AUGUST 21, 2008 -- Ekinops (search for Ekinops) today introduced what it claims is a low-cost, long haul option that can economically carry 80 WDM channels a distance of 2,000 km.Â Ekinops is delivering these capabilities on the T-Chip, its transport-on-a-chip technology.
The new long-haul option uses Ekinops' DynaFEC forward error correction technology, which boosts performance, enabling longer transmission distances with lower power transmitters and amplifiers, say company representatives. It further enhances the capabilities of the Ekinops 360 transport platform. Today, the Ekinops 360 platform aggregates and transports Ethernet (LAN Phy, WAN Phy), Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, ESCON, HD-SDI video, SD-SDI video, and ASI video client protocols with the ability to quickly develop new client protocol support ahead of the market with the dynamic firmware programmable T-Chip.
DynaFEC is built into the Ekinops T-Chip, the heart of the Ekinops 360 system. The T-Chip, which Ekinops unveiled in June, can be programmed for virtually any functionality. It is a dynamic, firmware programmable, field upgradeable chip that not only allows Ekinops to design, manufacture, and deliver equipment to customers more quickly and at a lower cost, but also reduces power requirements, notes the company.
"DynaFEC is clearly leading the industry in forward error correction," contends Rob Adams, vice president of global marketing and product line management for Ekinops. "We don't know of anyone else who has been able to accomplish this outside the lab. We have been able to implement it quickly because of our powerful and unique T-Chip. We can pack advanced capabilities into the T-Chip and bring them to market in far less time than our competitors."
DynaFEC offers a number of FEC options that can be programmatically made available to Ekinops line cards allowing for up to a 10- to 12-dB gain, enabling the longest transmission distances between amplifiers. Ekinops says it can transmit 300 kilometers without any inline amplification with full channel counts, and its new FEC capabilities significantly reduce the number of inline amplifiers needed for long reach routes up to 2,000 km.
"Not only does this industry-leading DynaFEC technology enable service providers to carry traffic a greater distance at lower cost, but it also works very well in lower quality fiber environments," Adams adds. "Also, because of our forward error correction capabilities, when we do need inline amplification, we are able to use less costly metro-grade amplifiers and hold down equipment costs for carriers."
"Ekinops is now one of the few equipment providers that can offer a comprehensive, multi-reach system that is cost effective for all applications," asserts Didier Bredy, CEO of Ekinops. "The Ekinops 360 fills carriers' needs from access aggregation through metro, regional, and now long-haul transport.