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Transmode sets the industry standard for Low Latency Transport at 4 nanoseconds


Stockholm - Transmode, a leading supplier of optical networking solutions, today announced latency performance of up to 1000 times better than comparable solutions for applications such as algorithmic trading, cloud computing, data center interconnect and video distribution.

Recent changes at the application level such as the introduction of algorithmic trading have changed the performance requirements on optical networking platforms from “low enough to support synchronous Fibre Channel” to “as low as practicably possible”. This brings competitive advantage to Transmode’s customers and enabling them to win deals where latency is critical.

Latency in optical networks is driven by three main components. Firstly the latency of the fiber, which is largely driven by the route the operator has chosen, at approximately 5 microseconds per km. Secondly, in long distance networks, Dispersion Compensating Fiber can add a further 20-25% to the latency. Transmode offers Fiber Bragg Grating-based dispersion compensation units, which remove this additional latency. Thirdly, there is the latency associated with the WDM system and its associated opto-electronics. Here, Transmode’s customers can further differentiate themselves with the lowest possible latency.

Specifically Transmode’s TS-Series and TM-Series Transparent 2.5G and 10G Transponders provide between 4 and 10 nanoseconds per transponder pair, depending on the protocol speed, which is equivalent to adding only 1 to 2 meters of fiber to the overall route. These Transponders support any service from 100M to 2.7G such as 1G and 2G Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet, and all 8/10G protocols including 8G and 10G Fibre Channel and 10G LAN and WAN PHY Ethernet

Units that require data processing, such as Integrated Layer 2 Ethernet devices, clearly have more latency, but here Transmode can also provide industry leading performance. For example, Transmode’s Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponder has less than 2 microseconds latency and close to zero jitter. This latency performance is at least 2 to 3 times better than comparable Ethernet switches.

"My team has always designed solutions for the edge of the optical network, which drives engineers to carefully consider exactly what goes in or stays out of the solutions we design. This ultimately has a large impact on the cost, power consumption and latency of our solutions,” said Mohamad Ferej, Vice President R’n’D at Transmode. ”It is great to see that the recent changes in applications really enable our customers to capitalize on this Transmode low latency advantage. Our unique design enables customers to win deals where the latency is absolutely critical and our solutions are giving them the edge they need to win.”

About Transmode

Transmode is a leading provider of optical networking solutions for transport of data, voice and video traffic, based on CWDM and DWDM technology (Coarse/Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing).

Transmode’s unique Intelligent WDM (iWDM™) approach has lead to widespread deployment of over 10000 systems in a customer base consisting of more than 250 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Transmode’s comprehensive product portfolio and strong global organization enable our customers to grow the capacity and to improve service level of their regional, metro and metro access networks, on a cost-efficient basis without compromising on functionality.

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