Sunday, March 21, 2010

Vendors Showcase 100G at OFC/NFOEC

Infinera, Juniper, Finisar, Opnext are collaborating on a live demonstration of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) interoperability at this week's OFC/NFOEC conference and exhibition in San Diego. The companies are showing the ability to pass 100 GigE traffic between a router and an optical transport system using two different CFP optical transceivers implementing the IEEE 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 draft standard.

The demonstration features a Juniper Networks T1600 Core Router and an Infinera DTN optical system exchanging 100 GigE traffic using 100 Gbps pluggable CFP optical transceiver modules from Finisar and Opnext. The 100 GigE signals are generated by test sets supplied by Exfo and Ixia. The demonstration also includes Reflex Photonics' 100GBASE-SR10 CFP modules.

The companies said the availability and interoperability of pluggable CFP modules from multiple vendors will be key to widespread deployment of 100 Gigabit Ethernet networking equipment such as routers, switches and optical transport gear.

The Infinera DTN 100 Gigabit Ethernet tributary interface module and the Juniper 100 Gigabit Ethernet physical interface card in this demonstration are the latest prototypes and are fully compliant with the most recent IEEE 802.3ba draft specification and CFP MSA.

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