Bookham touts pump laser module milestone

FEBRUARY 15, 2008 -- Bookham Inc. today announced the shipment of its 500,000th 980-nm pump laser module to the telecommunications industry. The company claims this milestone firmly establishes it as one of the leaders in this market, with over 20 billion device hours accumulated in the field.

FEBRUARY 15, 2008 -- Bookham Inc. (search for Bookham) today announced the shipment of its 500,000th 980-nm pump laser module to the telecommunications industry. Bookham claims the milestone firmly establishes it as one of the leaders in this market, with over 20 billion device hours accumulated in the field and an industry-leading FIT rate.

"We have been shipping this technology to tier-1 telecom equipment manufacturers for well over 10 years and have built a reputation for industry leading performance and reliability," contends PLM director Mark Ives. "The 980-nm pump portfolio continues to be a strategic and key business segment for Bookham, with ownership of the core technology providing the basis for a broad and successful product set. Our field-proven reliability in the terrestrial market has been a key enabler allowing us to be a volume player in the ultra-high reliability submarine market, with the OceanBright uncooled MiniDIL pump series," he says.

"Bookham has continued to invest in this technology, demonstrated by consistent delivery of innovative products that both meet and set market trends," Ives continues. "We are truly exploiting the value of vertical integration through design and manufacture, from our world class wafer fab in Zurich, through to pump module manufacture in our well established, advanced facility in Shenzhen."

The 500,000th 980-nm pump laser was recently shipped to Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, which recognized Bookham as a 'Global Core Partner' optical components vendor in 2007, for continued reliability and flexible supply of products, including the 980-nm pump laser, 10-Gbit/sec co-packaged laser-modulators, receivers, directly modulated lasers, and integrated tunable laser assembly, all of which are assembled in the Bookham facility in Shenzhen.

Bookham says it was first to market with this technology in 1995 with an industry leading 100-mW laser module, built on ten years of technology research and design originating from IBM Research Labs.

The latest products from this portfolio, including the flagship 750-mW pump module, will be on show at the Bookham's booth (#1334) at the OFC exhibition, to be held on February 26-28, 2008, in San Diego, CA.


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