SDL, Inc. (Nasdaq: SDLI) announced the introduction of a new product line of low cost, small form factor erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for use in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) fiber optic transmission networks. The SDL MA-C series is designed to provide amplification at specific points in the network to increase flexibility in deployments. The company is presently ramping volume shipments of this product to a number of customers.
These micro-amplifiers are well suited to boost individual DWDM channels at the transmitter, as well as pre-amplify signals at the receiver to increase effective distances or to better handle increasing bit rates. The SDL MA-C series can also be used to amplify single channels at an optical switch or wavelength router to compensate for losses effectively making transparent switching possible.
The micro-amplifier module delivers stable and reliable power to meet the temperature requirements in a small form factor package. This enables DWDM system engineers both design and architecture flexibility. The MA-C series is powered by SDL 980nm pump modules that utilize the new high performance SDL 6540 980nm chips.
SDL's products power the transmission of data, voice and Internet information over fiber optic networks to meet the needs of telecommunications, DWDM, cable television and satellite communications applications.