MRV Announces All Optical 100 Gbps Cross Connect For Test Lab Automation
CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MRV COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (Nasdaq: MRVC), a leading provider of products and services for out-of-band networking, optical transport, metro Ethernet, and fiber optic components today announced the Optical Cross Connect 320 (OCC 320), a new high data-rate, all optical physical layer switch as the latest member of its family of test automation products (TAP) for automating network equipment test environments.
The 320-port, single-mode fiber-based OCC offers high-bandwidth network equipment manufacturers, carriers and enterprises an optimized, all-optical test lab solution able to support next-generation data rates to 100 Gbps.
The "wire-once" technology of a physical layer switch turns the practice of manually configuring test topologies into a software process, eliminating the step of cabling devices for each test. Dynamic tests can be performed with the addition of test scripts or other software automation products that also provide reservation and inventory capabilities. Wire-once architecture not only speeds up test time, it minimizes retesting due to configuration or contamination errors caused by manual configuration of topologies.
"The industry buzz is that 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps protocols are technologies of the future, but the truth is that many of our customers are testing them today," said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV Communications. "Launching the OCC 320 not only expands our test automation product family so that we can offer a full line of wire-once solutions, but it helps our customers bring these future technologies to market more quickly."
The OCC 320 is based on three-dimensional Microelectromechanical Systems (3D-MEMS) switching matrix that allows transparent switching of single-mode fiber connections in less than 20 ms with a typical insertion loss of 2.0 dB. This technology makes the OCC 320 ideal for maintaining optical attributes when testing high data rate LAN-, WAN-, or WDM-based equipment.
"With major industry players growing their carrier businesses to meet rising bandwidth requirements, it is imperative that test labs be able to evaluate equipment at the highest possible data rate," said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst for Heavy Reading. "In addition to testing maximum bandwidth, labs need to be able to test numerous devices in rapid succession, which plays to the unique architecture of this optical cross-connect product and the wear and tear saved from only wiring the system once."
The OCC supports 640 fiber terminations via 320x320 switching matrix and can be expanded in steps of eight bi-directional ports. This high reliability device boasts a nearly 12-year mean time between failure on any of its optical data paths through use of a redundant configuration processors with independent control and data buses.
The OCC 320 is immediately available from MRV sales representatives worldwide. More information is available at www.mrv.com/tap
About MRV Communications, Inc.
MRV Communications, Inc. ("MRV") is a leading provider of network equipment and services, and optical components. MRV's networking business provides equipment used by commercial customers, governments and telecommunications service providers, and includes switches, routers, physical layer products and out-of-band management products as well as specialized networking products for aerospace, defense and other applications including voice and cellular communication. MRV's optical components business provides optical communications components for metropolitan, access and Fiber-to-the-Premises applications, through its wholly owned subsidiary SourcePhotonics, Inc. MRV markets and sells its products worldwide through a variety of channels, including a dedicated direct sales force, manufacturers' representatives, value-added-resellers, distributors and systems integrators. MRV also has operations in Europe that provide network system design, integration and distribution services that include products manufactured by third-party vendors, as well as internally developed and manufactured products. Publicly traded since 1992, MRV is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol MRVC. For more information about MRV and its products, please call (818) 773-0900 or visit our websites at www.mrv.com and www.sourcephotonics.com.
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