XKL launches DQT10 transponder designed for optimal performance and customer control

Created January 19, 2017
Technologies and Products

XKL LLC, a provider of fibre optic networking systems, has launched its DQT10 transponder. An extension of the DQM10 family of DWDM appliances, the DQT10 multiplexes waves outside of XKL’s typical integrated 1RU form factor, thereby allowing network growth to 96 channels and augmentation of existing networks via alien wave injection.

Designed with network architecture flexibility in mind, DQT10 has an integrated digital ROADM providing Add/Drop functionality with soft-select configuration that implements the creation of circuits between any pair of clients in a topology by soft-selecting the pathway.

The DQT10 is field-upgradable from 120G to 240G to 360G and can grow up to 96 channels with 960G of bandwidth in 4RU of rack space. Offering customers improved control of their bandwidth future, the DQT10 system is easily integrated with 100GE products, DQT100, to further increase bandwidth capacity. Like all XKL products, the DQT10 integrates Bit Error Rate (BER) testing, that proves useful when commissioning systems or mitigating potential link issues in an already operational network.

“The 10G market for WDM equipment continues to be robust with 10G port shipments forecast to grow through 2017,” commented Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director of analyst firm IHS Markit. “With the addition of the DQT10 transponder to its portfolio, XKL recognizes the continuing importance of delivering reliable, modular and flexible 10G solutions into this market, while also evolving to meet customer demand for improved scale and efficiency.”

“At XKL, we are always looking for ways to innovate and give control directly to the customer,” comments Chad Lamb, Director of Engineering for XKL. “The DQT10 allows for seamless bandwidth upgrades and simple pairings between 10G and 100G products for increased capacity. What I like best about DQT10 is its use of alien wave injection to expand existing optical transport networks that could have been provided by a different vendor. That kind of flexibility is what today’s customers are looking for.”

Key features
1. Digital ROADM and FlexArc technology, provides add/drop functionality and point-to-point, ring and mesh topologies
2. Low power consumption and smaller footprint, reducing recurring costs
3. Pay as you grow options when additional capacity is needed
4. High density of up to 36x10G in 1RU, and up to 96 x 10G in 4RU
5. Seamless integration from 10G to 100G coherent products
6. Multi-degree support of three degrees per location, without involving Layer 2/3 equipment

For more information on DQT10 and other XKL products, please visit xkl.com

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.