ColorChip releases new Meteor transceivers

JANUARY 16, 2008 -- ColorChip, a developer and provider of fiber-optic components based on PLC technology, announced today the release of two new transceivers in the Meteor line for the FTTH market.

JANUARY 16, 2008 -- ColorChip (search for ColorChip), a developer and provider of fiber-optic components based on PLC technology, announced today the release of two new transceivers in the Meteor line for the FTTH market.

The Meteor III GEPON (search for GEPON) PX10 triplexer features a high-performance digital receiver sensitivity at a minimum -26.5 dBm and a video PIN-based receiver optimized for reception of up to 870 MHz analog video signals with minimal CNR of 46 dB.

"ColorChip has found a market need for GEPON transceivers with a 1,550 nm video overlay requirement," says chief exectuive officer Moshe Price of the Meteor III triplexer transceiver, "and since ColorChip has developed a high-performance video overlay solution for the BPON and GPON, it is only natural for us to provide a product for the GEPON market."

The Meteor II GPON (search for GPON transceiver) Class A+ diplexer transceiver includes a Fabry Perot (FP) laser, with a typical output power of +1 dBm and a receiver with a typical sensitivity of -25 dBm, for a downstream bit rate of 2.488 Gbits/sec and an upstream bit rate of 1.244 Gbits/sec.

Jaime Reloj, vice president, sales, says that the Meteor II's 10-km reach "fits a need in densely populated metropolitan areas that don't have a real need for a costly long-reach transceivers. The evolving Asia markets are good areas for this application. By utilizing this transceiver, a GPON network can be implemented at significantly lower cost due to the decreased cost in the transceiver for the [optical network terminal]."

ColorChip's transceivers are based on the proprietary SystemOnGlass (SOG) concept. The company claims SOG simplifies the design and manufacturing process compared to traditional bulk optic solutions. The additional video overlay channel is integrated into the PLC chip, creating a performance and cost advantage over conventional bulk optics.


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