Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) has the power to handle high loads of data transfer. How does WDM work? Well, WDM uses different wavelengths of laser light to combine several optical carrier signals into a single fiber. This multiplies the carrying capacity of the fiber. Historically, WDM has been limited to singlemode fiber. This technology is exceptional, but data centers typically cannot use it, since data center applications often require multimode fiber.
CommScope is proud to announce wideband multimode fiber (WBMMF), an innovative new technology that transfers the power of WDM to multimode fiber. WBMMF can carry at least four times more traffic than OM4. How does WBMMF work? It provides at least four lanes within a single fiber, which allows for the use of four data streams operating at 10G each or 25G each. Plus, the signals are multiplexed at each end into the fibers. And even better - because WBMMF provides multiple separate lanes, it enables efficient Bi-directional (BiDi) traffic for proprietary applications.
One of the perks of CommScope WBMMF, besides that it expands the power of WDM to multimode applications, is that it's backwards compatible with legacy optical equipment and connectors; you don't have to replace everything you already have in order to implement WBMMF. By the end of 2016, the TIA is expected to approve standard 942-B, which recognizes WBMMF as an allowed and recommended fiber for data center migration.
Wideband Multimode Fiber - What Is It, And Why Does It Make Sense?
LazrSPEED® Wideband Multimode Fiber (WBMMF) cabling solution is the workhorse media of local area network (LAN) backbones and data centers because it offers the lowest cost means of transporting high data rates for distances aligned with the needs of these environments. Extraordinary rates of data transmission are created with parallel transmission over multiple strands of fiber. While this method is simple and effective, continuation of this trend drives higher cost into the cabling system.
LazrSPEED WBMMF enables at least a four-fold increase in data rate by multiplying data rates via wavelengths. This ensures not only more efficient support for future applications to useful distances, but also complete compatibility with legacy applications. This makes LazrSPEED WBMMF an ideal universal medium that supports not only the applications of the present, but also those of the future.
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