TE News: TE SubCom and Nistica Announce Availability of Undersea Qualified WSS

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July 27, 2015

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TE SubCom and Nistica Announce Availability of Undersea Qualified Wavelength Selective Switch Modules

High-reliability, grid-flexible modules ready for production

EATONTOWN, N.J. and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., July 27, 2015 – TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and Nistica, a Fujikura subsidiary supplying agile optical networking solutions, today announced the availability of fully qualified wavelength selective switch (WSS) modules to be used in undersea networks.

The joint development program between TE SubCom and Nistica focused on a rigorous design and development process to ensure the high-reliability requirements of undersea systems were met. The teams completed Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and all undersea reliability milestones, thus clearing the way for product deployment.

“SubCom continues to innovate to deliver the most technologically advanced and cost-effective solutions to our customers,” said Neal Bergano, chief technology officer, TE SubCom. “Our grid-flexible branching units will improve network capacity and robustness as well as flexibility in next-generation undersea networks. As cable owners seek out future-proof technologies to route and equalize spectrally efficient modulation formats, SubCom stands ready to deliver to their requirements.”

Under the counsel of TE SubCom, Nistica modified their terrestrial WSS modules to meet unique undersea high-reliability requirements, while maintaining differentiating features, namely, multiple 1xN WSS within one package, a 5.2THz bandwidth window and a grid-flexible channel plan with a granularity of 3.125 GHz. These features allow SubCom to provide reliable system architectures at the highest spectral efficiencies.

“We are delighted to have completed the undersea qualification work with TE SubCom,” remarked Ashish Vengsarkar, CEO of Nistica. “The lessons learned from this project can be applied in the deployment of future products for our terrestrial customers as well. The acceptance and deployment of our technology by SubCom in one of the most rigorous undersea applications demonstrates our industry leadership in reliable, high-performance optical switching.” 

5.2

THz OF BANDWITH WINDOW

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About Nistica

Nistica is a global supplier of agile optical modules that simplify, automate and make affordable the delivery of high-bandwidth applications, enabling systems providers across multiple industries to meet ever-increasing demand. Formed in January 2005, Nistica is now a subsidiary of Fujikura, partnering with Texas Instruments, NTT Electronics and other industry leaders to expand its global reach and scale production. For more information, visit the company website, www.nistica.com. 

About TE SubCom

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry-recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The business designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed enough fiber optic cable to circle the Earth more than 12 times at the Equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry-leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.

About TE

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $12 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today’s increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations – redefining what’s possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 72,000 people, including over 7,000 engineers, partner with customers in close to 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS.

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