Multiplex makes strong product showing at ECOC

Oct. 10, 2001--At the European Conference on Optical Communications in Amsterdam, Multiplex, Inc. introduced a new ten gigabits-per-second transponder -- the MTP103 -- and a new small-form ten gigabits-per-second "postage stamp" photoreceiver.

At the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Amsterdam (October 1-3, 2001), Multiplex, Inc. introduced a new ten gigabits-per-second transponder -- the MTP103 -- and a new small-form ten gigabits-per-second "postage stamp" photoreceiver.

The MTP103 transponder is packaged around a 300-pin FCI connector and meets the multi-source agreement (MSA) specifications that govern 300-pin transponders. The transponder incorporates its MTRX192L (10Gb/s photoreceiver with integrated limiting amplifier) and one if its electro-absorption modulated lasers (EMLs): MTX310EW (1310nm) or MTX510EW (1550nm).

With a very high level of integration in the base components, Multiplex is able to manufacture the MTP103 in a compact package that measures only 2.5" x 3.5" x 0.5", which is smaller than traditional 300-pin transponders. Due to the integrated limiting amplifier of the MTRX192L, sensitivity of the MTP103 is extremely high (better than -19dBm at a bit-error-rate of 1E-10). The MTP103 is designed for use as a transmission link of up to 40 kilometers, and is applicable for short-, intermediate- and long-reach distances.

Multiplex will be shipping samples of the MTP103 during the middle of the fourth quarter of this year, with production slated to begin during the first quarter of 2002.

The company also introduced a new small-form ten gigabits-per-second "postage stamp" photoreceiver. The new package measures only 0.5" x 0.595" x 0.235" and features coplanar differential outputs. Multiplex's first-generation receiver is still available, which measures 0.66" x 0.8" x 0.3" and utilizes a single output. (This receiver is available with a GPO, K or SMA connector, or the user can discard the connector shell and solder the RF pin directly onto the circuit board.)

Multiplex stakes claim as the first company to integrate a limiting amplifier into its receiver package, and the new small-form product is also available with this feature, resulting in sensitivity of better than -19dBm. Standard and small-form receiver variants are available for 10 and 12.5 Gb/s, and low Optical Signal/Noise Ratio (OSNR) applications. An APD receiver is anticipated to be available early in 2002.

Multiplex will be shipping photoreceiver samples based on this new packaging in the middle of the fourth quarter of this year, with production slated to begin during the first quarter of 2002.

About Multiplex:

Multiplex is a developer of high-end, active photonic components for end-to-end telecom applications. For more information, visit www.multiplexinc.com.

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