We developed, for the first time to our knowledge, a 640-Gbit/s/port optical packet switch prototype consisting of multiple optical label processors, polarization-independent plomb lanthanum zirconate titanate waveguide optical switches, optical fiber-delay-line buffers, and a parallel pipeline buffer manager. We achieved the error-free switching and buffering operation with bit error rates of less than 10<sup>−9</sup> for 640 (64 wavelengths ×10) Gbit/s wide-colored optical packets by the prototype. This demonstration shows the potential of high performance per energy of an optical packet switch.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Architectures and Technologies for Ultra-High Capacity Switched and Routed Optical Networks
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2009
Published: July 28, 2009
Hideaki Furukawa, Naoya Wada, Hiroaki Harai, and Tetsuya Miyazaki, "Development of a 640-Gbit/s/port Optical Packet Switch Prototype Based on Wide-Colored Optical Packet Technology," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 1, B30-B39 (2009)