Bookham launches XFP-E tunable pluggable transceiver

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 -- Bookham Inc. has announced the launch of a high-performance full-band tunable pluggable transceiver in the XFP-E format. The product, the TL8500, is targeted at long-haul links and metro/regional networks at rates up to 11.3 Gbits/sec.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 -- Bookham Inc. (search for Bookham) has announced the launch of a high-performance full-band tunable pluggable transceiver in the XFP-E format. The product, the TL8500, is targeted at long-haul links and metro/regional networks at rates up to 11.3 Gbits/sec.

The XFP-E format is an industry recognised MSA, and by adding full-band tunability Bookham says it can now offer customers a "universal" 10-Gbit/sec transceiver with the following qualities:


  • density: maximum faceplate density for all links, including high performance long haul
  • flexibility: for "pay as you grow" capability and in-service accessibility
  • reliability: using field-proven technology
  • security: MSA format for ease of procurement
  • economy: highly competitive compared to alternative technologies and formats.

The module is underpinned by the fully Telcordia qualified Bookham indium phosphide Mach Zehnder (InP MZ) modulator and DSDBR laser -- the key building blocks of the Bookham range of high performance tunable modules.

"We have already established a clear commercial lead in tunable pluggable devices with the success of our TL8000, and delivering high-end 300-pin capability in the XFP-E format extends that leadership. We are showing that there is a real market for tunable pluggables in a variety of formats," said Bookham Director Product Management Adam Price.

"With our proven, high-performance optical components and decade of field history with indium phosphide Mach Zehnders, we are perfectly placed to expand the current tunable pluggable portfolio to include a variety of tunable formats, including X2, XENPAK, and XFP," he added.

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