MRV Communications Announces First Shipment of LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 Packet Switching Blade

New OPN 800/1600 Blade is Industry’s First Solution to Support Both ROADM and OEO Crossconnect Functionality

MRV Communications, Inc., today announced the first shipment of its LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600, a packet switching blade that is the core of MRV’s packet optical transport (P-OTS) network system. MRV is a leading networking company with a full line of P-OTS, carrier Ethernet, 40G networking and out-of-band networking products.

The new blade features eight Gigabit Ethernet, either small form-factor pluggable (SFP) or copper ports for access network connections and two 10-Gigabit Ethernet XFP-based ports for connection to the backbone network.

The LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 provides enhanced operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) and end-to-end optical packet service management capabilities to guarantee service level agreements (SLA). These enhanced capabilities include a unique integration of MPLS packets and GMPLS optical transport control plane with carrier Ethernet OAM, including: IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1ag and ITU-T Y.1731, matching the best packet and dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) capabilities. With sub 50ms recovery time, the module’s high availability allows for the highest reliability required to support customer demands.

“Growing user demand for broadband applications is causing an increase in data traffic and driving carriers to migrate toward IP-based networks,” said Noam Lotan, chief executive officer of MRV Communications. “With the LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 module, carriers can transition from legacy networks to packet optical networks in a cost-effective way.”

The addition of the OPN 800/1600 makes the LambdaDriver the industry’s first P-OTS solution supporting both ROADM and optical-electrical-optical (OEO) cross connect functionalities in the same chassis. The LambdaDriver’s DWDM platform blades uses small form-factor pluggable (SFP/XFP) or tunable wavelength interfaces and supports speeds ranging from T1 up to 40G. LambdaDriver simultaneously supports different protocols including time division multiplexing (TDM), and with this new module carriers can make a smooth transition from SONET/SDH towards metro-Ethernet optical transport networks.

Additionally, the module includes digital diagnostic features through its SFPs/XFPs that provide carriers access to real-time operating parameters including optical TX/RX power, voltage and temperature and component information. The digital diagnostics enable administrators to identify potential problems and take preemptive action before any service outage occurs.


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