An OXC Architecture Suitable for High Density WDM Wavelength Routed Networks
We describe the design and performances of a strictly nonblocking optical cross-connect node for WDM wavelength path networks. The optical cross-connect (OXC) prototype was experimentally tested as an 2 x 2 WDM system with two input / output ports with two wavelengths per port. The OXC was inserted in a network with a transmission length of 95 km with a STM-16 bit stream per channel. The performance of a single and a cascade of OXC’s was simulated and the results verified against the experimental ones.