Intel has launched a telecommunications-grade optical transceiver capable of being tuned across the entire band of channels employed by carriers.
Previously, each of the 80 channels in the optical ‘C-band,’ the spectrum used by carriers for metropolitan and long-distance transport, required a transceiver set to a specific frequency.
The new 10-Gbit/sec Intel TXN13600 Tunable Optical Transceiver uses thermal tuning and wavelength-locking technology to enable tuning across the entire C-band.
As a result, metropolitan and long-haul transport systems can be designed around one modular component, instead of 80 separate devices, reducing development and hardware costs.
The Intel TXN31600 Tunable Optical Transceiver and its independently available tunable laser are currently sampling.
The transceiver will be available in production quantities in the second half of 2004 and is priced at $7,000.