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GLIMMERGLASS AWARDED $10 MILLION LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS
CONTRACT TO PROVIDE ADVANCED PHOTONIC SWITCHING FABRICS
Equipment Provider to Deliver Integral Components
for Next-Generation All-Optical Networking Solutions
May 5, 2004 – Glimmerglass,
a pioneer of transparent connectivity solutions, today announced
that it has been awarded a $10 million contract to supply Lambda
OpticalSystems, an advanced optical network solutions provider,
with its carrier-class REFLEXION switching fabrics over the next
two years. Glimmerglass has already delivered more than $1 million
worth of fabrics to Lambda OpticalSystems, which incorporates the
Glimmerglass fabrics within its Lambda NODE all-Optical switching
Together, Glimmerglass and Lambda OpticalSystems
worked through the specification and development of the world’s
smallest and highest-performing optical switching fabrics, which
are based on Glimmerglass’ Brilliance microphotonics technology
comprised of a state-of-the-art 3D MEMS architecture and connection-control
software. These components enable Lambda OpticalSystems to deliver
affordable, flexible, and secure all-optical network solutions to
customers. Key customer groups include government agencies that
require reliable high-bandwidth data delivery and telecommunications
carriers pressed to deliver enhanced services as cost-effectively
“Glimmerglass’ technology is a key component
of our optical networking solutions, because it enables the fast,
reliable switching of optical wavelengths from one point to another,”
said Dr. John Taylor, Chairman of Lambda OpticalSystems. “Next
generation networks must be based on a transparent, all-optical
core in order to support and effectively deliver a host of data,
video, and other connection-intensive applications, regardless of
protocol or data rate. Our partnership with Glimmerglass allows
us to exceed the demanding performance requirements of government
agencies and carriers at a fraction of the cost of traditional optical
“Glimmerglass is revolutionizing the way light
moving through fiber is connected across networks,” said Mark
Housley, president and CEO of Glimmerglass. “We are delighted
that Lambda OpticalSystems chose to partner with us for its switching
technology development and product sourcing.”
Lambda OpticalSystems’ all-optical network
solutions combine DWDM technology with an industry-first capability
to switch at the wavelength level. Unlike traditional DWDM networks,
signals do not have to convert from optical to electric and back
to optical again at each network node. Instead, all signal conversion
and protocol-specific functions occur on the edge of the network,
allowing core transmissions to be rapidly switched, routed, protected,
and managed at the individual wavelength level – unobstructed
by traditional switching technology. This capability enables customers
to realize significant cost savings, as it reduces network capital
requirements by up to 80 percent.
“Lambda OpticalSystems’ solution set
is central to extending DWDM networks beyond today’s point-to-point
systems to fully-switched mesh configurations of any complexity,”
said Housley. “The signal conversion savings alone are remarkable.”
Lambda OpticalSystems’ Product Family
Lambda OpticalSystems offers a family of
optical networking products, including the Lambda CREATE™
software suite of integrated network management tools and the Lambda
NODE™ all-Optical switching family. The company’s Lambda
Optical Control Plane (LOCP) enables integrated visibility and management
of the entire end-to-end network from a single dashboard or operation
center. The Lambda NODE 2000 optical switching system is highly
scalable, expandable from 64 to 256 wavelengths in a single bay.
The Lambda NODE 4000 optical switching system supports up to 1024
wavelengths. The Glimmerglass fabrics inside these switching systems
deliver non-blocking connections that enable Lambda NODE systems
to switch both individual wavelengths and wavebands (groups of wavelengths).
When fully equipped, a Lambda NODE 2000 system utilizes eight Glimmerglass
switching fabrics, providing 100 percent redundancy.
The Glimmerglass Product Family
The Glimmerglass REFLEXION family is available
in transparent switching configurations with sub-10ms switching
times and a maximum insertion loss of 3 dB. Glimmerglass REFLEXION
represents the smallest commercial subsystem of its kind due in
part to Glimmerglass’ advanced, patented microphotonics technology.
REFLEXION significantly reduces overall system costs and delivers
unsurpassed reliability and photonic switching performance.
About Lambda OpticalSystems
Lambda OpticalSystems, an advanced optical network
solutions provider, is committed to the development of next-generation
all-optical networks that enable signals to pass through the core
without conversion– enhancing network management efficiency
and affordability. Sevin Rosen Funds and ComVentures, two very highly
respected venture firms with strong track records in successful
telecommunications companies’ investments and business development,
incorporated the company in March of 2003. With a clear new vision
for its future, Lambda OpticalSystems has developed and brought
to market a complete family of optical networking products which
allow end-to-end services delivery and network management over all-optical
networks at the individual wavelength level.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Lambda OpticalSystems
also operates an additional product development location in Holmdel,
New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.lambdaoptcalsystems.com.
Glimmerglass develops and manufactures the
smallest, highest performing, and most reliable transparent connectivity
solutions that manage light at the physical fiber, waveband, and
individual wavelength levels. For more information about Glimmerglass,
visit , send email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call +1 510-780-1800.
Glimmerglass, Brilliance and REFLEXION are trademarks
of Glimmerglass Networks, Inc.
Lambda OPTICAL SYSTEMS,LambdaNODE andLambdaCREATE
are trademarks of Lambda Optical Systems, Inc.
All other trademarks and service marks are the
property of their respective holders.
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