OIF to tackle tunable laser assembly size and control plane deployment

AUGUST 6, 2010 -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members launched two projects at their third quarter meeting. The first will provide a specification for a micro integrable tunable laser assembly (uITLA). The new form factor for tunable lasers is needed as the industry moves to an XFP form factor with reduced power dissipation. The second project will address OSS control plane management.

AUGUST 6, 2010 -- The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) members launched two projects at their third quarter meeting. The first will provide a specification for a micro integrable tunable laser assembly (uITLA). The new form factor for tunable lasers is needed as the industry moves to an XFP form factor with reduced power dissipation. The second project will address OSS control plane management.

The new uITLA project will propose changes to the assembly’s electrical interfaces, optical specifications, and mechanical specifications. The uITLA implementation agreement (IA) will provide an alternative laser option for ITLA customers contemplating the integration of a specific vendor “gold box” laser on the host PCB due to space constraints. A greater than 2X reduction in the base plate area of the uITLA relative to the ITLA-MSA-1.2 IA is desired.

The new OSS Control Plane Management project output will be a white paper or framework document that addresses the OSS control plane challenges associated with optical transport evolution. As the networks evolve from TDM to packet and to MPLS-based transport, there will be additional challenges associated with OSS integration and management of control plane-initiated services spanning multiple layers (TDM OTN and SONET, photonic and MPLS), the OIF members believe. Adding to the OSS challenges are the operational challenges associated with these converged networks. This new project will address these OSS challenges in “operationalizing” the TDM control plane including multilayer TDM CP (SONET/SDH, OTN).

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