LAS VEGAS JDS Uniphase made its first appearance at NetWorld+Interop this week touting its move into full system implementations of Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing equipment.
Richard Mayer, business unit director of network-ready products at JDS's Ottawa, Ontario, facility, said the move into systems had been a slow evolution. The company has long offered stand-alone coarse and dense WDM transponders.
Last year, it began packaging several WDM subassemblies into unmanaged rack-mounted units. With the addition of a management module in the new WaveReady system, JDS Uniphase is offering fully-managed network elements for WDM transmission.
With the capability of offering hybrid CWDM/DWDM mixes, the systems could compete with hybrid transmission units introduced last week by Adva Inc. But Mayer said many users may employ WaveReady for optical path protection switching, or in reach-extension applications, rather than as a direct replacement for an Adva system in a LAN or SAN.
The largest device is the 14-slot WaveReady 3500, which offers full auto-sensing. A smaller 1U system, the WaveReady 3100, integrates two line cards.
A fixed-function WaveReady 2000 family offers vertical-specific support for Gigabit Ethernet extension and optical demarcation. Available CWDM line cards for the new systems include a bi-directional 1310-nm input and 15xx-nm output regenerator along with a bi-directional 850-nm input/15xx-nm output regenerator.