CrossFiber to sample photonic switches to strategic customers

FEBRUARY 21, 2008 -- Less than a year ago, the company announced the development of what it claims is the industry's first MxN optical switch to be offered at $50 per optical port, a fraction of the cost of optical switches previously offered by others.

FEBRUARY 21, 2008 -- CrossFiber Inc. (search for CrossFiber), a privately held photonic switch company, today announced that it will start supplying characterization samples of its MxN all-optical switch to a handful of select strategic customers in early March.

Less than a year ago, the company announced the development of what it claims is the industry's first MxN optical switch to be offered at $50 per optical port, a fraction of the cost of optical switches previously offered by others.

CrossFiber says it will hold performance characterization test sessions by invitation at its headquarters in San Diego, CA, during OFC 2008, February 25-28, 2008. The company will also have a fully automated, unmanned booth at OFC, possibly a first of its type.

"CrossFiber's unique combination of performance, form factor, scalability, and price seems to have hit the sweet spot of many current and emerging optical switch applications," contends Hus Tigli, president & CEO of CrossFiber. "Our strategic partners represent Tier 1 service providers and systems OEMs, covering applications in ROADM nodes, FTTx networks, central office automation, and IP/OEO interface optimization."

CrossFiber says its LiteSwitch photonic switch modules can be configured as 1xN, MxN, or NxN, with N up to 128 ports and all configurations offering any-to-any connectivity. The company's technologies include proprietary high tilt-angle comb-drive 3D MEMS, low-cost custom ASICs for MEMS, and a novel closed-loop optical beam control technology, which requires no expensive optical power taps, claim company representatives.

"CrossFiber's performance and cost advantages result from our technical innovations, not hopes of volume-driven reduced costs," Tigli adds. "However, we have designed our switches for the automation of many assembly and testing steps in manufacturing in order to meet any high volume requirements."

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