Monday, March 20, 2006

Fujitsu Enhances FLASHWAVE 7420 Optical Platform

Fujitsu Network Communications announced significant enhancements to its FLASHWAVE 7420 wavelength access platform.

The FLASHWAVE 7420 wavelength access platform is fully incorporated into the Fujitsu WDM portfolio through a four-year OEM relationship with ADVA Optical Networking. The system will multiplex and offer transport for high-speed voice, video, data and storage applications.

The carrier-class platform, available in both a standard (seven rack unit) and slimline (one rack unit) chassis version, can be used to increase bandwidth and service flexibility, while supporting new revenue-generating opportunities for high-speed Ethernet and Storage Area Network (SAN) services. Individual wavelengths can be provisioned with or without protection to offer QoS differentiation.

Major new features on the FLASHWAVE 7420 wavelength access platform include:

  • Simultaneous Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) capabilities on a single FLASHWAVE 7420 chassis, as well as seamless migration of services between both technologies

  • A full suite of Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gbps Small Form-factor Pluggable (XFP) optics that offer integrated amplification, signal conditioning, embedded communications, and optical protection, in addition to carrier-class transport for multiple services up to 10 Gbps

  • Transmission of 80 protected wavelengths (increasing from 32 protected wavelengths in prior releases) to allow up to 640 separate services to be transported over a single pair of fibers

  • Support for transmission distances of up to 200 km across a single span and new Raman amplification modules that support network distances beyond 1000 km without regeneration

  • New management and provisioning functionality includes support for a Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane, Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Optical Transport Network (OTN) aggregation, and G.709 digital wrapper technology. When combined with existing support for an Optical Supervisory Channel (OSC) and an Embedded Communications Channel (ECC), the FLASHWAVE 7420 platform offers unmatched operation and service provisioning capabilities from any node on the network.

The same NETSMART 1500 Element Management System that manages existing Fujitsu SONET and WDM network elements can also be used to manage the FLASHWAVE 7420 platform and provision services on demand.

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