networking module

Aug. 29, 2001--Network Elements, Inc., a provider of high-speed ONM modules, announced the 10 Gigabit MiniPHY-300 optical networking module for use in DWDM, SONET, 10 Gb/s Ethernet MAN, LAN and WAN, and optical switching applications.

Network Elements, Inc., a provider of high-speed ONM modules, announced the 10 Gigabit (Gb/s) MiniPHY-300 optical networking module for use in DWDM, SONET, 10 Gb/s Ethernet (GbE) MAN, LAN and WAN, and optical switching applications. As the newest member of Network Elements' family of reduced form factor (MiniPHY) modules, the MiniPHY-300 provides the next advancement in physical layer optical networking performance; featuring ultra-low power consumption (4W), a transmit reference clock jitter filter and small form factor.

The MiniPHY-300's highly integrated design allows a reduction of up to 50 percent of the board space demanded by alternative 300-pin subsystems. Network equipment providers (NEPs) can use the MiniPHY 300 to develop higher density switch routers, edge equipment, campus backbone switches, servers, and aggregators.

Network Elements' highly integrated modules are comprised of optics, high-speed electronics and software, giving equipment providers a complete system for physical layer connectivity. This combination offers more than hardware-centric transponders by providing users with software to easily monitor and adjust physical layer functionality.

The MiniPHY-300's extremely low power dissipation (4W) allows network equipment providers to integrate multiple 10 Gb/s channels on a single-slot line card. Higher density is key to our customers who are designing switch routers, edge equipment, campus backbone switches, servers, and aggregators. Packaged in a finless, compact casing, the MiniPHY-300 is unobstructed by traditional heat sink fins. This casing allows network equipment designers to implement omni-directional cooling around the module for easier integration into the host system.

Equipped with the MiniPHY-300 ONM module, NEPs can now reduce the development time and cost of higher density systems. The MiniPHY-300 features an MSA-300 pin compatible connector and optional transmit reference clock jitter filter -- allowing users to operate at line rates of 9.95 Gb/s to 10.7 Gb/s. The unique jitter filter design allows users to operate at different rates without ordering rate specific modules. Measuring just 3.0" x 2.2" x 0.5", the MiniPHY-300 module features identical dimensions for both jitter filter and non-jitter filter configurations.

Network Elements' MiniPHY-300 has a standard I2C bus with an integrated microprocessor for pure digital control. This allows for digital measurement of systems conditions that are more accurate and easier to adjust than analog readings. Items such as loss of signal, laser temperature, laser bias, and receiver power can be easily recognized and adjusted through user-defined parameters. Network Elements' comprehensive set of Application Program Interface (API) routines can be integrated into system-level software giving users immediate visibility into physical layer conditions. In addition, the API features advanced programming alarms that indicate when module parameters exceed a specified minimum or maximum value.

The MiniPHY-300 provides a 16-bit parallel Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) interface using an MSA-300 compatible 300-pin connector, with an optical link distance up to 2 km. The module performs optical-to-electrical and electrical-to-optical conversion; clock/data recovery; transmit clock frequency multiplication; de-serialization and serialization. It is jitter compliant to Bellcore GR-253, and compliant with ITU G.691 and OIF SFI-4 standards. The MiniPHY-300 ONM module is fully tested and designed for easy, configurable integration in a variety of networks.

The 10 Gb/s MiniPHY-300 is priced at $5,000 per module in quantity. The MiniPHY-300 is now available for sampling.

About Network Elements:

Network Elements is a privately held company headquartered in Beaverton, OR. For more information, visit www.nei.com.

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