CPqD will participate for the first time in the CeBIT, which this year will be held from March 6-10 in Hanover, Germany. Their main focus will be solutions tailored to meet Brazil's need for advanced broadband infrastructure. At their two stands, CPqD will present state-of-the art technology products and systems, especially in the areas of optical communication, wireless networks and management solutions for FTTx networks.
Next-generation 10 Tbps optical systems
One of the highlights will be the launching of a 100-Gbps optical transmission module based on DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology and compliant with the international interoperability specifications established by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF). The combination of this transmission rate (100 Gbps) with a 96-channel backbone will result in speeds of up to 9.6 Terabits per second (Tbps) per optical fiber.
The outcome of the partnership with Padtec, the largest manufacturer of optical transmission systems in Latin America, and Israeli Civcom (producer of optoelectronic modules), the new product will provide highly sophisticated digital processing of signals received by the DWDM optical receiver that have traveled hundreds - or even thousands - of miles over the fiber optical network.
This product will be based on the results already obtained with the 100 GETH Project (Gigabit Ethernet), which CPqD has been working on since 2010 with resources from the Ministry of Communications' FUNTTEL (Fund for the Technological Development of Brazilian Telecommunications), and with the support of FINEP (Research and Projects Financing).
Padtec will be the main customer of the new modules, which will be integrated into their products. Civcom (a company acquired by Padtec in 2008) will be responsible for producing the new devices and, besides supplying them to Padtec, will also commercialize them to other equipment manufacturers worldwide.
4G/LTE for rural and suburban regions
In the wireless network sector, CPqD will showcase their new fourth generation (4G) based LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology in the 450 MHz frequency range. The solution was demonstrated to Paulo Bernardo, Minister of Communications, on February 24, at CPqD headquarters in Campinas (the first officially notified field demonstration of this technology in the world), and will be available in the market as of late 2012.
The goal is to provide a cutting-edge technology option for broadband access in rural and suburban areas. Designed to meet the challenges to providing services in these regions, CPqD's LTE 450 MHz solution comes with an impressive array of advantages over current third generation (3G) technology: greater coverage, higher transmission rates (up to 25 Mbps download and 12.5 Mbps upload), lower latency, enhanced performance, all IP architecture, among others.
CPqD has been working on the development of 4G mobile networks since 2010, a project funded by FUNTTEL, of the Ministry of Communications. CPqD's LTE 450 MHz, which is part of this project, is being developed based on 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) specifications, adapted to this frequency range. It includes several products: antennas, radiofrequency devices, split eNodeB and network management systems. All these will be available by the end of 2012, by means of WxBR, a Brazilian company to which CPqD will transfer the product technology and which will be responsible for manufacturing and commercializing it in the global market.
FTTx Network Management
Another important product CPqD will present in CeBIT 2012 is the FTTx Management solution, a tool for telecommunications and internet service providers that have already deployed - or are in the process of deploying - fiber optical based optical networks. The main advantage of this solution is that it seamlessly integrates resources and modules for the management of the different network layers - from the basic elements to the Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support Systems (BSS).
This is a highly complex and sophisticated management tool with modules for Inside and Outside Plant Inventory, Optical Network Supervision and network Integrated Management with event analysis and alarm correlation.
Photonic components and sub-systems
During CeBIT, CPqD will also present its portfolio of photonic components and subsystems, to meet the ever-increasing demand of the global market. This portfolio includes key-technologies to meet the needs of telecommunication industries as well other industries.
CPqD's initial photonic portfolio includes:
- Laser Pumping, used to manufacture WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) optical amplifiers, and fiber lasers.
- Fiber laser, for market sectors such as raw-material processing, medical, and the military.
Furthermore, other photonic components and subsystems are planned in a second stage of this project. Such is the case of tunable Transmitters and Optical Sub-Assembly Receivers (TOSA/ROSA) for high-speed data transmission applications and passive optical devices for WDM systems.
Software-defined Converged Networking
In a lecture to be given during CeBIT 2012, CPqD will share their vision on the evolution and convergence of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) networks. The focus will be Software-Defined Converged Networking (SDcN). This vision proposes a strategy for a simple and seamless evolution and migration of current ICTs to the networks of the future, in particular converged networks (Next-Generation Networks - NGN).
The new Software-Defined Converged Networking shifts the focus regarding innovation and perceived network resource value from hardware to software. This approach can be applied in strategic areas, for critical-mission infrastructure control and automation - for example, smart grids, telecommunications and government (cloud) - and in areas of national security, such as air traffic control and communication and cybernetic security.