Pan Dacom Direkt tests 16-Gbps DWDM transponder

WDM platform vendor Pan Dacom Direkt says it has conducted a field trial of what it asserts is the first 16-Gbps DWDM transponder. The “SPEED” 16G transponder, aimed at 16G Fibre Channel applications, was used to transmit two 16-Gbps 100-GHz channels over 40 km of singlemode fiber.

WDM platform vendor Pan Dacom Direkt says it has conducted a field trial of what it asserts is the first 16-Gbps DWDM transponder. The “SPEED” 16G transponder, aimed at 16G Fibre Channel applications, was used to transmit two 16-Gbps 100-GHz channels over 40 km of singlemode fiber.

The systems connected Brocade 6510 and 300 switches in an error-free fashion, the company says.

The SPEED 16G transponder modules are based on four SFP+ ports and support 4G, 8G, and 16G Fibre Channel. The system can transmit up to 40 channels at 100 GHz, which translates to 640 Gbps over one fiber pair.

“Our solution enables the next generation of storage point-to-point interconnections with 16 Gbps over longer distances,” says Markus Foerster, head of product management at Pan Dacom Direkt. “We are as far as I know the first vendor in the market who has a 16-Gbps DWDM transponder solution generally available and realized the first field trial.”

Pan Dacom Direkt says that “longstanding partners” have already agreed to use the new transponders to upgrade their DWDM network links to 16 Gbps for data center interconnect. “The actual architecture allows 4, 8, 10, 16 Gbps to be run simultaneously and to be upgraded to higher capacity just on demand while optimizing protection and reducing overall operating costs,” Pan Dacom quoted one unidentified customer as saying.

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