Physical Layer Switches

Physical Layer Switches


MRV’s physical layer switches are scalable, OSI layer 1 switches that allows users to connect any port to any other port within the system using a non-blocking matrix. The Media Cross Connect™ is an optical/electrical/optical (OEO) switch used for data rates and media up to 10Gbps. The Optical Cross Connect is an all optical (OOO) switch for single mode fiber rates to 40Gbps and above. Deploying these switches in a lab environment allows test commitments to be met without compromising quality or responsiveness, or increasing capital or operational expenses.

  • Logical Cable Management — Using software commands allows non-blocking, any port to any other port, bidirectional or unidirectional mappings. The MCC allows one to any multi-point broadcast mapping, and fibre channel arbitrated loop (FCAL) topologies.
  • Modular Architecture — The MCC is available in 72, 144 and 288 port configurations that support any protocol or media within a single chassis. All service blades are interchangeable and hot swappable between the chassis types. The OCC is scalable to 320 bidirectional ports in 8 port increments.
  • Wide range of data rates and media types — The MCC supports protocols from T1/E1 to Fibre Channel to 10 Gig Ethernet. Different media types, including copper cable and pluggable transceivers such as SFPs and XFPs are supported in the same chassis. The OCC supports single mode fiber data rates to 40Gbps and above.
  • Wire-Once Technology — Once the lab network and equipment is connected to the MCC or OCC, all connections and configurations are done using software commands. Changing a test topology is accomplished by a simple mouse click.
  • Media Conversion — With the MCC, mapping a copper input to a fiber output eliminates the need for standalone converters and maximizes the use of test equipment equipped with one type of connection.
  • Increased Lab Efficiency and Productivity — Topologies can be changed and stored using a web-based GUI, or by using a industry-standard interface, tests and topologies can be scripted and executed 24/7. Inventory management/tracking is simplified as equipment is not physically moved to perform tests.
  • Decrease Capital Expenditures — By sharing expensive test equipment and fixed test beds, capital equipment costs can be minimized without compromising capabilities.

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