Finisar Australia releases first Quad 4x1x9 wavelength selective switch

Created March 16, 2020
Technologies and Products

Finisar Australia, the wholly-owned subsidioary of II-VI, has released what it claims is the world’s first quad 4x1x9 wavelength selective switch (WSS) for use in next-generation reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) communication networks. An extension of Finisar Australia’s twin low-profile liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) platform, the Flexgrid quad low-profile WSS integrates four independent WSS units in a single module, enabling 4 degrees of broadcast and select or 2 degrees of route and select functionality in a single low-profile line card.

The Flexgrid quad low-profile WSS complements Finisar’s range of production WSS configurations comprising port counts from a single 1×2 to a twin 2x2x34 and channel widths from legacy fixed 50/100 GHz to arbitrary customer-controllable channels using Flexgrid technology.

Building on extensive LCoS WSS experience gained from over 8 billion operating hours in the field, Finisar Australia continues to innovate with exciting new LCoS WSS platforms and products that enable new applications for our customers worldwide.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.