Corning touts high-speed offerings at Fall Interop '08

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 -- Corning says it will demonstrate that its Plug & Play Universal Systems with InfiniCor SX+ optical fiber are 100-Gigabit Ethernet ready, capable of reliably supporting transmission speeds up to 100G. The company will also demonstrate a parallel optical option for short-range applications.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 -- Corning Inc. (search for Corning) will demonstrate that its Plug & Play Universal Systems with InfiniCor SX+ optical fiber are 100-Gigabit Ethernet ready, capable of reliably supporting transmission speeds up to 100G. The demonstration, to be held at Interop New York on September 17-18, will illustrate how Corning products can provide a cost-effective upgrade path to next-generation speeds, including 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet as well as InfiniBand and Fibre Channel, say company representatives.

The requirement for higher data rates in premises networks, particularly in data centers, is being driven by many factors, including video applications, virtualization, and convergence. This increased bandwidth demand will contribute to the migration from 10G to 40G and 100G, evidenced by the IEEE's recent approval of a task force to develop guidance for 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet data rates. Corning says its Plug & Play Universal Systems with InfiniCor SX+ optical fiber today will be capable of working at 100 Gigabit Ethernet in accordance with the IEEE 802.3ba standard that is currently being developed.

For data rates of 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet over OM3 fiber types, such as InfiniCor SX+ multimode fiber, parallel optics may be a predominant connectivity option for short range applications, such as data centers and internet exchanges, notes the company. The demonstration at Interop will show a parallel optic solution using commercially available transceivers and optical fiber connectivity. Corning says it will show 40G over 150 meters with a bit error rate (BER) that exceeds the 10-12 error rate called for in standards. A distance of 150 meters over OM3 fiber exceeds the current standards requirement and covers the majority of premises link lengths.

The bandwidth requirements necessary for 40G/100G transmission are met by utilizing the Corning LANscape Pretium 300 and 550 with InfiniCor SX+ optical fiber. The bandwidth of these fibers is ensured using the calculated effective modal bandwidth (EMBc) measurement, the most rigorous laser bandwidth measurement. This method is the only metric to provide an actual bandwidth value that can reliably predict bandwidth performance for different transceiver and link length scenarios for flexible and cost-effective future upgrades, say Corning representatives.

The company will be showcasing its products in Booth #453 at Fall Interop in NY.


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