Diversified technology conglomerate
) recently launched a new product portfolio of Passive Optical
LAN Solutions (POLS) for the enterprise LAN (local area network).
The new product portfolio will offer a complete line of
state-of-the-art end-to-end fiber solution for LAN that would
work as a viable alternative to the traditional copper-based
Layer 2 Ethernet switches manufactured by leading players such as
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An Ethernet switch typically operates as a LAN interconnection
device at the data link layer. However, these switches require a
lot of space for the infrastructure set-up and consume a lot of
power. On the other hand, POLS require up to 70% less space for
equipment and infrastructure and consumes about 80% less power,
as it involves no active component for its fiber-to-the-desktop
LAN technology. Consequently, it reduces operating costs with an
estimated 90% less space and material requirements.
With such operational advantages, POLS is gradually gaining wide
acceptance by large government and enterprise LAN customers. 3M
aims to capitalize on this opportunity and has unveiled a
portfolio of POLS products, including high-performance fiber
cable, one pass fiber pathways, field terminated fiber
connectors, wall and rackmount fiber distribution systems,
optimized splitter modules and shelves. With over 50 years of
experience in telecommunication equipment, 3M expects to optimize
the POLS portfolio and subsequently extend its footprint in the
Formerly known as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, 3M
was founded in 1902 and is currently based in St. Paul,
Minnesota. The company operates as a diversified technology
enterprise with manufacturing operations across 60 countries. It
has more than 35 business units organized into six segments:
Consumer and Office; Display and Graphics; Electro and
Communications; Healthcare; Industrial and Transportation; and
Safety, Security and Protection Services.
Leveraging its long-term strategy of accelerating investments in
high-growth programs, 3M strives to deliver sustainable increases
in sales, earnings and free cash flow. The company's ability to
convert high R&D spends into up cycle market share gains,
pricing power, and margin determines its success over the years.
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