JDSU, Opnext achieve error-free 100-GbE traffic transmission

The two companies announced their participation in the successful operation of IEEE-compliant 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) optics.

Opnext (NASDAQ: OPXT) and JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) announced their participation in the successful operation of IEEE-compliant 100-Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) optics, which the companies say further validates the feasibility of pluggable optics for 100GbE. The demonstration included transmitting and receiving Ethernet traffic at 100 GbE through an Opnext 100GBase-LR4 CFP multisource agreement (CFP MSA)-compliant optical module using the JDSU Optical Network Test instrument (ONT) with 100 GbE module.

Opnext has previously demonstrated CFP MSA modules carrying pseudo-random bit stream (PRBS) test patterns. (See more on the CFP MSA at CIM sister site, Lightwave.) This was the first demonstration of 100GbE IP packets being successfully transmitted and received over a 100GBase-LR4 interface. Testing was conducted continuously for over 40 hours without errors.

"Opnext is proud to continue our tradition of bringing high-performance emerging standards technology to the market using our in-house technology in key optical components such as lasers and photodiodes," says Tadayuki Kanno, president of Opnext's module business unit. "We plan to bring our manufacturing excellence and quality to the 40GbE and 100GbE market."

JDSU says its 100GbE testers are gaining widespread acceptance by network equipment, component, and subassembly manufacturers and service providers in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

"This milestone is important to JDSU because it tells us that we are delivering the right 100GbE test solutions to our customers at a critical time for them, for us, and for the industry," notes Dave Holly, president of JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "Intense competition and the need to drive growth while reducing operating costs make test and network management a vital component for all manufacturers and service providers seeking the reliable delivery of 100GbE."

The JDSU 100GbE test suite evaluates and verifies components, subassemblies, and network equipment and is developed to help service providers ensure reliable performance on new network builds.

The Opnext TRC5E20ENF CFP module is designed to support the 100GBase-LR4 interface in the IEEE Draft 100-Gigabit Ethernet standard. This CFP MSA module is sampling and available to customers.

On the Web:www.opnext.com; www.jdsu.com

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