'Smallest' optical amplifier with embedded electronics launched

19 March 2003 -- Alcatel Optronics, Paris, has extended its addressable optical amplifier family with what it calls the smallest remote-controlled narrow-band booster and pre-amplifier.

19 March 2003 -- Alcatel Optronics, Paris, has extended its addressable optical amplifier family with what it calls the smallest remote-controlled narrow-band booster and pre-amplifier.

A standardised electronics interface allows the 1906 OAE and 1907 OAE erbium doped fibre amplifiers to be interconnected with other devices, allowing remote configuration and monitoring.

Designed and optimized for 2.5Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s metropolitan optical systems, these compact amplifiers are offered in cooled and uncooled versions.

These amplifiers bring more flexibility for system control and implementation while reducing footprint, maintenance and operating costs.

To improve the management of optical telecommunication systems and optimize their total cost of ownership, it is important for devices to have the ability to communicate together. Alcatel Optronics has integrated the industry standard I2C interface bus into its compact optical amplifiers.

Each device has a unique address allowing amplifiers to be remotely controlled. This permits two-way network management control, offers remote equipment status, integrates diagnostics and data, and reduces on-site intervention. These compact optical amplifiers offer special fibre routing guides on top of the package, improving the installation to the system board.

Philippe Bregi, COO, said, "We are demonstrating another step in our optoelectronic integration strategy by adding the remote control functionality to compact amplifiers. This offers intelligence in signal processing and management, interoperability and system configuration flexibility."

The 1906 OAE and 1907 OAE are narrow-band erbium doped fibre amplifiers with embedded electronics. Available in both cooled and uncooled versions, they have a very low power consumption. In a highly compact package of 90x70x13mm, they integrate electronics and offer an RS-232 interface or an I2C interface bus.

The uncooled version of the Alcatel 1906 OAE booster amplifier offers up to +15 dBm output power and its cooled version up to +17 dBm output power. The cooled and uncooled versions of the Alcatel 1907 OAE pre-amplifier offer a high gain of 30 dB.

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