Champion ONE’s uTune DirectorTM Wins Lightwave Innovation Award

Newly Improved Device Lauded for Innovation, Ease of Use

BEACHWOOD, Ohio--()--Champion ONE’s recently redesigned uTune Director earned high praise from judges at the 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards. The stand-alone device for tuning DWDM optics was hailed as a solid product with “technical features and performance that provide clear and substantial benefits” to customers in the telecom industry.

"Externally tuning and locking XFP and SFP+ transceivers is really an accomplishment, and it seems that that is not all the uTune Director is capable of," said Lightwave Publisher Tim Hermes. "Our judges were definitely impressed by its solution of costly sparing fixed-channel transceivers in DWDM networks, among other features. I have no doubt this is a high-powered, viable solution for service and dark-fiber providers.”

First introduced in 2009 for use with XFP transceivers only, the uTune Director was redesigned in late 2014 to tune and lock SFP+ transceivers to specific ITU channels as well. Its intuitive interface allows both SFP+ and XFP optics to be tuned and locked in less than one minute without the use of a switch. By sparing tunable transceivers instead of pre-locked fixed-channel optics, an operator of a 20-channel DWDM network could save $100,000 or more in sparing costs annually.

“Throughout our history, we at Champion ONE have prided ourselves on being at the leading edge of technology, and sharing these improvements and their cost savings with our customers,” said John Jutila, CEO of Champion ONE. “We are thrilled to have Lightwave recognize our most recent achievement and are eager to continue helping our global customers unlock additional value, not only through our engineering and design capabilities but also through new service and support innovation as well.”

About Champion ONE

Champion ONE is a global supplier of standards-based, carrier-grade network solutions for clients in the service provider, enterprise, healthcare, education and government sectors. The company's transceivers, optical filters and optical systems are optimized for use with the industry's leading OEM platforms. For additional information about Champion ONE, call 800-860-7466 or visit our website at www.championone.net.

About LIGHTWAVE

For more than 30 years, Lightwave (www.lightwaveonline.com) has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.

About the 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards

The 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards review and recognize the industry’s most unique products and solutions that help optical communications professionals worldwide drive improvements and innovation in optical technology. Executives from Huawei, Verizon, Coriant, ADVA Optical Networking, Oclaro, and JDSU were among the third-party judges for the 2015 Innovation Awards. Criteria used in the Innovation Awards rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability.

Contacts

Champion ONE
Keith Lewis, +1-216-831-1800
klewis@championone.net

Contacts

Champion ONE
Keith Lewis, +1-216-831-1800
klewis@championone.net