Bringing intelligence to SFP simplifies system design for network operators

Los Angeles, OFC/NFOEC 2012, March 6, 2012

Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) are essential for service turn-up and SLA assurance in Carrier Ethernet networks. The Smart SFPTM integrates OAM functions into conventional SFPs providing operators an effective tool for monitoring and troubleshooting Ethernet services. This solution reduces system and network complexity, and offers lower carbon footprint while generating CAPEX & OPEX savings.

“The Gigabit Ethernet OAM Smart SFP™ from OE Solutions and AimValley supports simple network operator Service Level Assurance solutions in Carrier Ethernet networks,” said Daryl Inniss, VP & Practice Leader for Components Research at Ovum.

“Smart SFP™ contains OAM functions in an SFP module. Smart SFP™ can offer quality of service to customers by simply swapping an existing SFP. It can significantly reduce the financial burden while saving a great deal of rack space and power.”

Smart SFP™ provides instant support for Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM). On top of EFM Link OAM IEEE 802.3ah, the Smart SFP™ offers Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) of end-to-end Service OAM IEEE 802.1ag and Y.1731 Performance Management.

While adding standards compliant intelligence into the SFP at Gigabit Ethernet wire speed with low latency, the Smart SFP™ serves a wide range of transceiver types. Smart SFP™ variations include dual-fiber, single fiber BiDi, single-wavelength & single-fiber BiDi, and CWDM in both dual-fiber and single-fiber. Smart SFP™ can support Gigabit Ethernet reaches up to 80km over Industrial Temperature range, i.e. -40 ~ 85°C.

OE Solutions and AimValley announced their partnership agreement for next generation optical transceivers in December 2011.

The Gigabit Ethernet OAM Smart SFP™ is the first product in their Smart SFP™ family.