Monday, September 29, 2008

OIF Marks 10th Anniversary -- Starts 100G FEC Technical Work

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) marks the 10th anniversary of its founding next month.

The Forum is gearing up to launch a new 100G Forward Error Correction (FEC) technical project. This follows close on the heels of the OIF's 100G Long Distance DWDM Integrated Photonic Components project announced in August.

The FEC project addresses the propagation challenges facing the optical networking industry in the long-distance application for OTU4 transport. The OIF's goal for the project is to develop a common error correction code that can be implemented cost-effectively in the near term while helping to meet the demanding propagation targets for 100G long-haul transmission in an interoperable way.

The Forward Error Correction for 100G DP-QPSK Long Distance Communication IA will study and seek to reach agreement on an FEC algorithm suitable for long-haul 100G applications. Defining a common basis for a FEC encoder, interleaving and overhead rate will add to the scope of the 100G Long Distance DWDM Transmission Framework IA, creating common building blocks for the long haul communication space. The agreement will complement and support the work already underway defining 100G Ethernet in the IEEE, and the OTU4 of the Optical Transport Hierarchy (OTH) in the ITU-T.

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