APA Optics and Harris Corporation introduce WDM over multi-mode fiber 20 Gb/s Ethernet multiplexer

April 9, 2001
Apr. 9, 2001--Developed jointly by APA Optics, Inc. and Harris Corporation, the EBE-20 brings Wavelength Division Multiplexing bandwidth expansion technology to any Gigabit Ethernet 1.25 Gb/s Multi-Mode (MM) or Single-Mode local area network.

Developed jointly by APA Optics, Inc. and Harris Corporation, the EBE-20 brings Wavelength Division Multiplexing bandwidth expansion technology to any Gigabit Ethernet 1.25 Gb/s Multi-Mode (MM) or Single-Mode local area network.

The EBE-20 directly interfaces with up to 16 Ethernet switches using industry-standard duplex SC connectors. Each 850 nm switch output is converted to a specific 1550.xx ITU compliant wavelength, and the resulting 1550 WDM signal set is delivered on a single fiber output port directly compatible with SM and MM network backbones.

At the backbone termination, the WDM signal set is received via a MM port, demultiplexed, and the individual 1.25 Gb/s signals are delivered to the Ethernet switches through the matching side of the duplex SC connector.

"The EBE-20 provides a way to quickly upgrade capacity of any Gigabit Ethernet 1.25 Gb/s Multi-Mode campus and local area network to up to 20 Gb/s," reports Terry VanderWert, general manager of APA Optics, Inc. "The EBE-20 is optimized for today's Ethernet systems and provides a direct, seamless interface between multiple 1.25 Gb/s MM Ethernet switches and local area networks' backbone fiber."

Fully compatible with all current Ethernet standards and the ITU 1550 WDM grid, the EBE-20 installs easily and quickly. No new equipment is required and all existing equipment including the backbone's Multi-Mode or Single Mode fiber is reused. In addition, the EBE-20 can be scaled to the network's requirements.

For status monitoring, front panel indicator LEDs provide visual indication of the component's status. Computer monitoring and laser control is also provided via a panel mounted USB port and includes plug and play software compatible with Windows NT, 98, 2000 or Millennium operating systems.

The EBE-20 is designed for years of reliable operation based on requirements for critical long-life government equipment. The system incorporates multiple cooling fans providing forced airflow through internal laser transmitters and power supplies. Two hot swappable power supplies provide redundant reliability for continuous operation through power supply failure and replacement operations.

For more information, visit www.apaoptics.com.

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