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New uTune Director Tunes DWDM Pluggable Optical Transceivers

September 18, 2012

New uTune Director Tunes DWDM Pluggable Optical Transceivers

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

Optical transceiver company Champion ONE (News - Alert) has launched a new tunable director called uTune Director, which allows network engineers to tune dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) XFP pluggable transceivers prior to plugging them into their network equipment. The developer said that it is a unique appliance that is used to tune and lock the channel so the transceiver can be used as a fixed channel DWDM solution.

According to Champion ONE, this patent pending technology creates the ability for network operators to reduce their investment in sparing requirements for fixed channel DWDM networks and instantly turn up a new DWDM circuit, potentially saving millions of dollars for network operators while increasing network responsiveness.

The developer claims that prior to development of this innovative technique, telecom and datacom network operators who “light” fixed channel XFP based DWDM networks were forced to spare every channel deployed.  Since DWDM networks can support up to 40 channels at 100 GHz spacing and 80 channels at 50 GHz spacing, the sparing requirements can be significant. 

For example, Champion ONE said that the list price of DWDM XFPs from switch vendors can approach $20,000 at 80 channels, which translates to $1.6 million in sparing costs. However, the maker said that uTune Director now virtually eliminates this burden by replacing 80 fixed channel XFP DWDM spares with a single uTune Director that costs less than $7,000.

Hence, the manufacturer said that when uTune Director is applied across multiple networks, service providers can save millions of dollars in infrastructure expenses that can be redeployed to support future network growth.

Per the company’s explanation, the uTune Director is a one-of-a-kind, external appliance, smaller than the size of a college textbook with a built-in LCD and both XFP and SFP+ ports. It is a completely standalone device that does not require a PC or network connection. And utilizes an included external 120 V AC power adapter.

Once tuned in the uTune Director, the tunable optic is removed and deployed into an XFP transceiver port, said Champion ONE. Also, the company said that the optic can be retuned at anytime.  Plus, it provides tuning for up to 50 GHz channel spacing for maximum network support.

In a statement, Champion ONE President Charlie Weinberger said, “The ability to utilize a uTune Director in one’s sparing operations has an instantaneous return on investment for the service provider customer.  Also by maintaining a pair or more of tunable DWDM optics, service providers will enable faster customer turn ups and improve their competitive positioning.”

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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