MSA specifications help standardise EDFAs

Agere Systems, Alcatel Optronics and Nortel Networks have announced a multi-source agreement (MSA) for compact Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifiers (EDFAs) used in optical networking systems.

The agreement establishes a standard that specifies uniformity for product package outlines, pin function definitions, and optical and electrical characteristics.

Agere, Alcatel Optronics and Nortel Networks will independently develop and market compact EDFAs based on the standard, ensuring that optical systems manufacturers have a choice among compatible sources.

Compact EDFA devices target single-channel or narrow-band applications from the metro edge to ultra long haul, and are typically used when a quantity of channels are split off of the main networking path to a switch elsewhere in the network.

The MSA specifications will be made available shortly.