FEBRUARY 25, 2008 –- Polatis Inc. today announced its new
high-speed network optical switch module (N-OSM), an all-optical
matrix switch capable of fast switching and protection in the
optical layer. The product will be demonstrated this week at OFC
2008 in San Diego, CA.
The switch module is a high-performance, fully non-blocking
optical switch designed for OEM integration into optical transport
and switching systems. It was designed specifically for network
operators and carrier equipment manufacturers who require small
size, speed, and optical performance in their switches. The N-OSM
can be used in access, metro, storage, undersea, and core networks.
The module features a dedicated RS-232 serial interface for
minimal communications latency and is capable of completing an
entire matrix switchover in less than 10 msec. It has low electrical
power consumption and contains all necessary drive and control
electronics integrated into the module. Module size of 16x16
supports integration onto a 6U card form factor; both standard and
extended (hermetic) packaging are available.
The switches are bidirectional, fully non-blocking, protocol- and
bit-rate-independent, and can handle high optical powers while also
being capable of dark fiber switching. The N-OSM works well for
hybrid OEO/OOO grooming switches, GMPLS and mesh networking, IP over
optical, DWDM reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM),
and equipment or path-protection switching.
The N-OSM will also form the core of all Polatis network optical
switch tray products. The switching fabric can be paired with
integrated optical power monitors for automated fail-over to
preprovisioned protection paths. Both optical switch modules and
optical switch trays have a dedicated ultralow-latency
communications channel for externally triggered protection