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11 September, 2012 - 13:56 By Tony Quested

European bow after US wow for Polatis switch

European bow after US wow for Polatis switch

Polatis Inc. in Cambridge UK will be parading new, all-optical switch technology for the first time in Europe during the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) at the Amsterdam RAI from September 17-19.

The latest Series 6000 optical matrix switch is already taking America by storm after release to the US market earlier this year.

It is now being shipped to major customers within government, telecom and datacentre applications and the company is currently experiencing a healthy backlog of orders for the product. CEO Gerald Wesel said: “Since its launch we have had considerable demand for the Series 6000 from both current customers and new prospects, who appreciate the unique combination of high optical performance and reliability with a larger matrix size.  

“The Series 6000 is now being deployed in the most challenging applications as the benchmark for all-optical switching.” All of Polatis’ all-optical switches are based on the company’s patented DirectLight beam-steering technology which makes optical connections entirely independent of the colour, direction or power level of light on the fibre. This enables switching of dark fibre as well as high power and bi-directional traffic for mission-critical government, telecom, datacentre and video applications.

Government agencies use Polatis DirectLight switches to secure, manage, provision and maintain their communications networks. Polatis provides the ability to meet critical requirements to reroute signals without degrading the physical layer infrastructure, with very low insertion loss, crosstalk and back reflection.

Telecom and datacentre architects are working on innovative designs using optical switches to handle the explosive growth in traffic to support new and emerging video and cloud based services.

Polatis DirectLight switches are ideally suited for use in telecom networks and datacentres as they meet the stringent performance and reliability requirements of these applications with exceptionally low loss, fast switching and low power consumption in a compact rack-mount chassis.

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