Ekinops (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI) announced its PM 400FRS04-SF flexible rate line module that, with the ability to accommodate coherent line interfaces from 100 to 600 Gbps, triples the capacity of its current 200-Gbps FlexRate offering.
The PM 400FRS04-SF supports six QSFP28 client ports, which it aggregates to a software-selectable line port for automatic configuration of the modulation format and baud rate. With the selection of desired bit rate and distance, the PM 400FRS04-SF automatically tunes performance based on these settings to enable support of short-reach, long-haul, and submarine transport, says Ekinops. Customers therefore can upgrade networks based on the Ekinops 360 optical transport platform without needing to replace existing equipment, the company asserts.
Ekinops says the PM 400FRS04-SF flexible rate line module provides further cost savings via support of bidirectional transmission over a single fiber strand.
The PM 400FRS04-SF will be generally available in first quarter 2019, 15 months after Ekinops released its 200-Gbps capabilities (see "Ekinops introduces two flexible rate line modules to reduce optical transport costs"). “Tripling the line rate and adding functionality to our FlexRate solutions while also eliminating operational complexity is quite an achievement in that kind of timeframe,” says Francois Xavier Ollivier, chief operating officer at Ekinops. “The market is advancing faster than ever and it is important Ekinops continues to provide the solutions our customers demand.”
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