NEW PRODUCTS - February 2010
Draka debuts bend-insensitive MaxCap line
Draka Communications  has introduced bendinsensitive versions of its high-bandwidth multimode product line, MaxCap.
MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 combine two of Draka's technologies: high-capacity multimode fiber and BendBright bend-insensitive fiber technology.
“The new MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 offer provides our customers with premium bending performances in high-end multimode fibers for demanding applications," said Gerard Kuyt, product line manager for multimode fiber at Draka.
High-capacity multimode fibers are ideal for 10 Gbps link applications, which require a higher power budget – for example, when more connectors are needed in data centers. Optical solutions using high-data-rate optical fiber cables are also ideal for lowering data center energy consumption and reducing their carbon footprints.
In cabling routes with tight corners, small footprint data centers or areas with active optical cables, Draka’s new bend-insensitive multimode products will provide additional power margins compared with the bending performance of regular multimode fibers, the company said.
MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 use Draka’s patented plasma-activated chemical vapor deposition (PCVD) fiber production process. Draka’s global multimode market share sits at 25 percent, according to KMI Research, CRU Group. To date, more than 1 million fiber kilometers of Draka fiber with BendBright technology has been deployed worldwide.
JDSU intros mid-range OTDR
JDSU  has introduced a field-interchangeable, single-slot optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) module for the T-BERD/MTS-4000 platform.
The module supports metro and FTTx networks by combining OTDR, power meter and laser source capabilities into a single instrument. The metro/access midrange OTDR adds these performance benefits:
- A stabilized light source and power meter option for insertion loss measurement to help reduce the number of tools in the field.
- PON-optimized dynamic range for testing through splitters.
- The ability to perform inservice testing – all OTDR lasers are coupled into one port, so a separate port is not required for live fiber testing (a filtered version tests live fibers at 1625 nm or 1650 nm).
- Traffic detection that will alert the user if they have connected to a live fiber and will inhibit the transmission of any test pulse down the fiber.
- An automated bend detection mode that enables immediate identification and location of macro and micro bends. The OTDR, according to JDSU, addresses the need for a more versatile solution that keeps pace with the growth of metro/access networks.
The company has also released a set of Ethernet OAM capabilities that enable technicians to verify Ethernet OAM features in a carrier Ethernet network. Available for the JDSU T-BERD/MTS-6000A Multi-Services Application Module, T-BERD/MTSDraka’s bend-insensitive MaxCap multimode fiber JDSU intros mid-range OTDR 8000 Transport Module and HST-3000 Ethernet Service Interface Module, the new capabilities help carriers meet end-to-end service-level agreements and deliver differentiated Ethernet services.
And JDSU has announced a tripleplay service quality test suite for the HST-3000 Handheld Services Tester and T-BERD/MTS-4000 Multiple Services Test Platform. Using the JDSU Class of Service (CoS) test suite software option, field technicians can simulate real-world triple-play service use at the customer site, enabling effective analysis and troubleshooting of triple-play services running at the same time.
"JDSU continues to bring to market innovative fiber field test solutions that meet the performance requirements of FTTx, CWDM and triple-play services being deployed worldwide," said Enzo di Luigi, general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment.
Thomson launches next-gen set-top, gateways
Thomson  has launched its latest HD settop box, the 805 HD platform, as well as three new gateways.
Available with or without a hard disk for PVR functionality, the 805 set-top includes embedded memory to enable OTT services and other functions, including time-shifting.
“Our third-generation 805 HD platform not only packs in the most comprehensive functionality, it does so with low power consumption in a small footprint device – a fully featured option for operators that want to marry the best of the broadcast and broadband content worlds,” said Georges Laplanche, senior vice president of Thomson’s Connect Division.
The 805 platform can be tailored to the needs of each operator. Interfaces are available for DVB-T and DVB-T2 for terrestrial television, as well as for DVB-S and DVB-S2 for satellite broadcasting. The PVR version can be supplied with a scalable 2.5-inch hard disk in accordance with operators’ requirements.
Thomson has also introduced the TG784n and TG797n xDSL gateways, which offer advanced functionality, including fiber and copper connectivity. And the TG797n includes DECT telephony in a single device.
The gateways feature a CPU with a hardware accelerator for high performance, allowing them to support more than 100 Mbps throughputs on fiber, as well as on ADSL2+ and VDSL broadband feeds. They include a four-port gigabit Ethernet switch and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The gateways can also include dual concurrent Wi-Fi channels (2.4 and 5 GHz), allowing the 5 GHz channel to be dedicated to in-home wireless video distribution.
Finally, Thomson has unveiled the TG1700 gateway to take advantage of the latest developments in fiber-to-the-home. With the TG1700, operators will be able to provide broadcast television, interactive video, and very-high-speed data and telephony services.
The TG1700 gateway adds an integrated GPON interface, reaching up to 2.5 Gbps in downstream and 1.25 Gbps in upstream bandwidth. To benefit from the speed on the LAN side, the gateway supports an integral gigabit Ethernet router, providing high-speed connectivity between devices and the network. It also includes a Wi-Fi base station with 802.11n capabilities to stream data – including rich media content – anywhere in the home.