II-VI joins MSA group for wavelength-tuneable transceivers

Created September 13, 2021
News and Business

Optical communications components and subsystems vendor II‐VI Incorporated says it has joined the SmartTunable Multi-Source Agreement (STM) group) for wavelength-tuneable transceivers. II-VI joins as a founding member alongside Lumentum, which set up the group in September 2021. The aim of the group is to bring together market leaders of full C-band wavelength-tuneable transceivers to enable interoperable self-tuning optics (STO).

Lumentum says that in contrast to fixed wavelength transceivers, tuneable solutions require only a single part number allowing for easier forecasting and inventory management. Incorporating the plug-and-play, self-tuneable feature adds an extra layer of automation which further simplifies network installation and operation practices. Self-tuneable DWDM pluggables eliminate the need for labelling or tracking fibres, reducing the overall operational cost for service providers. Additionally, the self-tuning functionality does not require new integration within systems, the function can be enabled or disabled.


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When TSFP+/TSFP28 modules are inserted into the corresponding electrical ports in the central office and the remote site, both modules automatically start the automatic tuning process. The process ensures that the modules tune to the channel determined by the DWDM filter (Mux/Demux) which both modules are connected to. After completion of the automatic tuning process, both modules fix their wavelengths and move into normal operation. The modules shall appear as regular tuneable products to the host system once self-tuning is completed.

“The algorithms developed by the SmartTunable MSA will improve OpEx and CapEx for our end users by simplifying the deployment of their systems, reducing technician time in the field, and eliminating the need for tuning equipment,” said Dr. Lee Xu, Sr. Vice President, Transceivers Business Unit. “Our customers will greatly appreciate the efficiency and streamlined operations achieved through this standardisation effort, as they ramp-up DWDM system deployments to support high speed wireline and 5G wireless broadband services.”

“With the SmartTuning MSA, 5G mobile service providers will be able to better optimise their network architectures with easy-to-integrate, cost-effective, and automated optical networking solutions,” said Justin Abbott, Lumentum’s director of Product Line Management, Telecom Transmission. “This development should also accelerate the expansion of 5G network infrastructure by enabling more network automation, which results in less technician time in the field and lower ongoing network operating costs.”

For more information, visit www.smarttunable-msa.org.




This article was written
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.