Sunday, June 3, 2007

Fujitsu Debuts Packet Optical Networking Platform

Fujitsu Network Communications unveiled its new optical networking flagship -- the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform -- designed to provide modular integration of Ethernet, ROADM, and SONET transport technologies via a single addressable optical networking class element. Target applications include as a metro transport and aggregation platform for Triple-play Services; in Core Metro/Regional Networks, where the platform integrates and collapses complete ROADM and NGADM devices into a single network element with next-generation grooming capabilities; in Ethernet Services Networks, where the system supports the full range of E-Line and E-LAN services, as well as today's popular Ethernet over SONET services; and in Wireless Backhaul, where the system can manage latency-sensitive applications due to unified support for native TDM and connection-oriented Ethernet.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 features a patent-pending universal switch fabric that allows both SONET-based traffic and packet-based traffic to be switched, groomed, and managed in its native format without any form of circuit-emulation technology. Fujitsu said its FLASHWAVE 9500 system will support pseudowire and MPLS technologies to deliver connection-oriented Ethernet, and provide private-line equivalent QoS in a unified Ethernet services network.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform also delivers full ROADM operational simplicity and optical transmission performance at a leading density and cost-point. It offers up to 480G of SONET or packet bandwidth in one third of a rack. The platform integrates full ROADM functionality by supporting a two-degree, 40G-ready ROADM in one quarter of a shelf, while allowing easy expansion to multiple degrees.

Network management is provided through Fujitsu's existing suite of tools, including the NETSMART 500 craft user interface, NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS), and the NETSMART 2000 planning tool.