The Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Amplifier Cards are plug-in modules that take advantage of proven Cisco ONS 15454 carrier-class features. These cards deliver the reach and optical performance to support a single DWDM channel all the way to 32 channels—today (designed for 64 wavelength operation)—to meet the requirements of service provider and enterprise networks. The Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Booster Amplifier card (OPT-BST) amplifies the outgoing composite DWDM signal to overcome the attenuation of the fiber span.
It integrates an optical service channel splitter/combiner to allow the optical supervising channel (OSC) to be sent to and received from the Cisco ONS 15454 Optical Service Channel management cards (OSCM or OSC-CSM). Deployment locations include any site that requires additional signal level. The Cisco ONS 15454 optical amplifiers take advantage of the latest in amplifier technology, variable optical attenuators, photo diodes, and extensive software to enable a high degree of automation for simplified operations. They feature low-noise-gain blocks for C-band optical amplification requirements. They provide fast-transient suppression to respond quickly to network changes without adding impairments and degradation. Each card integrates software-controllable variable optical attenuators (VOAs) along with extensive optical monitoring with photo diodes, to provide nodal- and network-based automatic power-level management.