OFS's LaserWave 550 OM4 MMF exceeds requirements of new OM4 standard

SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 -- LaserWave 550 fiber is designed to enable low-cost connectivity at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 -- OFS, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of fiber-optic network products, will exhibit its LaserWave 550 laser-optimized OM4 multimode fiber (MMF) at the BICSI Fall Conference, Sept. 20–24, 2009 in Las Vegas (Booth #313).

LaserWave 550 fiber is designed to enable low-cost connectivity at speeds up to 100 Gbps for applications including data centers, high-speed computing and supercomputing centers, local area networks (LANs), and central offices.

The fiber supports an effective modal bandwidth (EMB) of 4,700 MHz*km at 850 nm when used with 10-Gbps Ethernet compliant vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). It also supports an OFL bandwidth of 3,500 MHz*km at 850 nm and 500 MHz*km bandwidth at 1,300 nm for legacy applications.

LaserWave fiber meets and exceeds the specification requirements of both the EMBc and the more discriminating DMD mask methods for verifying EMB.

"LaserWave 550 fiber has exceeded the requirements for the new OM4 standard since we introduced the product in early 2005," says William Kloss, executive vice president of marketing and sales, North America and CALA. "With a corporate heritage that reaches back to Lucent Technologies, which developed the first OM3 fiber, and the legendary innovation record of Bell Labs, it is not surprising that OFS continues to lead the way in developing advanced fiber technologies for enterprise applications."

LaserWave 550 fiber is manufactured using OFS's modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) process. The company says its proprietary technology allows stringent control necessary to manufacture the high-bandwidth fiber without the center defect problems that can plague fibers manufactured with other processes. The fiber is protected by the company's enhanced Flex-10 coating, designed to minimize induced attenuation that can occur in tight-buffer cable.

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