Avanex to announce new platforms

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- The new products are designed to address next-generation optical networking needs, including small form factor tunable transponders, tunable dispersion compensation for terminal equipment, X-cut and Z-cut lithium niobate modulators, tunable WSS/ROADMs, and lower cost, intelligent Oasis optical amplifiers.

FEBRUARY 20, 2008 -- Avanex Corp. (search for Avanex) will unveil several new platform productss at OFC/NFOEC next week.

The new products are designed to address next-generation optical networking needs, including small form factor tunable transponders, tunable dispersion compensation for terminal equipment, X-cut and Z-cut lithium niobate modulators, tunable WSS/ROADMs, and lower cost, intelligent Oasis optical amplifiers.

Speaking about the company's product platform focus, Avanex SVP and General Manager Pat Edsell said, "Our platform discipline focuses on common aspects of design that enable cost reduction -- wherever possible, we are rationalizing our product development around standard architectures. We are now meeting the customer demands for performance required for 40-Gbit/sec and 100-Gbit/sec applications, while continuing to drive cost out of our products and dramatically reduce our time-to-market for development. In addition, the approach also greatly simplifies our manufacturing world, decreasing lead times dramatically at the same time that we lower inventory costs."

Avanex SVP and CTO Giovanni Barbarossa amplified Edsell's point, focusing on the innovation facet of the platform play: "The products and solutions we are releasing are also much more than just cost-reduced solutions delivered through lean manufacturing. The common aspects of design in these platforms include characteristics and features to enable efficiency, tunability, flexibility, and scalability for customer applications that really go beyond previous definitions of agility. These include digital control blocks, programmable functions, real-time monitoring capabilities, increased capacity through smaller form factors, and value-added synergies with other Avanex products, such as transmission plus tunable dispersion compensation for enhanced reach."

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