Photonics Control launches standard control platform for optical components

1 October 2003 Ottawa, Canada Lightwave -- Intelligent Photonics Control Corp., manufacturer of system-on-a-chip controllers for optical devices, has announced the availability of a standard control platform for optical components.

Oct 1st, 2003

1 October 2003 Ottawa, Canada Lightwave -- Intelligent Photonics Control Corp., manufacturer of system-on-a-chip controllers for optical devices, has announced the availability of a standard control platform for optical components.

The company is currently shipping off-the-shelf chipsets for optical amplifiers (single and multi pump amplifiers, EDWAs, SOAs, LOAs), optical power monitors (OPMs), variable optical attenuators (VOAs), and dynamic gain equalizers (DGEs). Photonics Control will soon be extending its standard control platform to reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs); tunable lasers; integrated photodiode arrays; dispersion compensation, and other devices including photonics for non-telecom applications.

"In today's marketplace, our common platform solution offers customers the ability to implement controls quickly and inexpensively," asserts Photonics Control chief executive officer Richard Timmons. "Our chipset, with its small footprint, low power consumption, and remote management capabilities, represents a dramatic step forward in providing the sophisticated controls needed for making low-cost, high-performance optical networks a practical reality."

"The value of our standard control platform is being confirmed by paying customers, twelve of whom have already integrated our controllers into their products, which they are now demonstrating to their customers," adds Timmons.

The platform uses a layered software architecture to provide the fast response and flexibility necessary to meet customer requirements, including tight control; auto-calibration; fast transient response; health checks and alarms; and per wavelength control. These features allow dynamic provisioning throughout the network with no impact on system performance, claim company representatives. As part of the platform architecture, Photonics Control has also developed the necessary scheduling functionality that is optimized for real-time control of optical devices. The new platform includes all required device drivers, is "live-traffic" aware, provides a peer-to-peer optimized message interface, and allows hot firmware downloads while maintaining full control.

According to the company, customers can realize a number of key benefits, including:
• Accelerated ROI (at least 50% savings in internal development program costs);
• Enhanced margins;
• Reduced manufacturing, component testing, and system integration time by at least 25%;
• Improved time-to-market for development of new products by up to six months;
• Ability to quickly and economically respond to customer requests for intelligent optical components; and
• Reduced product cost by using a standard control platform.

The controllers are used for a number of different applications, including telecommunications carrier SONET/SDH DWDM systems, RF link optical extension; and cable TV and broadcast systems.

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