Fujitsu Debuts Compact Optical Transceivers for GPON Transmission

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of the world’s first optical transceiver technology capable of operating across a temperature range of -40C (-40F) to 85C (185F). These devices, which can also receive burst signals widely with varying optical power, are designed for application in Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) systems that are being deployed primarily in North America to enable high speed broadband access.

Fujitsu plans to begin sales of two optical transceiver products for Optical Line Terminal (OLT) systems based on this new technology in SFP[1] and SFF[2] formats at the end of April 2007. These products will ensure system margins that tolerate wide variations in the received optical power, resulting in dramatic improvements in optical transmission performance and enabling GPON equipment to be much more compact. These features, in turn, enable much greater flexibility in network deployments.

With ever-increasing demand for broadband access bandwidth on both backbone networks and residential networks, there is a strong need for optical transceivers that can support highly-reliable, high-capacity networks capable of delivering a wide range of applications.

Fiber-optic lines are being deployed in residential networks to support subscribers’ increasing bandwidth requirements. These lines initially supported transmission speeds of 150 Mbps, but currently offer gigabit-level speeds. In North America, the ITU-T[3] GPON standard is viewed as a likely candidate for its affinity to existing SONET networks, with demand expected to rise considerably. In a GPON network, the central office equipment is connected to subscriber premises via a star coupler, receiving subscriber signals with time-division multiplexing. Because distances to subscriber premises will vary, the central office equipment must be able to receive burst signals that vary in the received optical powers by a factor of up to 100 times.

Furthermore, since the central office equipment may be located outdoors, it must be able to operate over a wide temperature range, and a single unit should be able to accommodate multiple optical transceivers, meaning that the transceivers themselves should be compact.

The new Fujitsu transceivers meet these challenges thanks to the following technological achievements:

  • A proprietary chip capable of receiving high-speed signals, with burst signals varying in the received optical powers by a factor of more than 1000 times
  • High-efficiency heat-dissipation construction and control circuitry for steady operation over broad temperature ranges, High-density mounting technology

Fujitsu aims to increase its share of the North American optical transceiver market for optical subscriber line systems with the introduction of these products.

Key Features

1. ITU-T standard optical transceivers
These transceivers fully comply with ITU-T G.984.2 Class B+, the standard for GPON, with support for separate upstream and downstream signal frequencies.

2. Wide dynamic range for incoming burst signals gives greater system expandability
Fujitsu’s proprietary CMOS chip and burst-reception technology allow for incoming signals with received optical powers that vary by more than 1000 times. These transceiver performance improvements enable GPON deployments supporting more than the type 32 subscribers per port and at longer distances than the industry standard 20 km.

3. Ability to withstand a broad range of temperatures for outdoor installations
High-efficiency heat-dissipation construction and control circuitry for stable operation over a wide temperature range mean these transceivers can operate reliably at temperatures from -40C (-40F ) to 85C (185F), which make them well-suited for installation in demanding outdoor environments.

4. Plug-and-pull compatible for ease of maintenance and expansion
Fujitsu’s proprietary compact device technologies and high-density mounting technologies result in a product roughly 20% smaller than existing optical transceivers in the SFP format. These devices will make it easier to maintain or expand networks without disrupting existing services.

Product samples will be on exhibit at Fiber Optic Expo (FOE2007) in Tokyo from January 24 to 26, 2007.

Availability: End of April 2007

Sales Target: One billion yen in sales for FY 2007 (year ending March 31, 2008)

[1] SFP: Small Form-Factor Pluggable. A compact transceiver package for industry-standard gigabit bands designed to be able to be inserted with power supply in place.
[2] SFF: Small Form-Factor. An industry-standard compact transceiver package with standardized dimensions and pin layouts.
[3] ITU-T: International Telecommunications Union-Telecommunication Sector. International body that sets standards for telephony and electronic communications.

About Fujitsu Ltd
Fujitsu (TSE: 6702; US: FJTSY) is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.