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April 13, 2011

Major Israeli Firms and Universities Team Up to Establish Tera Santa Consortium

According to a press release, seven leading Israeli companies and five universities in Israel came together to form the Tera Santa Consortium. The consortium will focus on developing the world’s first Terabit Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based optical network, the founding members explained.

The consortium aims to research, develop and prototype a Terabit optical networking platform to handle coherent optical links. In a market with soaring demand for bandwidth, Terabit Transponder solution makes a compact, high performance solution at lower cost. With optimized bandwidth utilization and increased capacity for multi-service applications, Terabit Transponder solution can effectively address this market needs by introducing new degrees of freedom to the world of optical networking. The consortium will keep a close watch on the operational and performance impact of this freedom on optical networking. In a press release, the consortium claimed that the research will lay the foundation for commercial Terabit optical networks for metro and long haul market segments.

“By applying coherent technology, we enable a new level of cognitive intelligence in the optical network – from digital and optical components, through transmission sub-systems, and all the way to a fully functioning network. By combining the expertise of both industry and academia, the Tera Santa Consortium brings the ideal blend of skills and cross-functionality for a holistic approach to guarantee the success of this project,” Chairman of the Tera Santa Consortium and ECI Telecom’s (News - Alert) CTO Shai Stein, noted in a statement.

The Tera Santa research initiative will have an expansive scope and include such topics as high-speed design using high order Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) constellations.

Novel DSP architectures and algorithmic design will comprise a major part of the research. The research will also include the cost-effective and compact analog and optical components design and design of photonic integrated circuits as component-level platforms for the sub-system layer

In the press release, the founding members announced that the Consortium has already started its activities. The research is expected to continue for the next three to five years. In fulfilling its goals, the consortium will be working closely with the international industry standard organizations involved with this effort, such as the IEEE (News - Alert), ITU and OIF.

The founding consortium members are ECI Telecom, Finisar Corporation Israeli subsidiary, Orckit-Corrigent, Elisra-Elbit, MultiPhy, Optiway, Civcom, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Ben-Gurion University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, and Tel-Aviv University.

In 2009, Oracle (News - Alert) Excellence Center for Startups, ISVs and OEMS and OCS signed a joint agreement under which Oracle invested in the Israeli startup ComAbility. ComAbility develops a unified subscriber and services platform that manages subscribers and premium services for the telecom and Internet service provider (SP) market.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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