6/17/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSX: NT) and Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR.A, AGR.B) today announced a multi-source agreement (MSA) for hot-pluggable 2.5 gigabit-per-second (OC-48) transceiver modules used in metro dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical networking systems. Transceivers developed using this new specification can help improve network planning, commissioning and maintenance of optical networks and reduce system downtime. The DWDM Pluggable Transceiver MSA establishes a standard that specifies uniformity for 2.5Gb/s DWDM transceiver package outlines, pin function definitions, software interface and electrical characteristics. Transceivers based on this MSA will provide transmit and receive interfaces for metro DWDM multi-service routers, multi-service provisioning, optical transmission platforms and digital cross-connects.
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