Optium offers tunable 300-pin SFF transponder

FEBRUARY 4, 2008 -- Optium says the 2.2x3-inch 10G module provides nearly a 60% reduction in surface area as compared to a large form factor 300-pin transponder while maintaining the same high standards of performance.

FEBRUARY 4, 2008 -- Optium Corp. (search for Optium) has announced commercial availability of a 10-Gbit/sec small form factor (SFF) 300-pin tunable transponder. Optium says the 2.2x3-inch module provides nearly a 60% reduction in surface area as compared to a large form factor 300-pin transponder while maintaining the same high standards of performance.

Optium asserts its SFF tunable transponder is based on a standard 300-pin MSA and features full C- and L-Band tunability. The company adds that the product is available in both +/- 800 psec/nm and 1,600 psec/nm and can operate at up to 11.35 Gbits/sec, has a minimum extinction ratio of 12 dB, and low power dissipation. The SFF transponder is designed to accommodate multiple optical sources for all optical components, including a tunable laser, lithium niobate modulator, and a receiver. The receiver can be configured as a PIN or APD and can also include an integrated variable optical attenuator.

The SFF tunable transponder provides enhanced network flexibility by enabling the upgrade of single-channel applications often used in metro networks, Optium says. In addition, it allows customers that currently use large form factor tunable devices to achieve higher port density on their line cards without sacrificing performance.

"In short, Optium's SFF tunable transponder offers high performance in a small package," stated Tony Musto, vice president of sales and marketing for Optium. "This combination of performance and value creates a compelling alternative as customers look for innovative solutions to improve network agility through tunability. As a result, we are already seeing strong acceptance of this new product with existing and new customers."

The SFF tunable transponder began shipping to multiple customers during the second fiscal quarter ended February 2, 2008.

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