RiteKom Photonics introduces single fiber transceivers for Ethernet in the first mile applications

February 27, 2002--Optical networking component provider RiteKom Photonics Corp. today announced an extension of their Unicorn Transceiver product suite to include Single Fiber Gigabit Ethernet transceivers for use in access applications.

Feb 27th, 2002

Optical networking component provider RiteKom Photonics Corp. today announced an extension of their Unicorn Transceiver product suite to include Single Fiber Gigabit Ethernet transceivers for use in access applications. The new Unicorn 1109 and 1205 for Gigabit Ethernet compliment the exiting Unicorn 109 and 205 155-Mbit/sec transceivers and are the smallest form factor bi-directional transceivers available, claims the company.

The new product allows access equipment manufacturers to develop high port-density switches occupying less front panel and printed circuit board space. By manufacturing in production quantities in an ISO 9001 certified plant in Taiwan, RiteKom offers an enormous cost advantage, enabling systems integrators to produce low cost equipment. The resulting lower costs of access equipment allow fiber-to-the-home to become a reality, something RiteKom is working hard to achieve in the US market.

"Fiber to the home and other first mile issues are still being debated in the US, but in Japan and other parts of Asia, the market is already there," explains Dr. Hank Hung, vice president of RiteKom's optical device division. "The future of Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) in the US will depend on simple specifications for low-cost, interoperable, and easily implemented equipment. Single fiber bi-directional implementations are cost effective for the network provider, and our competitive transceivers contribute to bringing the economics of first mile deployment down to realistic levels."

Sample quantities of the Unicorn 1109 and 1205 are available now and will be available in volume in the second quarter of this year. Volume quantities of the 155-Mbit/sec Unicorn 109 and 205 are currently shipping.

Established in June 2000, RiteKom Photonics Corp. is headquartered in HsinChu, Taiwan, and has received $50 million in funding. The company supplies a range of fiber- optic components and fiber cable to systems makers and carriers. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ritekom.com.


Optical networking component provider RiteKom Photonics Corp. today announced an extension of their Unicorn Transceiver product suite to include Single Fiber Gigabit Ethernet transceivers for use in access applications. The new Unicorn 1109 and 1205 for Gigabit Ethernet compliment the exiting Unicorn 109 and 205 155-Mbit/sec transceivers and are the smallest form factor bi-directional transceivers available, claims the company.

The new product allows access equipment manufacturers to develop high port-density switches occupying less front panel and printed circuit board space. By manufacturing in production quantities in an ISO 9001 certified plant in Taiwan, RiteKom offers an enormous cost advantage, enabling systems integrators to produce low cost equipment. The resulting lower costs of access equipment allow fiber-to-the-home to become a reality, something RiteKom is working hard to achieve in the US market.

"Fiber to the home and other first mile issues are still being debated in the US, but in Japan and other parts of Asia, the market is already there," explains Dr. Hank Hung, vice president of RiteKom's optical device division. "The future of Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) in the US will depend on simple specifications for low-cost, interoperable, and easily implemented equipment. Single fiber bi-directional implementations are cost effective for the network provider, and our competitive transceivers contribute to bringing the economics of first mile deployment down to realistic levels."

Sample quantities of the Unicorn 1109 and 1205 are available now and will be available in volume in the second quarter of this year. Volume quantities of the 155-Mbit/sec Unicorn 109 and 205 are currently shipping.

Established in June 2000, RiteKom Photonics Corp. is headquartered in HsinChu, Taiwan, and has received $50 million in funding. The company supplies a range of fiber- optic components and fiber cable to systems makers and carriers. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.ritekom.com.


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