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Polatis Introduces Series 2000 Ultra-Low Loss 80x80 Optical Switch

New switches can be clustered to scale to large virtual switch fabrics, while maintaining highest performance characteristics

ANDOVER, MA and CAMBRIDGE, UK March 18, 2009 - Polatis, Inc. the performance leader in all-optical switch technology, today announced the availability of its new Series 2000 all-optical switches. Polatis products operate at the transport layer of communications networks, providing the intelligent foundation for switching massive amounts of data traffic in a precise and automated way. The new Series 2000 products scale the same ultra-low loss, highest performance switch characteristics of Polatis' proven products, to meet the requirements of today's larger global networks. The Series 2000 switch will be demonstrated for the first time at OFC/NFOEC in San Diego next week at Polatis booth # 813.

"Polatis existing small and mid-sized switches are proven in some of the most mission-critical networks in the world, where low loss, fast switching time and consistent high reliability at 10 and 40 gigabit speeds really matter," said Gerald Wesel, president and CEO of Polatis, Inc. "The Series 2000 leverages that same core technology to bring a new level of functionality and economy to larger scale deployments."

The Polatis Series 2000 optical switch is a high-performance, fully non-blocking all-optical 80x80 matrix switch. It is designed to meet the highest performance and reliability needs of the most demanding applications with exceptionally low optical loss, compact size, low power requirements and fast switching speeds. In a compact 3U form factor, the Series 2000 switches data traffic in less than 17 milliseconds and with typical insertion loss of under 1dB. The eco-friendly switch greatly reduces the carbon footprint of optical networks by avoiding unnecessary and power-hungry electrical conversion of express traffic at network nodes

"Polatis shines in deployments where every millisecond of delay and every fraction of a dB counts; and when you just can't risk a network outage. This will save the operators millions in providing highly reliable service to their enterprise customers," said Tom Ma, CEO and Chairman of MPX Technology Corporation, a leading fixed-mobile convergence solution provider that integrates Polatis products in Asia. "In these environments, port counts alone are not enough; high performance and reliability are needed at a large scale. The Series 2000 is an excellent fit for these requirements with a cost-effective price point."

The Series 2000 80x80 switch uses Polatis' patented, proven and precise piezoelectric DirectLight® beam-steering technology. The core of all Polatis switch platforms, DirectLight moves light beams dynamically and with high precision to enable the lowest optical loss and highest optical performance. Uniquely, with Polatis' beam-steering technology, optical connections can be switched without light being present on the fiber, allowing operators to pre-provision paths for disaster recovery, protection switching and network monitoring applications on lit or dark fiber. With DirectLight, the Polatis Series 2000 offers true transparency and can switch bi-directional and transient signals used in PON, FTTH and other transmission systems.

Scaling to the Largest Switch Fabrics

Polatis' Series 2000 80x80 switches can be stacked together to create larger switch fabrics which can scale to thousands of ports while maintaining the best performance and reliability characteristics. Adding a new switch to the virtual fabric does not impact existing switches or connections, and the Polatis distributed virtual switch architecture improves resilience and keeps initial capital costs low with a migration path to larger implementations. The Polatis Multi-Switch Controller provides a single management interface for controlling multiple switches in the virtual architecture.

"Polatis has avoided sacrificing superior loss and performance characteristics for scale," said Deb Mielke, president of Treillage Network Strategies. "The Series 2000 enables Polatis to deploy in some of the largest data center and carrier networks, rich with streaming video and multimedia content. In addition to bringing more resilience to the network, this approach enables their customers to control initial capital investment.

Efficient Protection Switching

Enabling rapid recovery from network outages in global enterprise and service provider networks is a primary application for the Series 2000 switch. Its low loss, fast switching time and integrated optical power monitoring provides an efficient means to recover automatically and quickly from network equipment failures. Because the Series 2000 product can establish connections without light being present, alternative bi-directional paths can be pre-provisioned on dark fiber, even where these are routed through intermediate switching nodes. Such capabilities enable multiple protection paths to be shared between many working fibers, providing a cost-efficient implementation with high availability.

Data Center Switch Virtualization

The Series 2000 enables faster, simplified, more resilient switching architectures for complex data centers. Its precise and proven beam-steering technology improves performance and management of data center networks while meeting the demands of new business and multimedia applications, increasing storage capacity, and more powerful servers and end user devices. The Series 2000's virtual scaling capabilities provide a means for migrating to the benefits of optical systems incrementally, by adding capacity only as it is needed. In addition, the Series 3000 multimode optical switches are used in combination with the Series 2000 to provide a unique and complete solution for managing all optical connections within and between data and hosting centers.

Carrier Video Distribution

Optical transmission and switching systems are optimizing the broadcast of real-time and high definition video over long distances. Carrier networks require extremely low loss, precision and fast switching speeds, as well as format agnostic/future-proof platforms, for it to be a profitable business proposition. Placing the Series 2000 switch at major points of presence increases reliability and performance while containing costs. Because control of the switches is fully automated, carriers can offer their broadcast customers the flexibility of changing paths and destinations on the fly as needed.

About Polatis

Polatis develops and manufactures the world's lowest loss optical switching products for government and defense, telecommunications and data center, test & measurement and video broadcast markets. Through a unique combination of proven technologies and new, innovative architectures, Polatis has achieved class-leading performance and reliability that solve some of today's toughest optical networking challenges. Polatis all-optical switching products are proven in more than 500 networks all over the world.

To learn more please visit our website at: www.polatis.com


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Matt Burke
Polatis, Inc.
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