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The Cisco Course Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) Gigabit Interface Converter (GBIC) Solution allows scalable and easy-to-deploy Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services. The combination of CWDM GBICs and CWDM Optical Add-Drop Modules (OADMs) enables the design of a flexible and highly available multiservice network. The Cisco CWDM GBIC Solution offers a convenient and cost-effective solution for the adoption of optical Gigabit Ethernet in campus, data center, and metropolitan-area access networks. The solution supports-

  • Scalable Gigabit Ethernet intra- and intercampus connections over dark fiber via CWDM point-to-point links
  • Scalable Gigabit Ethernet metro services for business customers via CWDM metro-access ring solutions
  • Scalable Gigabit Ethernet transport between service providers' points of presence (POPs) and hubs via CWDM point-to-point interconnect in the metro

The Cisco CWDM GBIC Solution consists of a set of eight different Cisco CWDM GBICs (one for each of the eight different colors or wavelengths) and a set of ten different Cisco CWDM OADMs. A Cisco CWDM Chassis enables rack mounting up to two of the Cisco CWDM OADMs.

The CWDM GBICs fit into GBIC ports supporting IEEE 802.3z standard and are supported on the following Cisco platforms-

  • Cisco Catalyst 2948G
  • Cisco Catalyst 2980G-A
  • Cisco Catalyst 2950 Series
  • Cisco Catalyst 3550 Series
  • Cisco Catalyst 4000/4500 Series
  • Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series

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