Omnitron expands NID options, enhances fiber converters

FEBRUARY 26, 2008 -- Omnitron Systems Technology has added to its iConverter NID portfolio as well as enhancing its iConverter T1/E1 and T3/E3 media converters.

FEBRUARY 26, 2008 -- Omnitron Systems Technology (search for Omnitron), a provider of fiber-optic access systems for next-generation Carrier Ethernet networks (search for Carrier Ethernet), has added to its iConverter network interface device (NID) portfolio as well as enhancing its iConverter T1/E1 and T3/E3 media converters.

The four new NIDs are carrier-grade offerings designed for use in telco, cable, and utility networks to support copper-to-fiber, fiber-to-fiber, and copper-to-copper demarcation with fixed copper, fiber, or SFP ports. The new models include 10/100M2 for 10/100 UTP to 100Fx fiber applications; 2FXM2 for 100Fx fiber-to-fiber applications; GX/TM2 for 10/100/1000 UTP to UTP and UTP to gigabit fiber applications; and 2GXM2 for gigabit fiber-to-fiber applications.

All four new models provide fiber access for Carrier Ethernet services with MEF 9 and MEF 14 certified compliant demarcation at the customer premises. The NIDs support the IEEE 802.3ah specification for fault detection and operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) capabilities in the first mile, and Iometrix cNode end-to-end fault detection and performance monitoring. They feature fixed ports or SFP transceivers that support standard 100Base-Fx and 1000Base-X wavelengths or CWDM technology.

The devices are available as standalone modules and plug-in modules that can be installed in a variety of compact chassis with multiport configurations for business complexes and multiple tenant buildings.

The two media converters are also carrier-grade products intended to reduce costs and create additional revenue opportunities when used within existing fiber networks. In addition to T1/E1 and T3/E3, iConverters support 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet, OC-3, OC-12, and serial technologies.

The enhancements to the T1/E1 and T3/E3 media converters include support for SFP transceivers, which allow the media converters to increase the bandwidth capacity of fiber access infrastructure by incorporating CWDM. The media converter portfolio also now includes a standalone version designed for easy installation, with universal AC and DC power options.

The converters feature a built-in fiber tester for diagnosis of the remote unit, eliminating the cost of external hardware or support personnel at each end of a link. The converters' SFP support enables adaptability to different fiber types and distances, providing maximum flexibility across a variety of network architectures and topologies.

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