II-VI Incorporated Unveils Pluggable OTDR for Embedded Network Monitoring
PITTSBURGH, February 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks today unveiled its pluggable Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) for embedded network monitoring applications in carrier and data center networks.
According to ElectroniCast Consultants, the worldwide use of embedded OTDR modules is forecast to achieve significant growth over the next five years. The pluggable OTDR fills the need for improved operational efficiency from carriers and data center operators. The full realization of software defined networking requires the characterization and continuous monitoring of the fiber plant. The II-VI pluggable OTDR is a compact device with standard interfaces and powered by complex digital processing to analyze data in real time. Equipment manufacturers can now monitor data on fiber plant quality both at system start-up and during operation to ensure that decision making is based on optimum information when and where it is needed.
“The capability to permit an OTDR test simultaneously, with advanced early detection, fault location and optical link loss notification, is critical in today’s optical communications networks, especially when considering the need for software-based wavelength rerouting,” said Stephen Montgomery, director of the fiber optic component group and president of ElectroniCast Consultants. “Pressures to improve service-level agreements are driving the use of embedded OTDR modules,” Montgomery added.
“Our highly successful embedded OTDR platform has been deployed in volume by multiple OEMs and carriers for over two years,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “We are breaking new ground with the introduction of a highly compact pluggable OTDR module, with instrument level capabilities that can be integrated in transport networks.”
The size of the new product is 50% smaller than II-VI’s existing solution and can be configured with an optical switch to monitor two fibers alternatively. The pluggable OTDR features an XFP control interface and can be plugged into a standard XFP receptacle. The product is currently being sampled and will be generally available in Q3 2017.