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A compact [200×200 μm2] wavelength-selective switch based on thermally tunable SiO2--Si3N4 microring resonators has been designed and realized. The switch supports gigabit filtering applications in access networks. Spectral measurements show an ON-OFF ratio of 12 dB and a channel separation of 20 dB. The 10-Gb/s measurements on a single ring show no degradation of the modulated signal and a theoretical BER (bit-error rate) <10/sup -12/.