Methods and devices for providing optical, serviced-enabled cross-connections

  • US 7,620,273 B2
  • Filed: 02/14/2002
  • Issued: 11/17/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/16/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A connection device comprising:

  • one or more non-dedicated, processing units; and

    an optical switch for receiving Ultra-Long Haul (ULR) optical signals and for connecting at least one of the units to one or more of the received signals based on a characteristic of each signal,wherein the at least one unit is selected from the group consisting of a gigabit Ethernet unit, a re-shape and re-amplify without retiming unit (“

    2R unit”

    ), a re-shape and re-amplify with retiming unit (“

    3R unit”

    ), a Simple Data Link (SDL) unit and a SONET/SDH unit.

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