Startup Scintera Networks unveils 10-Gbit/sec dispersion compensation engine

2 September 2003 San Jose, CA Lightwave -- Scintera Networks introduced and announced availability today of its SCN5028 Metro single-chip Electronic Dispersion Compensation Engine (EDCE) device. The new device compensates for non-linear impairments and dispersion when transmitting data at 10 Gbits/sec over installed metro fiber infrastructure.

2 September 2003 San Jose, CA Lightwave -- Scintera Networks introduced and announced availability today of its SCN5028 Metro single-chip Electronic Dispersion Compensation Engine (EDCE) device. The new device compensates for non-linear impairments and dispersion when transmitting data at 10 Gbits/sec over installed metro fiber infrastructure. Based on Scintera's Advanced Signal-Processing Platform ASPP technology, the SCN5028 Metro EDCE device replaces expensive alternatives that require significant and costly field deployment and servicing, say company representatives.

Scintera's SCN5028 device extends typical 80-km connections to over 140 km while making optical-network deployment plug-and-play. The device allows network equipment and transponder OEMs to significantly reduce overall system costs, says the company, thanks to its ultra-small form factor and ultra-low power consumption.

Metro applications
Scintera's SCN5028 Metro EDCE device extends the reach of existing singlemode fiber connections by providing significant improvements to Optical Signal Noise Ratio (OSNR), chromatic and polarization mode dispersions. The advanced blind-adaptive EDCE technology makes for plug-and-play deployment and offers a compelling alternative to dispersion compensation fiber DCF and amplification technologies requiring expensive field serving and engineering, say Scintera representatives.

The SCN5028 metro EDCE device compensates for chromatic and polarization mode dispersion (PMD) effects thereby extending the distance of singlemode fiber transmission systems. It performs high-speed signal processing at 11.1-Gbits/sec line rate and corrects a degraded signal, which is completely unusable, to error free (e.g. <10E-12 BER) performance.

Scintera's SCN5028 metro EDCE product samples and evaluation boards are shipping now. The SCN5028A-EVAL evaluation board is priced at $4,000. The SCN5028 is packaged in a 32-pin QFN and is priced at $495 in 1,000-unit quantities.

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