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18 September 2008


Bookham launches full-band XFP-E tunable pluggable transceiver

At next week's 34th European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC 2008) in Brussels, Belgium, optical component, module and subsystem maker Bookham Inc of San Jose, CA, USA is launching the TL8500, a high-performance full-band tunable pluggable transceiver in the XFP-E format, targeted at long-haul links and metro/regional networks at rates up to 11.3Gb/s.

The XFP-E format is an industry-recognized MSA (multi-source agreement) and, by adding full-band tunability, Bookham says it can now offer a ‘universal’ 10Gb/s transceiver with the following qualities:

  • maximum faceplate density for all links, including high-performance long-haul;
  • flexibility for ‘pay as you grow’ capability and in-service accessibility;
  • reliability, via field-proven technology;
  • the security of an MSA format for ease of procurement;
  • economically competitive compared to alternative technologies and formats.

The module is underpinned by Bookham's fully Telcordia qualified indium phosphide Mach Zehnder (InP MZ) modulator and DSDBR (digital supermode distributed Bragg reflector) laser – the key building blocks of Bookham's range of high-performance tunable modules.

"We have already established a clear commercial lead in tunable pluggable devices with the success of our TL8000, and delivering high-end 300-pin capability in the XFP-E format extends that leadership – we are showing that there is a real market for tunable pluggables in a variety of formats,” says Adam Price, Bookham's director of product management. “We are now bringing our performance standards into the pluggable arena," he adds. "With our proven, high performance optical components and decade of field history with indium phosphide Mach Zehnders, we are perfectly placed to expand the current tunable pluggable portfolio to include a variety of tunable formats, including X2, XENPAK and XFP.”

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