JULY 14, 2009 -- MRV Communications Inc. (search Lightwave for MRV) says that its Fiber Driver optical multi-service platform scored well when evaluated using the Telecommunications Equipment Energy Efficiency Ratings (TEEER) standard developed by Verizon. (See Carriers tighten energy requirements in '09 and beyond for more on TEEER and other carrier programs to improve energy efficiency. See also www.verizonnebs.com/TPRs/VZ-TPR-9207.pdf)
The TEEER score is defined as a direct relationship between the system forwarding capacity and its power consumption, weighted for different operation modes. Verizon's calculated TEEER value represents the system energy efficiency rating on a scale from one (least efficient) to 10 (most efficient). The efficiency rating system is part of Verizon's energy consumption standards developed in the wake of government initiatives driving carriers toward more environmentally friendly networks. The goal of the standard is to improve energy efficiency in the equipment the company buys by 20% over today's networking equipment.
In certain configurations, MRV's Fiber Driver platform achieved a score of 9.78, showing the WDM optical transport system to be a power-optimized option for carriers, in the system vendor's view. The Fiber Driver platform provides up to 600 Gbps in 3U of rack space. With a power consumption of 3 to 5 W per 10-Gbps interface, it consumes 20% to 30% of the power that competing optical transport systems need, MRV asserts.
MRV's Fiber Driver product line is designed to provide differentiated services including fiber grooming (media conversion, distance extension, and signal repeating), converter-based service demarcation, CWDM and DWDM, and digital video distribution. The Fiber Driver platform can act as a media converter, a repeater, or a WDM transponder with a change-out of hot-swappable multifunctional modules. The Fiber Driver offers a wide range of optical transport options to enterprise, campus and metro networks with distances of 80-100 km, the company concludes.
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