Cinta Networks introduces disruptive wavelength networking architecture

March 14, 2001
Mar. 14, 2001--Cinta Networks unveiled a new class of optical networking systems that helps to decrease network costs and accelerate service providers' revenue generation through a disruptive new wavelength network architecture.

Cinta Networks unveiled a new class of optical networking systems that helps to decrease network costs and accelerate service providers' revenue generation through a disruptive new wavelength network architecture.

Cinta's patented WaveJunction product family rearchitects the fundamental transport and switching elements of next-generation optical networks, integrating these once-disparate elements and enabling scalability with per-port deployment and delivery of wavelength services. The result is a savings of up to 50 percent of initial costs and 80 percent of operating expenses for wavelength transport/switching, and the acceleration of service revenue through the rapid deployment and provisioning of optical bandwidth.

WaveJunction offers linear scalability all the way to massive switched optical fabrics, enabling service providers to add wavelength switching and transport a port at a time. This scalability is also delivered at a significant savings over conventional, non-integrated approaches. The integrated WaveJunction architecture drastically reduces the system's overall footprint and power requirements while significantly improving cost-effectiveness, network management and system scalability.

WaveJunction scales by port as service providers' overall bandwidth demands grow. It also scales by application functionality, allowing carriers to address current demand for powerful DWDM optical transport systems while allowing for transparent integration of wavelength switching capabilities. Specifically, WaveJunction allows service providers to initially deploy point-to-point optical transport, adding wavelength switching a port at a time as required. This flexibility lowers initial deployment costs and minimizes operating expenses.

WaveJunction's product architecture incorporates the capabilities of both optical and electronic cross connects, enabling non-blocking switching of any wavelength and any fiber while delivering signal integrity monitoring, bit-rate independence and low per-port costs. This architecture is also ultra-scalable, allowing growth one port at a time to 4,096 ports per node at line rates from 2.5 GB (OC48) to 40GB (OC768).

WaveJunction's management software lowers provider operating costs by enabling a complete optical network to be managed as a single node. The distributed element and network layer management system overlays the entire WaveJunction network and is accessible from any node location. WaveJunction-based networks can grow to hundreds of nodes using any combination of UPSR/BLSR optical layer ring and/or mesh architecture, providing fast and resource-efficient protection for wavelength circuits and enabling tiered service level agreements.

Cinta's WaveJunction product family includes all the components required to build a complete optical wavelength network: transport, switching, add/drop, amplification and advanced network management and planning software. The WaveJunction LS3000 Lambda Switch anchors the end-to-end network and, according to Cinta, is one of the first optical systems to employ tunable laser technology. The tunable transponders in the LS3000 handle both switching at the wavelength level and optical signal transport, helping to create a universal line card, further improving scalability and decreasing costs. The LS3000 is also designed to accommodate technology evolution, enabling service providers to incorporate other technologies (e.g., MEMS).

The WaveJunction LS3000 is entering customer lab trials within the next 30 days.

About Cinta Networks:

Cinta Networks designs and builds advanced optical networking solutions for metro, regional, and long haul service providers. For more information, visit

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