SAN DIEGO Nistica Inc., a start-up developing component-level Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (Roadm), has signed a pact with Finisar Corp. to distribute its Fledge family of Roadm components in Europe, China, and North America. The deal augments an earlier pact Nistica signed with Fujikura for distribution in Japan and manufacturing in Vietnam.
The deal, announced at the Optical Fibers in Communications conference here, is concurrent with the release of a new Roadm, FullFledge, based on micromirror technology from Texas Instruments Inc. Nistica chief executive Ashish Vengsarkar said this particular Roadm is intended for the metro core, while previous Fledge devices are used at the edge of metro networks.
"By using the TI micromirrors, the channel spacing itself can be programmable, through the patterns of which mirrors are activated," Vengsarkar said. "A programmable channel plan allows your whole network to be reconfigurable."
Full Fledge is a 1-by-2 WSS device designed for ring-based Roadm applications. It can support 40-Gbit/sec transmission, and is cascadable over 24 nodes. Vengsarkar said Nistica is working to upgrade the component to full 100-Gbit/sec capability since many metro network operators have plans for rapid upgrades to 100-Gbit cores.
The component will be small enough to integrate on single-slot line cards.
As part of its distribution deal, Finisar invested in Nistica's second funding round totaling $10 million. Vengsarkar said Finisar not only had a significant global presence, "but also a unique position in the data center and in data applications for telecom, so they bring a distinct customer base to metro Roadm applications."