SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Booth #1441 - Today, 3M introduced two new
families of optical components designed to help cable operators increase
capacity while containing costs. The new Coarse Wavelength Division
Multiplexers from 3M feature one of the smallest, thinnest form factors
available on the market. The Planar Light Circuit (PLC) Optical
Splitters integrate with a broad range of architectures and platforms.
With costs of deploying new fiber ranging between $10,000 and $70,000,
cable operators need more efficient ways to add capacity in order to
stay competitive. CWDM technology increases capacity without adding new
fiber by using different wavelengths of light to multiply the number of
optical carrier signals on a single fiber. This technique also enables
bi-directional communication on that same strand of fiber.
The CWDM family of products from 3M utilizes ultra bend-insensitive
fiber, enabling deployment in tight spaces and closures. Cable operators
using 3M CWDM to enable multi-wavelength technology can now
cost-effectively extend capacity and bandwidth in fiber poor
environments with the reliability of 3M producs designed to meet and
exceed Telcordia GR-1209, GR-1211 requirements.
3M also introduced Planar Light Circuit (PLC) Optical Splitters for
carriers looking to deploy RFoG or PON FTTH networks. The splitters are
available in many split ratios, with bare-fiber or connectors, including
the commonly deployed: 1x2, 1x4, 1x8, 1x16, 1x32. The use of PLC
splitters in FTTH networks helps to reduce the number of feeder fibers
originating from the head-end to the serving area.
The 3M PLC splitters are fully passive optical branching devices
exhibiting uniform signal splitting for the most advanced optical
networks. They are manufactured and tested to GR-1209/1221 requirements
to ensure performance and reliability in harsh environments.
Both of these new product families can be integrated into all 3M fiber
closures, terminals and FDUs, enabling a complete solution for cable
About 3M Communication Markets DivisionFor more than 50
years, products from 3M have formed the backbone of the
telecommunications industry. Global customers have come to rely on 3M
quality to connect and protect their infrastructure. As a network of
networks, the 3M Communication Markets Division connects smart grids to
smart phones, wind farms to server farms, greenfield to brownfield and
wireline to wireless. Today, 3M is taking fiber further, moving mobility
forward and maximizing networks - from xDSL and FTTN to the enterprise. Find
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands
of innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. More information
about 3M Company is available online.
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