Standalone optical switch products from Polatis feature touch screen

FEBRUARY 28, 2008 -- These products enable standalone front-panel operation of all major switching functions, without the need for network connectivity or external devices.

FEBRUARY 28, 2008 �- Polatis Inc. (search for Polatis) has launched a new line of touch-screen optical switch products, which includes both the touch-screen display optical switch and a model with integrated power meter and VOA functionality.

These products enable standalone front-panel operation of all major switching functions, without the need for network connectivity or external devices. Operated through an page-driven graphical user interface, the front panel supports setting port connections, saving and recalling configurations, setting the device IP address, querying optical power, and attenuating signals.

The OSD and VSD products work well in lab and production environments that require optical testing. The new products provide simultaneous remote management and local operation for applications including systems verification testing, production test automation, interoperability labs, and carrier network span emulation.

Both switch fabrics deliver ultralow loss, high optical repeatability, high optical signal stability, and minimal polarization-dependent loss, says the company. They are bidirectional, fully non-blocking, and protocol- and bit-rate-independent, and can handle high optical powers or switching dark fiber.

The new VSD touch-screen optical switch product is on display this week at OFC/NFOEC 2008.


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