NeoPhotonics announces splitters in volumes, triplexers in samples

October 1, 2004 San Jose, CA -- NeoPhotonics Corp., a supplier of integrated optical planar lightwave circuit (PLC) modules, has announced volume availability of 1xN and 2xN splitter modules for fiber to the home (FTTH) applications. The company also revealed it is sampling its PLC transceiver platform, including triplexer modules.

October 1, 2004 San Jose, CA -- NeoPhotonics Corp., a supplier of integrated optical planar lightwave circuit (PLC) modules, has announced volume availability of 1xN and 2xN splitter modules for fiber to the home (FTTH) applications. The company also revealed it is sampling its PLC transceiver platform, including triplexer modules.

NeoPhotonics says its splitter modules offer "class leading" insertion loss; are available in 1x4, 1x8, 1x16, 1x32, 2x4, 2x8, 2x16, and 2x32 configurations; and are compliant with Telcordia 1209 and 1221 reliability qualification requirements. NeoPhotonics is now shipping splitter modules from its fully qualified assembly lines.

"Our new 2xN splitters offer customers the option to insert an overlay signal into a passive optical network (PON), e.g. to combine a video overlay signal on the drop fiber to the customer location," states Dr. Chris Pfistner, NeoPhotonics' director of global access business. "This allows carriers to build flexibility into their PON networks, with minimal additional upfront costs."

Meanwhile, NeoPhotonics claims its new triplexers are fully compliant with G.983.3 BPON/G.984.2 GPON/IEEE 802.3ah requirements. All optical functions are performed in the PLC layer with no external filters. The devices are currently being evaluated by "leading FTTH system suppliers," according to the company, and will be available in production quantities during the first half of 2005.

Tim Jenks, chief executive officer for NeoPhotonics notes, "The future of optical components lies in integration. Our triplexer is the first integrated component that combines active elements such as lasers directly with PLC passive elements. As such it is the first example of a new class of integrated products that provide a great increase in performance while simultaneously reducing costs. We are pleased to provide these new products to our customers for evaluation."

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