40Gb/s DWDM DQPSK with EDFA and WSS ROADM architecture….say what?

The fiber optic communications industry can often sound like an alphabet soup. For example, when we talk about common transceiver/transponder form factors, you often hear terms like SFF, SFP, SFP+, XFP, XPAK and X2. In the ROADM world, a WSS stands for Wavelength Selective Switch and ROADM means Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer. These short acronyms may save a few important minutes in your day by facilitating more efficient communication not to mention a few vital breaths. Needless to say, there is an endless list of commonly used acronyms in our industry.

That all said, I have often found it helpful to refer to the Finisar Optics Acronyms Reference Guide and Optical Modules Reference Guide created by our very own marketing team. The acronym reference guide provides a short list of commonly used acronyms in the optics industry while the Optical Modules guide defines the major transceiver/transponder form factors available in the industry, not to mention colorful examples of typical datacom and telecom networks.

So if the first things that comes to mind when you see the letters “RFoG” is a small green amphibian (not Radio Frequency over Glass), then go ahead and look it up on our blog. I hope you’ll find both reference guides as useful as I do. Feel free to pass these on and send me your favorite optics acronyms so I can add them to the list.