May 11, 2004 Las Vegas, NV -- This week at the NetWorld + Interop (N+I) conference, JDS Uniphase unveiled a new version of its WaveReady Series of subsystems for OEMs developing WDM metro access/edge applications. The improved WaveReady Series features integrated protection switching and leverages a small-form-factor-pluggable (SFP) design for greater application coverage.
WaveReady modules are designed to be ready for immediate OEM integration and network deployment. The new releases include the WaveReady 700 Series transponders (WRT-760 and WRT-740XLR), a new version of the WR 3000 Series optical platform (WR 3500-F), and a new communication and management module (COMM-200) with an integrated, updated Node Manager.
The client-side SFP transponder in the WaveReady 700 Series allows developers to reduce costs by changing only the channel-specific client module rather than the entire board. The WRT-760 also eliminates the need to purchase a separate protection card because the 760 transponder features an integrated protection switch. In addition, the WaveReady modules are backward compatible with previous WaveReady modules, provide 3R (reshape, re-time, and regenerate) operation, and use in-band channel management technology.
The WaveReady 700 Series transponders (WRT-760 and WRT-740XLR) are multi-rate, protocol independent transponder modules that translate optical signals between a variety of client-side interfaces into a long-reach, singlemode, DWDM interfaces. The WRT-760 integrates the functionality of a transponder with a bi-directional, optical layer protection switch for individual wavelength protection. The WRT-740XLR is a multi-rate bi-directional transponder that converts 1310-nm optical signals to long-reach singlemode DWDM optical interfaces; the device has been designed specifically to support extended dispersion tolerance to 180 km at OC-48.
The WaveReady 3500-F (WR 3500-F) is a fan-cooled version of the already available WR 3500 optical platform. At 7U-high, the platform is designed to house up to fourteen WaveReady 3000 series modules.
The WaveReady Communications Module 200 (COMM-200) is a higher performance version of the current WaveReady management module. It provides monitoring, communication, and management of WaveReady modules when mounted in a WaveReady 3000 Series platform such as the WR 3500-F or the WR 3100. The COMM-200 has multiple Ethernet ports and RS-232 access to TL1 and SNMP V3 management through the Node Manager software with a graphical user interface (GUI). By using the embedded management channel, a COMM-200 can manage modules in a remote shelf, such as a customer premise-located device, and it is compatible with third party SNMP-based management tools such as HP's OpenView.
Part of the COMM-200 management module, the WaveReady Node Manager is an intuitive GUI software package used in conjunction with the communications module to provide easy-to-use fault and status management functions for remote and local WaveReady equipment.