JDSU unveils CWDM 'Channel Checker'

MAY 6, 2008 -- The OCC-55 is a selective power meter for CWDM applications designed to offer a low-cost alternative to optical spectrum analyzers (OSAs).

MAY 6, 2008 -- JDSU (search for JDSU) has released the OCC-55 Smart Optical Channel Checker for CWDM networks. The OCC-55 is a selective power meter for CWDM applications designed to offer a low-cost alternative to optical spectrum analyzers (OSAs). The OCC-55, developed for CWDM network installation, maintenance, and surveillance teams, is specifically designed for CWDM system installation, upgrades, and troubleshooting.

CWDM systems are mainly being deployed in metropolitan areas where network operator customer groups are densely concentrated and can be reached within a reasonable system link span without the need of optical amplifiers. Because of this, field technicians can no longer afford to carry a sophisticated full-band OSA to every location to verify the presence and the power level of an individual CWDM channel, JDSU asserts. The "compact and inexpensive" OCC-55 meets the market requirement for a CWDM analyzer and equips every technician with the ability to check for CWDM channels, the company adds.

"With the OCC-55 CWDM channel checker, our customers have, for the first time, a CWDM selective measurement tool that enables a broad range of field technicians," said Enzo di Luigi, general manager in JDSU's fiber optics Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "The OCC-55 has the best price-to-performance ratio on the market and advanced ease-of-use features that provide workforce efficiencies for today's heavily burdened fiber technicians."

The OCC-55 operates in the 1,260- to 1,620-nm range and deploys a USB interface (both USB host and client available with the OCC-55) that, when used in combination with the free-of-charge OFS-355 software, provides customized reports that are downloaded from the OCC-55 to a PC. The OCC-55 can analyze all 18 CWDM wavelengths in terms of the individual power level and then display the measurement results either in a bar graph or tabular mode.

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