17 November 2011

OIF approves new 100G Integrated Dual Polarization Quadrature Modulated Transmitter Assembly project

Members of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) have approved a new project on Integrated Dual Polarization Quadrature Modulated Transmitter Assembly (ITXA), targeting lower-cost, higher-density applications.

The project provides a common electrical interface that allows the inclusion of other modulator technology that may offer substantial cost and size reduction for a transmitter assembly. Carried out under the 100G umbrella program, the project recognizes the increasing need for adoption of other modulator technologies and for size and cost reduction.

“Our existing Polarization Multiplexed Quadrature Modulated Transmitter has been successfully adopted in ultra-long-haul and metro markets,” says Karl Gass, the OIF’s Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice-chair and a consultant to TriQuint Semiconductor Inc of Hillsboro, OR, USA. “This companion project will address cost and performance trade-offs necessary to open higher-volume applications,” he adds.

OIF Day at China Telecom

OIF vendor members attending the fourth-quarter meeting were invited to attend the OIF Day at China Telecom interactive symposium (a collaborative and educational workshop featuring OIF and China Telecom subject matter experts covering OIF projects and directions, intelligent optical networking, 100G and beyond). “China Telecom was pleased to host the first OIF Day event in Asia,” says Chengliang Zhang, deputy chief engineer of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute. “By opening our doors to OIF members, we were able to increase the depth of discussion with vendors, and express our specific challenges and strategies,” he adds.

Election results

Newly elected to the position of Technical Committee vice chair is Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity. Re-elected to Interoperability Working Group chair for a two-year term is Jim Jones of Alcatel-Lucent. Jones was also re-elected to a two-year term to the board of directors, where he will continue as OIF president. Also re-elected to the OIF board (both for one-year terms) are Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks and Martha Fratt of AT&T, where she will continue as OIF treasurer/secretary. Steve Joiner of Finisar returns to the board, elected to a two-year term.

Additional implementation agreements from OIF

The following implementation agreements (IAs) were approved by members. The ‘Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements’, the ‘Update to Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.0’ and the ‘Update to OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog version 1.1’ implementation agreements all address different security issues in the network. The IAs are available to the public at:

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