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RE: spreadsheet for MMF

  I have noticed a bit of confusion when it comes to discussing "installed
base".  Your pdf document has prompted me to make the following points.
1) You discuss "500 MHz*km" installed fiber.  According to the surveys
presented to this group, that is not a significant fraction of the installed
2) The 100-m installed base objective of the HSSG is to support any fiber in
the installed base (look at the minutes for an explanation, I'm working from
memory).  Your 500 MHz*km fiber may meet that objective (in my opinion) but
not in such a dramatic way that it would prompt support for another PMD.  If
you really want a PMD that works for >90% of the installed base I think
we're talking 200 MHz*km (160 MHz*km worst case).
3) The chart developed in Dallas was based on 160 MHz*km, not on the HSSG
installed base objective.  The point was raised by Bob Grow, but dismissed
by Jonathan because we were just making comparisons not checking which PMDs
met the HSSG objectives.

Robert Marsland
Focused Research, Inc. (a New Focus company)
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