Ekinops ships new coherent 100G line cards

Optical transport equipment vendor Ekinops says it has begun volume shipments of new coherent 100G transponder and muxponder modules for its Ekinops 360 platform.

Optical transport equipment vendor Ekinops says it has begun volume shipments of new coherent 100G transponder and muxponder modules for its Ekinops 360 platform.

"We are introducing the next technology to make coherent 100G the standard transport service in optical networks," said François Xavier Ollivier, chief operating officer of Ekinops. "The new solutions are compatible with our existing chassis and offer vastly more capacity and long-haul performance while providing significant cost savings to our customers.

"This builds on the very successful 2012 launch of our standalone 100G product targeted at alien wave applications and allows us to serve the fast-growing market of 100G greenfield networks and networks requiring a large number of 100G channels," Ollivier added.

The new modules enable existing customers using the 2RU and 7RU versions of the Ekinops 360 platform to add 100G to their 10G networks by sliding the new modules into the 360 chassis alongside any 10G cards. (The Ekinops 360 platform also comes in a 1RU version that was already 100G capable.) For example, the 7RU chassis can be configured with up to six 100G transponders or 100G muxponders, or a combination of both, to deliver 3 Tbps of capacity in a single rack, Ekinops says.

The muxponder is designed to offer flexible aggregation for a variety of 8G, 10G, or 40G services. The new 100G transponder and muxponder leverage Ekinops's T-Chip technology, a programmable architecture that leverages the company’s DynaFEC forward error correction scheme.

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