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10 January 2008


Mintera ships first 40Gb/s DWDM DPSK module

Optical transport system supplier Mintera Corp of Acton, MA, USA has made the industry’s first commercial shipment of a 40Gb/s DWDM DPSK transceiver module (in December to a new European customer, one of several new customers that have selected it for their next-generation 40Gb/s line cards).

Available in a standard 300-pin package, the new MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK module was eveloped in collaboration with JDSU of Milpitas, CA, USA, with which Mintera announced a partnership last October to provide a complete 40Bb/s solution set to the telecom industry.

“This shipment signals the beginning of an inflection point for the industry with the first delivery of a new generation of 40Gb/s DWDM modules,” says president and CEO Terry Unter. “Dramatic increases in video content are driving service providers to embrace the performance and cost advantages of 40Gb/s optical transport; the performance advantages of Adaptive-DPSK have been validated by all transport equipment manufacturers (TEMs) who have tested it,” he adds. “The MI 4000XM has already won several new customers and will be shipping in significant volumes early this year.”

Mintera says that its patent-pending Adaptive-DPSK technology enables 40Gb/s transport on 50GHz-channel-spaced systems and transmission over agile ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer) networks without compromising critical ultra-long-haul reach. The unit conforms to the industry-standard footprint and is compliant to ITU-T G.693 for optical interfaces and OIF SFI-5 standards. Incorporating an electrical mux/demux for compatibility with any 40Gb/s framer, the module has a 300-pin MSA connector with support for the appropriate I2C commands, enabling simple hardware and software integration.

“The DWDM 40 Gb/s module market takeoff was obvious in 2007,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics. “Mintera’s release of the MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK product is a timely response to the changing market needs, which enables the 40Gb/s DWDM interface to be delivered in a common physical form factor. This reduces the number of variants, driving up volume, leading to lower costs,” he adds. “The move to common, modular solutions was instrumental in enabling the 10Gb/s market to take off, and we believe it will have the same effect for 40 Gbps.”

See related item:

JDSU invests in Mintera to partner on complete 40Gb/s solution

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