Avanex to demonstrate new Raman amplifier at NFOEC

July 2, 2001
July 2, 2001--Avanex Corporation will demonstrate a prototype of the newest member of its PowerMux family of wavelength channel processors at NFOEC 2001.

Avanex Corporation (Nasdaq: AVNX), a global provider of photonic processors that enable next-generation performance for optical communications networks, will demonstrate a prototype of the newest member of its PowerMux family of wavelength channel processors at NFOEC 2001. Avanex also will introduce its PowerExpress Raman Amplifier, which, when used in conjunction with traditional Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers, provides a high-performance, cost-effective solution designed specially for long-span, high-channel-count metro networks.

Avanex will be in Booth 2021 at NFOEC, July 8-12 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md.

The PowerMux NxG Wavelength Channel Processor is a significant upgrade on Avanex's flagship PowerMux solution, providing high performance multiplexing and demultiplexing functions at a lower cost per channel.

Intended for next-generation metro and long-haul networks, the PowerMux NxG operates with low insertion loss, high channel isolation and low dispersion. Its elegant design exploits parallel wavelength processing without an additional thermal stabilization device. Performance of a 40-channel prototype will be demonstrated at the Avanex booth.

Functionally, the PowerMux NxG integrates a newer, smaller and higher-performing version of Avanex's industry-leading PowerMux Periodic Wavelength Processor with proprietary holographic grating technology from Avanex's Hudson Development Center. This combination forms a highly scalable platform that enables multiplexing and demultiplexing of virtually any channel spacing, any bit rate and any channel count ... Scalability of the newest Avanex processor translates to a low cost per channel that makes the PowerMux NxG particularly attractive for price-sensitive metro deployments.

Customer evaluation units of the PowerMux NxG are expected to be available by the end of the year for system-level testing.

Avanex's PowerExpress Raman Amplifier can be integrated with traditional Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFA) to increase transmission span distance dramatically. It can stand alone to seamlessly upgrade existing long-span systems up to 160 kilometers, and offers a cost-effective alternative to the traditional in-line amplifier. The PowerExpress Raman Amplifier features an extremely low noise figure and substantial improvement of system OSNR (optical signal to noise ratio). It offers the capability for automatic channel and gain detection and features a patent pending method of adjusting Raman pump power to optimize the OSNR and suppress DRB (Double Rayleigh Backscattering) for different types of fibers.

In addition to its PowerMux NxG and PowerExpress Raman Amplifier, Avanex will demonstrate its family of PowerExchanger OADM solutions -- Smart, Fixed and Reconfigurable -- all of which contribute to seamless optical connectivity for metro and long-haul networks by eliminating the need for complex switching and for optical-electrical-optical signal conversions.

Other featured demonstrations at NFOEC will include Avanex's Adaptive Enterprise Network solution, which provides intelligent wavelength management of IP networks, and its PowerExpress Metro Optical Amplifier, which is compatible with OC-48 and OC-192 bit rates, features built-in integrated variable dispersion compensation, automatic channel recognition, automatic gain and level control.

About Avanex:

Avanex designs, manufactures and markets photonic processors for the communications industry. For more information, visit www.avanex.com.

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