Cyan and Nistica Announce Next-Generation Linecard Development Agreement

Cyan and Nistica today announced a joint development agreement to build high-capacity linecards that provide multi-degree reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing (ROADM) capabilities. Nistica will combine its compact, optics-only versions of Wavelength Selective Switches (WSS) with an intelligent optical layer to deliver single-slot integrated line-cards that provide 2-, 4- or 8-degree connectivity in emerging networks. Fabrinet (NYSE: FN) has been chosen by Nistica as the supplier of printed circuit board assemblies, and the linecard assembly will be performed by Fujikura Fiber Optics Vietnam, Fujikura’s manufacturing subsidiary.

Cyan’s Z-series multi-layer packet-optical transport platform is currently equipped with WSS-ROADM modules. The addition of these next-generation integrated linecards allows carriers to expand in multiple dimensions: multi-degree mesh nodes, capacity boosts up to 96 channels, and a grid-flexible architecture with 3.125 GHz resolution granularity that is unsurpassed in the industry.

“Cyan continues to innovate by partnering with our strategic suppliers. The combination of our unified control plane, our recently announced 100G coherent transponders, and this expanded multi-degree ROADM architecture will accelerate the bandwidth virtualization trends we are witnessing in software defined networks,” said Michael Hatfield, Cyan President.

“As Cyan continues to grow, we are constantly looking for turn-key solutions that enhance our engineering resources. Nistica team’s proven track record in designing and developing linecards, as well as delivering high-volume modules to Cyan was a key factor in our decision,” added Norm Foust, Cyan Vice President Operations.

Service providers are focused on optimizing their networks via layer convergence and improved bandwidth utilization, while managing their total cost of ownership. “Nistica is committed to improving operational efficiency via our cost-optimized optical solutions. We are excited to offer Cyan double the capacity in a single-slot,” remarked Ashish Vengsarkar, Nistica CEO. “Linecards allow us to fully utilize our in-house capabilities while leveraging synergies from Fujikura’s optical portfolio of products and Fabrinet’s proven abilities in delivering high volume printed circuit board assemblies.”

As a leading provider of precision manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers of complex products, Fabrinet is a trusted partner in the optical communications industry. “While we are proud of our existing customer base, we continue to seek out emerging players who have shown tremendous momentum in the industry. We are pleased to be chosen to partner with Nistica and Cyan and we are committed to helping them deliver world-class products to their customers,” said Dr. Harpal Gill, Fabrinet President and Chief Operating Officer.

Cyan, Nistica and Fabrinet (Booth #1220) will be attending the Optical Fiber Communications conference (OFC) being held in Anaheim, California, March 17 – 21, 2013.

About Cyan

Cyan is a global supplier of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers, data center operators, and private networks. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan PRO comprehensive professional services. With hundreds of deployments around the globe, including some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, Cyan allows its customers to scale their networks, reduce costs, simplify operations, and accelerate service delivery. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

About Nistica

Nistica is a global supplier of agile optical modules that simplify, automate and make affordable the delivery of high-bandwidth applications, enabling systems providers across multiple industries to meet ever-increasing demand. Formed in January 2005, Nistica is now a subsidiary of Fujikura, partnering with Texas Instruments and other industry leaders to expand its global reach and scale production. For more information, visit the company website,

About Fabrinet

Fabrinet is a leading provider of advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers of complex products, such as optical communication components, modules and sub-systems, industrial lasers and sensors. Fabrinet offers a broad range of advanced optical and electro-mechanical capabilities across the entire manufacturing process, including process design and engineering, supply chain management, manufacturing, advanced packaging, integration, final assembly and test. Fabrinet focuses on production of high complexity products in any mix and any volume. Fabrinet maintains engineering and manufacturing resources and facilities in Thailand, the People's Republic of China and the United States. For more information visit:

About Fujikura Limited

Fujikura Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) is one of Japan's foremost manufactures of electric wire and cables. Since its establishment in 1885, the Company has introduced technologies and products that meet the highest global standards. Their extensive product lineup and expertise are the culmination of more than a century in business, combined with a positive, energetic corporate attitude. In addition to electric wire and cables, today the Company also offers a growing range of products for the information and communications industries, notably optical fibers and fiber-optic components, and such electronic materials and components as electronic wires, flexible printed circuits and so on. For more information, go to


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