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Transmode announces next generation of high-density and low-power Terabit Packet Transport Switch

WDM and Next Generation Optical Networking, Nice France and Stockholm, Sweden - 23rd June 2015 - Transmode, a global supplier of packet optical networking solutions, today announced the launch of the PT-Fabric, a next-generation modular terabit switching solution that takes Packet Transport and Ethernet switching in metro access, metro aggregation and metro core networks to terabit levels and 100G networking.


Transmode’s new PT-Fabric extends the company’s Native Packet Optical architecture to terabit switching with a new optical frontplane-equipped EMXP III switching unit supporting up to 960Gbit/s of switching in a single module. The innovative optical frontplane takes VCSEL (vertical cavity surface emitting laser) technology used in supercomputing and brings it to data transport equipment for the first time. This new frontplane is used to create the PT-Fabric by interconnecting the EMXP III switch with 10G and 100G I/O modules or directly to local third-party switches or routers.

The frontplane enables the PT-Fabric to be deployed in any combination of available slots in single or multiple TM-Series chassis and in any of the approximately 20,000 medium or large sized TM-Series chassis shipped to date. Multiple PT-Fabrics can be deployed in a single chassis giving a total of 4 terabits of switching within a chassis.

With power consumption at low as 20 watts per 100G, when equipped with eight 100G ports, and very high switching density, the PT-Fabric is industry leading in terms of low-power and high-density for products within this class. The PT-Fabric is planned to be available in Q4 2015.

Sten Nordell, Transmode’s Chief Technology Officer, commented, “Transmode has been at the forefront of the rapid migration to metro and regional packet-optical transport solutions and was the leading vendor of P-OTS products in EMEA in 2014, according to analyst firm IHS Infonetics. The introduction of the PT-Fabric scales our P-OTS networks to terabit switching and true 100G networking. This is achieved while maintaining Transmode’s core values of cost efficiency throughout the lifespan of the product coupled with high performance in key transport characteristics such as latency, superior synchronization support and high levels of Ethernet and MPLS-TP functionality.”

The Native Packet Optical architecture now extends from customer premise demarcation devices, to the EMXP II/IIe family for 1G/10G to 10G/100G metro aggregation and now to the PT-Fabric for 10G/100G networking in the metro. This is all supported with a common set of CE2.0-based functionality and common software spans applications from the customer premise to the core network. Recent software releases for the entire family include industry leading P-OTS capabilities such as advanced 1+1 and N+N Multi-Chassis LAG and Ring on LAG protection schemes for highly resilient network architectures.

About Transmode
Transmode is a global provider of packet-optical networking solutions that enable fixed line and mobile network operators to cost effectively address the capacity needs created by the rapid growth in video and data traffic. These solutions are important building blocks in next-generation high-speed optical networks that support services such as broadband backhaul, mobile data backhaul, video delivery services and cloud computing.

Transmode’s solutions are designed to increase the capacity, flexibility and functionality of metro and regional networks and are based on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and transport technologies such as Ethernet. Transmode’s Native Packet Optical 2.0 architecture gives customers key advantages such as cost efficient Ethernet services, ultra-low latency, low power consumption and future proof network design.

Transmode is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange (TRMO). Since 2000 the company has installed more than 50,000 systems for over 650 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions in over 50 countries across the globe.

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