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Re: Patch cord for 1300 WWDM


 From your last paragraph, am I to understand that 850nm CWDM will meet the 
objective of 100m over installed 62.5u MMF and the 300m objective over 
(implied) new MMF.  With 850nm VCSEL technology is already available for 
the 850nm CWDM, why do we need the 1300nm WWDM?  The SMF objectives are 
already addressed by the 1300nm 10km and 1500nm 40km PMDs.  If the TF wants 
to trim PMDs, drop the 1300 WWDM PMD.

Thank you,
Roy Bynum

At 02:11 PM 8/2/00 -0700, David W Dolfi wrote:

>There seems to have been some confusion at the La Jolla
>meeting over the necessity for an offset patch cord for
>1300 nm WWDM.  Because of this, and additional comments
>made on the reflector since the meeting, I am writing
>this email to clarify the situation.
>Fact 1. An offset patch cord is NOT required for 1300 nm
>WWDM in order to meet the current MMF objectives of 802.3ae.
>That is to say, it is NOT required in order to achieve a 100
>meter link length on the installed base (this includes both
>62.5 and 50 um standard MMF, which both have a 500 MHz-km OFL
>bandwidth length product at 1300 nm), NOR is it requred to
>achieve a 300 meter link length on the new enhanced BW
>MMF, which also has a 500 MHz-km OFL bandwidth at 1300 nm.
>Needless to say (but I will for the sake of completeness)
>1300 nm WWDM also supports single mode fiber up to 10 km,
>again without a patch cord.
>Fact 2.  The ONLY time you need to use a patch cord with
>1300 nm WWDM is if:
>1. You want to extend the link length of the MMF installed base
>to 300 meters
>2. The fiber in question is "DMD challenged".
>Please note that if you are in this particular situation, none
>of the 850 nm based PMDs will satisfy your need, patch cord or
>not (but see Note below).  Your only alternative in this situation,
>with an 850 nm PMD, is to install new fiber, either the enhanced BW
>multimode fiber or single mode fiber.  Therefore, the notion that
>the patch cord is some sort of "penalty" you pay for using 1300 nm
>WWDM is really the wrong way to think about it.  Rather than a
>shortcoming, it is actually a benefit, since it gives you the (rel-
>atively speaking) low cost option of using a patch cord in a sit-
>uation where your only other alternative is to pull new fiber.
>Note: The 850 nm 4 channel CWDM PMD will allow you a 300 meter link
>length, without a patch cord, on the installed base of 50 um fiber
>ONLY.  However, this is a small benefit, since the great majority
>of the MMF installed base is 62.5 um fiber, on which 850 nm CWDM
>will only support a 100 meter link length (due to the fact that
>62.5 um fiber has an OFL bandwidth length product of only 160
>MHz-km at 850 nm).
>David Dolfi
>Agilent Technologies