JANUARY 15, 2009 -- OpVista (search for OpVista) has announced the availability of its new CX-40G Muxponder, an optical network element for 40-Gbit/sec transmission per wavelength across all types of optical networks, from metro to long-haul. By combining four 10-Gbps service streams into a single 50-GHz DWDM channel, the OpVista CX-40G Muxponder -- based on OpVista Dense Multi-Carrier (DMC) technology -- is designed to enable carriers to meet the demands for bandwidth-intensive services, such as high-definition video on demand, without investing in new optical infrastructure.
Following what the company described as "extensive field and lab trials" throughout 2008 with global carriers, OpVista says it shipped the first CX-40G systems for revenue in December 2008.
As part of the OpVista CX8 optical networking system, the CX-40G Muxponder is designed to provide carriers with a cost-effective approach for delivering multiple 10-Gbit/sec services over incumbent optical network infrastructure. OpVista says that deploying the CX-40G Muxponder with four universal client 10-Gbps interfaces is more attractive than using 10-Gbit/sec line cards. For example, the new muxponder costs less, occupies half the footprint, uses less power, and provides 4X the bandwidth on today's 10-Gbit/sec optical infrastructure, the company asserts.
"4 x 10G muxponder capabilities are the key to wider deployment of 40G," said Ron Kline, research director at Ovum. "The first 40G applications were for backbone router interconnect, but now we are seeing a shift to 4 x 10G muxponder deployments to increase system capacity and drive down the cost per bit transported. Additionally, 4 x 10G muxponders are a must have in the metro environment where systems need to support many protocols such as DVI, ESCON/FICON, Fibre Channel, Ethernet, and SONET/SDH."
"The trend toward high-definition video and bandwidth intensive services, coupled with reductions in capital expense budgets, has the industry hungry for solutions that deliver more bandwidth for less capital expenditure," said Eve Griliches, telecom analyst at IDC. "The OpVista approach gives carriers the tools they need to meet the challenges from new service demands in a challenging economy."
"By maintaining compatibility with today's optical infrastructure, the CX-40G offers carriers a novel and highly space- and spectrum-efficient method to achieve ever-higher levels of bandwidth for delivering additional services," said Karl May, president and CEO of OpVista. "The CX-40G's reliance on mature, reliable, high-volume 10-Gbps optical components enables the muxponder to deliver scalable capacity of 40-Gbps wavelength networks. Furthermore, the CX-40G Muxponder eliminates issues of optical dispersion (PMD and CD) and leverages the 10-Gbps component ecosystem to help contain equipment costs."