Transition Networks, Inc. announced at BICSI this week the ION 4110, a protocol independent fiber to fiber repeater that supports data rates from 1 Gbps to 11.5 Gbps. This any-rate to same-rate device will allow IT managers to extend the reach of their high-speed backbone networks without the need to upgrade their fiber-optic cabling infrastructure. See below for an excerpt from the press release:
As innovative networking technologies and speeds are established, additional cabling standards are introduced simultaneously to support them. Organizations deploying these new technologies are faced with two options: incur the expense of upgrading cable plants to the latest standards to support maximum transmission distances, or find ways to utilize existing cabling resources while still taking advantage of the new technologies.
The ION 4110 repeats the data signals and transmits them over the fiber cabling already available to organizations within their existing networks. This could include single mode fiber to multimode fiber applications, as well as multimode to multimode.
The Telecommunications Industry Association has defined four grades of multimode fiber-optic cable (OM1 – OM4), each of which has different characteristics and transmission capacity. OM1 is a widely installed grade of fiber-optic cable; however, it limits 10 Gigabit Ethernet transmission distances to just 33 meters, compared to OM4 which can transmit 10 Gigabit Ethernet data up to 400 meters.
The ION 4110 re-amplifies, reshapes and retimes (3R) fiber optic signals to restore wavelength integrity, ensuring that data can be repeated multiple times to meet all required network distances, regardless of the type of fiber installed in the network.
“Anytime a network update requires a change to the cabling infrastructure, it becomes a much bigger undertaking,” said Stephen Montgomery, president of ElectroniCast, and industry analyst covering the market for media converters and repeaters. “A product like the ION 4110 should find a strong market because it provides a low-cost and low complexity way to deliver the bandwidth needed.”
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Transition Networks will begin accepting orders in March.