2 March 2012

Emcore enhances features of tunable XFP transceiver to provide flexibility to next-gen optical networks

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes components, subsystems and systems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets, has announced an enhanced feature set for its full-band tunable 10Gbps form-factor pluggable (TXFP) transceiver, including 40nm full-band support, a transmitter variable optical attenuator (VOA) and flexi-grid compliance. Based on Emcore’s patented ClearLight fourth-generation external-cavity laser (ECL) platform, the TXFP transceiver is claimed to delivers the highest-quality optical signal, wavelength accuracy and transmission performance, along with best-in-class side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR).

Emcore says that its TXFP enables users to dramatically reduce size, power consumption, and operating expenses by replacing both legacy 300-pin tunable transponders and fixed-wavelength DWDM XFP transceivers. Now with an expanded feature set, users have greater flexibility to empower the next-generation of optical networks, says the firm. The TXFP supports a full band of 40nm (100 x 50GHz channels), making it the most widely tunable transceiver on the market, it is claimed. In addition, it addresses the new International Telecommunications Union (ITU) flexi-grid standard, allowing users to tune onto any frequency grid and address any off-grid frequency. Emcore also plans to include an optional transmitter VOA that allows users to remove external attenuators, again increasing density while reducing overall system cost and complexity.

“The Emcore TXFP represents the leading-edge in metro and long-haul DWDM network flexibility by delivering the highest level of performance and tuning capability in the smallest available form-factor,” claims Jaime Reloj, VP of business development. “By leveraging our ECL technology and in-house semiconductor manufacturing, we are able to offer our customers performance and features that no one else in the industry can match,” he adds. “Customers are using the unique features of the Emcore TXFP - such as flexi-grid tuning and highest-available SMSR - to enable more flexible and cost-effective optical network architectures.”

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