JDSU advances tunable strategy with new component building blocks

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 -- JDSU has released its tunable XFP transceiver into production and has created a next-generation ITLA that it plans to incorporate into its 300-pin transponders and also offer as a standalone product to the open market.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 -- JDSU has announced advancements as part of its strategy to offer a complete lineup of tunable offerings in multiple form factors for use in DWDM networks.

JDSU has released its tunable XFP transceiver into production. Announced in March 2009, the tunable XFP transceiver is a smaller pluggable component that network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) will implement to send and receive light within DWDM networks. The company also has created a next-generation integrable tunable laser assembly (ITLA) that it plans to incorporate into its 300-pin transponders and also offer as a standalone product to the open market.

JDSU leveraged two key building blocks from the tunable XFP -- the tunable transmit optical subassembly (TOSA) and ASIC -- to create the new ITLA. The tunable TOSA within the ITLA has been modified into a continuous-wave (CW) TOSA to accommodate a tunable laser, designed for use with an external lithium niobate modulator to enable high performance in long-haul and ultralong-haul networks.

"The DWDM market is looking for multiple supplier solutions that provide lower cost, lower power consumption, and a smaller footprint to support the carrier dilemma of single-digit revenue growth but double-digit traffic growth," notes Daryl Inniss, vice president and practice leader of components at Ovum. "It's great to see that JDSU has extended its tunable XFP technology to support 300-pin MSA transponders as this should help provide lower-power and lower-cost options to the market."

"JDSU has dedicated a great amount of time and expertise to create a complete tunable platform that is optimized for all of the flexibility required in agile optical networks," says Tom Fawcett, director of transmission product marketing for the CCOP business segment at JDSU.

The tunable XFP transceiver, next-generation ITLA module, and tunable TOSA will be displayed at JDSU's Booth #701 at ECOC 2009 from Sept. 21-23 in Vienna, Austria.


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