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Optical Design & Engineering

Multicast switch


NeoPhotonics Corporation announces the sample availability of its PIC-based Multicast Switch for next generation ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) applications. The Multicast Switch is designed in a dual 8x16 configuration, offering 16 drop and add ports and accommodating up to 8 directions. The capabilities of the NeoPhotonics PIC platform also enable support for architectures requiring 8x12 or 8x24 configurations as well as offering the option of integrated power monitoring for each port.

The NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch is intended to build on current ROADM technology to enable next-generation "colorless, directionless and contentionless", or CDC, networks. For example, in a CDC network, the NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch can be coupled with a Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS), which together are designed to direct any wavelength to any port (colorless), accept input wavelength channels from multiple directions (directionless), and be able to drop two identical wavelengths from different directions through the same switch (contentionless). This switching flexibility is intended to improve the efficiency and flexibility of telecommunications networks while reducing overall deployment costs.