November 12, 2002 - Components supplier Lightconnect (Newark, CA) is launching an 8-channel variable-optical-attenuator (VOA) module that meets industry standard requirements for optical performance, size and electrical drive. Applications for the device include power control and equalization, receiver protection, channel on/off switching, multiplexing/demultiplexing, and optical add/drop modules.
Designed with an industry-common 50 x 53 mm footprint, 12-pin header and 5 or 15-volt electrical drive, the MEMS VOA module provides network system suppliers with the flexibility to interchange VOA modules from multiple vendors without altering their PC board designs.
"At a time when even large established suppliers cannot be trusted to provide a reliable source of optical components, OEMs are at an extreme risk if they don't buy from multiple component vendors," said Yves Le Maitre, vice president of marketing at Lightconnect. "As a stable and well-funded company, we offer a compact module that provides assurance of supply without the extra burden of multiple board designs."
The VOA module consists of eight VOAs based on the company's proprietary MEMS technology. It features low insertion loss, polarization dependent loss, and power consumption. In addition, the VOAs demonstrate excellent repeatability and low hysteresis, unlike shutter-MEMS VOAs.
The product has exceeded all Telcordia GR-1312 requirements for reliability and stability. In production since July, it is priced under $3000.00 in volume. For more information, visit www.lightconnect.com.