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Thermal Design of a DWDM Optical Network System

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W. Mark Hendrix

Xtera Communications, Inc.

Paper No. IMECE2005-81704, pp. 349-370; 22 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Electronic and Photonic Packaging, Electrical Systems Design and Photonics, and Nanotechnology
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4217-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


DWDM optical transport systems are an important link in communications networks. These systems are the backbone of telecommunications infrastructures and carry large volumes of telecom traffic. As a result, their reliability is critical. Thermal performance is key to meeting this reliability requirement and is therefore a major component of DWDM system development. The resulting thermal design process must balance opposing requirements such as high product density, thermal sensitivity of optical components, cooling fan noise limits, and high ambient temperature and altitude requirements. This paper describes both a thermal design approach for DWDM system development, and a thermal design solution that demonstrates high product density and field-proven reliability.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Design , Networks



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