Blue Sky Research introduces suite of optical network components

Feb. 16, 2001
Blue Sky Research (BSR), a privately held developer and manufacturer of opto-electro-mechanical components, announced a major expansion into the optical network components market.

Blue Sky Research (BSR), a privately held developer and manufacturer of opto-electro-mechanical components, announced a major expansion into the optical network components market. With proprietary laser, servo, optics and semiconductor technologies as well as expertise in efficient automated manufacturing, BSR is producing a series of optical components for growing DWDM-based optical networks.

The Company's new product lineup incorporates several proprietary technologies that have already been commercially demonstrated to offer significant performance and cost advantages. Products planned for release in 2001-2002 include:

* 980nm EDFA pump modules, incorporating the Company's patented uLens (microlens) technology to produce a component with improved channel capacity, high reliability, and unique packaging at a lower cost than current units.

* Proprietary Optical Cross Connect (OXC) Switches, based on non-MEMs, cost-effective and reliability-proven actuator designs, that offer a range of beam angulations, linear positioning control, high switching speeds, and minimum insertion-loss, in both 1x N and NxN configurations.

* Programmable Lasers for generating ITU wavelengths, based on a high-power, low-cost 1550nm laser diode with a proprietary compact external-cavity design, that provide a versatile, low-cost laser to replace fixed wavelength laser sources and also to address the market for dynamic high-speed switching and routing.

* Free-Space Telecom Laser Sources, which apply uLens technology to produce more reliable laser data-transmission through atmospheric interferences for free space "fiberless" communications.

Opto-electrical manufacturing systems are fundamental to the commercial production of hardware for high-volume, low-cost markets such as telecommunications. Blue Sky Research has developed its own robotic systems for component and subassembly manufacturing, and has established relationships with high-volume diode and chip suppliers. The company's critical front-end development and pilot production are done in California and at its subsidiary in Singapore, and high-volume production is done offshore with large-scale, ISO-9001-qualified manufacturing partners. The company is well funded by private and institutional investors.

About Blue Sky Research:

Blue Sky Research, headquartered in San Jose, California, is an optical network components company that develops and manufactures products needed for the deployment of optical communications networks. For more information, visit www.blueskyresearch.com.