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NESC Selects CALIENT and Cyan

June 07, 2012

NESC Selects CALIENT and Cyan

By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

CALIENT’s technology provides a patented deep-silicon plasma etch process technology that can be used in making 3D Optical MEMS mirrors. The company can create products that lead the optical switching industry in performance and manufacturing cost with this process.

Recently, the company joined hands with Cyan Inc. to provide fiber-optic network to deliver a wide range of data services, at speeds up to 10Gbps, to customers in rural Northeast Minnesota to Minnesota Telecom’s Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC).

To provide an inexpensive high add-drop ratio solution with complete remote management, provisioning and testing capabilities, Cyan and CALIENT have developed a colorless, directionless, contentionless (CDC) reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM (News - Alert)) using 3D MEMS photonic switching.

CALIENT’s new S Series Product Line is a family of scalable photonic switches with port densities ranging from 160 to 320 ports. Small form factor, low power consumption, and fast switching speed make the S Series switches highly suited to data center, cloud computing, service provider, and government applications, the company stated in a press release.

“Service provider networks today need the capacity and connectivity that our 3D MEMS technology can deliver, and with the S320 we now offer that technology in a power efficient, small platform that can be remotely managed,” said Atiq Raza, chairman and CEO of CALIENT. “The deployment of photonic switching in the NESC network is an excellent example for other regional service providers of an application where remote unmanned network operation and accompanying low OPEX (News - Alert) is a major benefit.”

Recently, the company promoted Jitender K. Miglani as the vice president of engineering. Jitender will report to Gregory Koss, chief development officer at CALIENT Technologies. Miglani comes with more than 16 years of product development and engineering background. He joined CALIENT Technologies in 2010 as director of software engineering and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of software-related projects for the company's full range of photonic switches.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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