Stratos Lightwave Introduces New Line of 4-Channel Small Form Factor Optical Links

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Stratos Lightwave LLC

    CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratos Lightwave LLC announces the
 availability of a new line of small form factor (SFF) 4-channel optical links
 for high-performance communication applications.  These devices, like all
 members of Stratos Lightwave's family of multi-channel optical links, meet the
 growing demand for higher-density optical solutions in the increasingly
 crowded and more complex networking and telecommunications equipment space.
     These 4-channel (quad) devices place four transmitters, four receivers, or
 any combination of transmitters and receivers that totals to four, in a
 package double the width of a standard SFF LC transceiver.
     One anticipated application for the new Stratos 4-channel links is
 providing high-performance, VSR (very short reach) optical communications.
 Such applications can be found in rack-to-rack or backbone environments in
 private networks, or in routers and switches handling a mix of SONET and IP
 traffic over distances of 300 meters (1000 feet) or less.  In a parallel
 configuration, with all four transmitters or receivers running at 2.5Gb/s,
 each Stratos 4-channel link provides data communication at 10Gb/s.  And by
 using standard LC fiber optic interfaces, these quads do not require hard-to-
 get connectors nor expensive optical ribbon cable.  Customers can move up to
 10Gb/s data rates while still utilizing much of their existing investment in
 LC-based hardware.  This is a lower cost alternative than WDM (wavelength
 division multiplexing) for high-speed VSR communication.
     Stratos quad optical links are available with a choice of 850nm or 1310nm
 lasers, with virtually any communication protocol up to 2.5Gb/s per channel.
 Furthermore each quad can contain a mix of different optical wavelengths as
 well as a mix of communication protocols.  And, each quad can contain any
 combination of transmitters and receivers, such as three transmitters and one
 receiver.
     Stratos can deliver this unprecedented degree of flexibility because of
 their proprietary modular circuit design, in which each individual transmitter
 and receiver is contained on a separate circuit assembly.  This makes it
 possible for Stratos to "mix-and-match" receivers and transmitters, while
 providing better electrical isolation and increased noise immunity.
     Another benefit of this modular design is that Stratos can deliver
 production quantities of these quads very quickly -- regardless of the
 configuration specified.  Customer requests for new, unique configurations can
 be fulfilled rapidly because the Stratos single-board concept eliminates
 circuit redesigns.  This removes many of the time-consuming obstacles
 typically encountered in reaching manufacturing efficiency.
     Pricing for Stratos 4-channel optical links depends on specific
 configuration, options requested, and quantity ordered.  Delivery is typically
 only 4 to 6 weeks.  For additional information contact Stratos Lightwave LLC,
 Optoelectronic Products, 7444 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL USA 60706-4549.
 Phone: 708-867-9600  FAX:  708-867-0996  E-mail: info@stratoslightwave.com
 URL: www.stratoslightwave.com
 
      Stratos Lightwave LLC is a market leader in high data rate optical
 subsystems, offering superior optical transmission line performance with
 industry leading EMI characteristics.  Stratos was one of the first to offer
 1Gbps 1x9-pin VCSEL transceivers, 2xFibre Channel Small Form Factor (SFF)
 transceivers, Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers, and Telecordia
 (Bellcore)-compliant 1x9-pin gigabit-speed transceivers.  Stratos Lightwave
 LLC is a subsidiary of Stratos Lightwave, Inc.
     Stratos Lightwave, Inc. (Nasdaq:   STLW) develops, manufactures and sells
 optical subsystems and components for high data rate networking, data storage,
 and telecommunications applications.  These optical subsystems are used in
 local area networks (LANs), storage area networks (SANs), metropolitan area
 networks (MANs), wide area networks (WANs), and central office networking in
 the telecommunications market.  The company also designs, manufactures, and
 sells a full line of optical components and cable assemblies for use in these
 networks.  Stratos Lightwave, Inc. is a subsidiary of Methode Electronics,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   METHA).  Stratos Lightwave was recently named to Deloitte &
 Touche's prestigious "Fast 50" Program for Greater Chicagoland.  This is a
 ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area, based on
 five-year revenue growth from fiscal year 1995 through fiscal year 2000.
 
 

SOURCE Stratos Lightwave LLC
    CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratos Lightwave LLC announces the
 availability of a new line of small form factor (SFF) 4-channel optical links
 for high-performance communication applications.  These devices, like all
 members of Stratos Lightwave's family of multi-channel optical links, meet the
 growing demand for higher-density optical solutions in the increasingly
 crowded and more complex networking and telecommunications equipment space.
     These 4-channel (quad) devices place four transmitters, four receivers, or
 any combination of transmitters and receivers that totals to four, in a
 package double the width of a standard SFF LC transceiver.
     One anticipated application for the new Stratos 4-channel links is
 providing high-performance, VSR (very short reach) optical communications.
 Such applications can be found in rack-to-rack or backbone environments in
 private networks, or in routers and switches handling a mix of SONET and IP
 traffic over distances of 300 meters (1000 feet) or less.  In a parallel
 configuration, with all four transmitters or receivers running at 2.5Gb/s,
 each Stratos 4-channel link provides data communication at 10Gb/s.  And by
 using standard LC fiber optic interfaces, these quads do not require hard-to-
 get connectors nor expensive optical ribbon cable.  Customers can move up to
 10Gb/s data rates while still utilizing much of their existing investment in
 LC-based hardware.  This is a lower cost alternative than WDM (wavelength
 division multiplexing) for high-speed VSR communication.
     Stratos quad optical links are available with a choice of 850nm or 1310nm
 lasers, with virtually any communication protocol up to 2.5Gb/s per channel.
 Furthermore each quad can contain a mix of different optical wavelengths as
 well as a mix of communication protocols.  And, each quad can contain any
 combination of transmitters and receivers, such as three transmitters and one
 receiver.
     Stratos can deliver this unprecedented degree of flexibility because of
 their proprietary modular circuit design, in which each individual transmitter
 and receiver is contained on a separate circuit assembly.  This makes it
 possible for Stratos to "mix-and-match" receivers and transmitters, while
 providing better electrical isolation and increased noise immunity.
     Another benefit of this modular design is that Stratos can deliver
 production quantities of these quads very quickly -- regardless of the
 configuration specified.  Customer requests for new, unique configurations can
 be fulfilled rapidly because the Stratos single-board concept eliminates
 circuit redesigns.  This removes many of the time-consuming obstacles
 typically encountered in reaching manufacturing efficiency.
     Pricing for Stratos 4-channel optical links depends on specific
 configuration, options requested, and quantity ordered.  Delivery is typically
 only 4 to 6 weeks.  For additional information contact Stratos Lightwave LLC,
 Optoelectronic Products, 7444 W. Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL USA 60706-4549.
 Phone: 708-867-9600  FAX:  708-867-0996  E-mail: info@stratoslightwave.com
 URL: www.stratoslightwave.com
 
      Stratos Lightwave LLC is a market leader in high data rate optical
 subsystems, offering superior optical transmission line performance with
 industry leading EMI characteristics.  Stratos was one of the first to offer
 1Gbps 1x9-pin VCSEL transceivers, 2xFibre Channel Small Form Factor (SFF)
 transceivers, Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) transceivers, and Telecordia
 (Bellcore)-compliant 1x9-pin gigabit-speed transceivers.  Stratos Lightwave
 LLC is a subsidiary of Stratos Lightwave, Inc.
     Stratos Lightwave, Inc. (Nasdaq:   STLW) develops, manufactures and sells
 optical subsystems and components for high data rate networking, data storage,
 and telecommunications applications.  These optical subsystems are used in
 local area networks (LANs), storage area networks (SANs), metropolitan area
 networks (MANs), wide area networks (WANs), and central office networking in
 the telecommunications market.  The company also designs, manufactures, and
 sells a full line of optical components and cable assemblies for use in these
 networks.  Stratos Lightwave, Inc. is a subsidiary of Methode Electronics,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   METHA).  Stratos Lightwave was recently named to Deloitte &
 Touche's prestigious "Fast 50" Program for Greater Chicagoland.  This is a
 ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area, based on
 five-year revenue growth from fiscal year 1995 through fiscal year 2000.
 
 SOURCE  Stratos Lightwave LLC