OFC 2001 showcase

March 1, 2001
Systems Fiber-alignment unitThe Suruga Seiki line of optical-fiber alignment units customizes application-specific workstations. Features available include tabletop or freestanding breadboards; LD, PD, fiber, waveguide, fiber array, objective lens, or other device holder; 2-axis manual to 6-axis motorized I/O alignment units; and video-monitoring units. Systems can be designed to user specification.Navitar Inc., Rochester, NY

Provisioning platform
The OSX 5000 is a single-switch multiservice provisioning platform that can map thousands of traditional SONET/TDM circuits, hundreds of thousands of ATM circuits, and Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet users onto the fiber network without the complexity associated with multiple switch fabrics. The product can act as a standards-compliant TDM crossconnect supporting more than 9,000 VT1.5 circuits, an ATM switch supporting more than 230,000 PVCs, a wire-speed 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch, or a wire-speed OC-48 IP switch.
Ocular Networks Inc., Reston, VA

Raman telecom module
The RMS-2 flat super Raman telecom module is a system-ready, multiwavelength super Raman pump source designed to provide flat Raman gain from 1,530 to 1,565 nm. Super Raman pumping produces distributed Raman gain in transmission fibers, which provides up to 2.5 dB of extra margin improvement compared to conventional Raman pumping. The RMS-2 features individual hot-swap replaceable pump laser diodes, which result in a lower FIT value for the module as a whole.
MPB Communications Inc.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

Optical-switching platformThe SN 16000 is an intelligent optical-switching platform that enables service providers to deliver end-to-end high-speed wave services, differentiated from other services through multilevel optical protection schemes, configurable QoS guarantees, and high availability. Its routing algorithms enable the product to make optimal lightpath assignment decisions, and its use of industry-standard routing and signaling protocols enable it to scale and network elements for large-scale applications.Sycamore Networks, Chelmsford, MA
Optical-access switch The newest release of the QB5000 optical-access switch incorporates ATM switching capabilities that allow it to act as a standalone metro edge switch or to work in conjunction with a passive optical network. Included in the product is an OC-3c/VT1.5 interface that allows service providers to maximize the efficiency of their network by "grooming" voice traffic from their data traffic at the metro edge. Quantum Bridge Communications Inc., Andover, MA
Photonic crossconnectThe Cross Light photonic crossconnect is the cornerstone of the company's intelligent optical-networking solution, as it routes wavelengths through its all-optical switching matrix, eliminating the optical-electrical conversion typical in existing optical broadband crossconnect systems. The product, at an initial size of 512x512 ports, has the capacity to grow to 4kx4k ports. The architecture, along with the transparent photonic matrix, allows the system to be bit-rate and protocol independent and scalable to 160 Tbits/sec.Alcatel, Plano, TX
Optical-edge solutionThe OSAP 4800 optical-edge solution brings packet-switching efficiency and intelligence to SONET/SDH transport networks, allowing providers to deploy highly resilient, high-revenue optical Ethernet services with leadership time-to-service, global coverage, and cost of ownership. Current voice and private-line revenues are protected with OSAP's integrated TDM support. OSAP's protocol mediation capabilities replace multiple WAN access technologies with a service-aware Ethernet "plug in the wall."Appian Communications, Boxborough, MA
Optical access nodeThe ON 2000 optical access node supports fundamental broadband access services, including T1 and T3 with digital crossconnect, low-cost Ethernet, DSL scaling, and optical transport services, while enabling network service providers to maximize their current revenues from tariffed voice and data services. The product also accommodates a range of emerging metro service offerings, such as 10/100/1-Gbit Ethernet offerings and aggregation of DSLAM traffic for transport to DWDM networks at bandwidths up to OC-48.Astral Point Communications Inc., Chelmsford, MA,

Optical application router
The Optical Applications Router 5 (OAR 5) with tunable-wavelength selection is a one-box solution that allows users to directly access application services on the optical metro network by vertically integrating per-application bandwidth policing, IP routing, and SONET add/drop multiplexing with tunable WDM laser technology. The OAR 5 comes with a directory-based policy-management system that allows service providers to set network-usage policies for good performance of a variety of applications.
Atoga Systems Inc., Fremont, CA

Fiber service platformThe fiber service platform 3000 is a DWDM transport system designed for use in enterprise, carrier access, and metropolitan networks. It consists of optical terminal multiplex and add/drop multiplex systems and supports various topologies, such as two- and four-fiber point-to-point, linear add/drop, and two-fiber ring. Up to 32 protected or up to 64 unprotected can be transmitted over a two-fiber ring configuration. The product provides flexibility through protocol transparent interfaces supporting SONET/SDH as well as FDDI, Ethernet, Escon, Ficon, etc.ADVA, Ramsey, NJ
Aggregation and transport systemThe lightwave efficient network solution (LENS) 1220 is a flexible and scalable aggregation and transport system, which combines the benefits of SONET and DWDM features into one solution for long-haul and metro applications. It uses subcarrier multiplexing (SCM) to provide 20 Gbits/sec of capacity per wavelength. LENS scalable architecture offers ADM functionality for all traffic and is compatible with DWDM. It provides tributary interfaces from SONET OC-3c to OC-48 and Gigabit Ethernet.Centerpoint Broadband Technologies Inc., San Jose, CA

Optical-edge platform
The ONS15327 optical-edge platform delivers optical transport to the edge of metro networks. This platform enables service providers to deploy Internet-scale, carrier-class services rapidly. With its multiservice flexibility, customers can deliver TDM and IP optical services to meet increasing demands.
Cisco Systems, Petaluma, CA

DWDM/ATM platform
The XDM is created for carriers' next-generation, multilayer, multiservice, hybrid optical metro and regional networks that are scalable and architecturally flexible. It is a five-in-one platform that integrates DWDM, ADM (SONET/SDH), data, DCS, and point-and-click provisioning onto a single system for end-to-end, on-demand services provisioning across multiple network layers. XDM's build-as-you-grow features enable carriers to begin with small networks with ring topology and later migrate to mesh networks with tiered protection schemes.
Lightscape Networks, an ECI Telecom Co., Herndon, VA

Optical switch
The Aurora optical switch has 512 ports and is designed to switch high-speed optical signals while converging multiple network layers. The StarNet OS delivers standards-based intelligence to optical networks, allowing carriers to implement cost-effective mesh networks while providing ring-like restoration performance. The StarNet wavelength-management system provides wavelength management and lets carriers customize their optical services. The StarNet planner and modeler offers advanced network planning and simulation tools that carriers can use to optimize their network performance at low cost.
Tellium Inc., Oceanport, NJ


Metro EDWA
The Metro erbium-doped waveguide amplifier (EDWA) is a complete, ultra-compact gain block for metropolitan optical networks. It includes pump laser with TEC cooler, pump/signal multiplexer, pump-blocking filter on output, a tap coupler with photodiode for output monitoring, and an output isolator. The Metro EDWA delivers 10 dB of gain over the entire C-band in a 13x2.7x1.3-cm package. Delivery options include a plug-and-play evaluation board and control software. Polarization-maintaining versions are also available.
Teem Photonics, Meylan, France

DWDM open platform
This 160-channel athermal DWDM open platform is a complete set of modules and components necessary to build high-capacity 1.6-Tbit/sec optical-telecommunications systems. The platform is fully upgradeable, scalable, compact, and athermal. A fiber-optic system may be built using a small initial number of DWDM channels and later scaled for high channel counts by adding additional modules and components. The system is bidirectional and may be employed as either a multiplexer or demultiplexer.
Oplink Communications Inc., San Jose, CA

Optical-performance monitor

This optical-performance monitor provides precise measurements of both optical power and wavelength for every C-band channel. The product has ultra-high dynamic range of 60 dB, allowing the monitoring of optical channels independently of channel variations of transport power. The module's high optical-power sensitivity permits optical-performance monitoring with negligible effect on the signal power. Standard offering includes GUI and connections for CO alarms.
Lightchip Inc., Salem, MA

Line amplifierThis line amplifier delivers good optical performance and gain control in a full-featured, highly integrated module for L-band EDFA applications. The low noise figure and flat gain enables multimegameter transmission distances. The wide bandwidth and low polarization dependence enables terabit capacity. The product simplifies system design and network configuration with full electronic control, including variable attenuation and gain settings via a simple digital interface. The product is available for field deployment.Onetta, San Jose, CA
Optical GBICThe AB-LHSX is an optical GBIC that extends the distance of a Gigabit Ethernet data transmission from 220 m to 2,000 m over multimode fiber. Its key technology enabler is the integration of optoelectronics and coarse WDM into miniaturized packaging optimized for LAN and MAN applications. The device fits into any standard GBIC-based port of a Gigabit Ethernet router or switch and extends the life of the installed cabling infrastructure.Blaze Network Products, Dublin, CA

Erbium-doped fiber amplifier
The EDFA 1000 uses 980/1,480-nm technology for generating output power up to 18 dBm in single stage and up to 23 dBm in dual stage. The noise figure is less than 0.5 dB. The front panel is equipped with backlight LCD display and push buttons that display operation status. The output power for certain applications can be decreased to 3 dB via an internal control circuit. The EDFA 1000 is especially fit for the cable-TV and telecom industries.
Technology Thesaurus Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Optical transceiverThis RJ-format product integrates the function of an LC optical transceiver into an RJ-45 module using advanced chip-on-board techniques. These transceivers are available in single-port and four-port integrated modules and use the same footprint, panel cutouts, and mounting fixtures as the RJ-45 UTP modular jack. This transceiver features enhanced EMI/RMI shielding with an integral stamped metal shield and chassis ground. It is available for Fast Ethernet, OC-3, Escon, and OC-12.Stratos Lightwave Inc., Chicago, IL
Bandwidth expanderThe eXpander system integral expands the usable bandwidth of fiber into the S-band. The eXpander is capable of 96 channels of 10-Gbit/sec transmission at 50-GHz spacing. The benefit for carriers is quick deployment, new revenue opportunities, and additional capacity at lower cost per gigabit per kilometer. DWDM system vendors can integrate the product as a feature enhancement into their existing and emerging DWDM systems.Xtera Communications, Allen, TX

AWG/arrayed VOA module
The V-Mux is a device enabling a new generation of flexible WDM system architectures. Based on the company's P-core silica-on-silicon planar-lightguide-circuit technology, the product integrates the functionality of an AWG multiplexer and an arrayed variable optical attenuator. Offering complete control over AWG wavelength alignment and individual channel power, the V-Mux is available in 8- to 40-channel, 50- or 100-GHz grid configurations.
SDL Inc., San Jose, CA


radius-control module
The RCM provides the BICSI-recommended minimum bend radius for fiber-optic cables, is molded of UL94V-0 flame-retardant impact-resistant polycarbonate, and rigid enough to withstand large bundle loads. NEBS compliant, the RCM speeds up wiring integration efforts and increases productivity. The RCM snaps on to any sheet-metal edge up to 0.104 inches, retained horizontally by a zinc-plated carbon steel clip. It also may be screw-mounted perpendicular to the cabinet.
Device Technologies Inc.
Marlborough, MA

Raman sourceThis dual-wavelength Raman source brings Raman gain to the entire C-or L-band in one telecom-grade package. Power in each wavelength is independently adjustable, allowing in-situ gain-flatness optimization. This technology reduces noise in long-distance DWDM systems. With output powers of up to 3 W, one source can provide distributed gain in four or more fibers.IPG Photonics, Sturbridge, MA
Optical harmonic equalizerThe optical harmonic equalizer (OHE) is an optical subsystem comprised of software, electronics, and optics that shapes and controls the gain profile of an optical-amplifier output spectrum, flattening it to within 0.5 dB across the C-and L-bands. The OHE is based upon liquid crystal and polarization-control technology and offers low insertion loss, PDL, PMD, and dispersion as well as high reliability without having to split the spectrum band into discrete sub-bands and control the power levels of each sub-band separately.Chorum Technologies Inc., Richardson, TX
10-Gbit/sec transponderThis OC-192 TOTR-370 small-footprint, full-featured 10-Gbit/sec transponder incorporates a 1,550-nm EML-based transmitter and PIN receiver, including the electronics required to multiplex and demultiplex 16 622-Mbit/sec channels for use in SONET/SDH-compliant short-reach applications. This package offers the small footprint and thin profile (114x88.7x13.4 mm) necessary to maximize design and supply flexibility.Toshiba, Houston

The 10-Gbit/sec MSA long-reach transceiver/transponder module has a small form factor and can achieve distances greater than 80 km for OC-192 transmission without the need for optical amplification. The long-reach module is compliant to the MSA 300 PIN small-form-factor specifications. The module includes 10-Gbit/sec optics and 622-MHz electronics. The unit is designed using a CW DFB laser, lithium- niobate modulator, and is available with a PIN or APD receiver, depending on the users' requirements.
JDS Uniphase, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Optical subsystem,The TetraPak40 optical subsystem enables optical systems to deliver aggregated speed up to 40 Gbits/sec in a 6.5x3.3x0.6-inch footprint. The product serializes 64 differential LVDS electrical signals into four 10-Gbit/sec serial-optical-data output stream and does the opposite on the other side. Clock synthesis, clock recovery, and input reference clock cleanup circuits are also included within the module. The product supports SONET/SDH OC-192/STM-64, Gigabit Ethernet standard, and SONET FEC (10.664-Gbit/sec) rate.
CENiX, Allentown, PA

Thin-film-filter ADM,This all-passive, filter-based, high-isolation 50-GHz optical add-drop multiplexer achieves -1 dB passband bandwidth minimum of lc ±-0.06 nm over operating conditions from -5°C to +55°C. The product offers low insertion loss, high directivity, an epoxy-free optical path, and low polarization-dependent loss. The 50-GHz module is available in standard ITU wavelengths and with package dimensions of 126x93x15 mm.
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc., Sunnyvale, CA


Backplane connector system
FiberGate is an optical-fiber backplane connector system that incorporates 1.25-mm ceramic ferrules to provide four individually aligned terminations in the space of a single SC. Shutters ensure cleanliness, and full-floating mounting ensures positive alignment on boards.
Huber & Suhner Inc., Essex Jct., VT

Fused-fiber couplersThe ultra-low PDL fused-fiber couplers are used for critical applications for telecom, cable TV, network monitoring, and LAN. The couplers are available for wideband and dual window and comply with Bellcore GR-1209-CORE and GR-1221-CORE standards for performance and reliability. Configurations are available in 1x2 or 2x2, which are packaged with tube type or rugged box for bare fiber, 900-m loose tube, or 3-mm fiber jackets.FiberCom Optics Communication Corp., Hsin Tien City, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan
MU attenuatorThe size of the MU attenuator is the same as a standard MU plug, so the attenuator can be installed into any port at a multiple ganged adapter. Plug housing is detachable, so the attenuation dB level can be changed easily at the field (attenuation level: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 15, 20 dB).Hirose Electric Co. Ltd., Simi Valley, CA
DWDM mux/demuxThis filter-based 20-channel 100-GHz DWDM offers high performance and is well suited to meet tough bandwidth and performance demands for both metro and long-haul uses. It features low insertion loss and PDL, high channel isolation, high stability and reliability without temperature control, and epoxy-free optical path.Global Opticom, Sunnyvale, CA
DWDM deviceThis 200-GHz spacing ITU-channel DWDM device is manufactured based on thin-film filter technology. The device offers a low channel insertion loss, plus high center wavelength accuracy and high adjacent band isolation characteristics. The product is manufactured under state-of-the-art micro-optomechanical fusion technique, resulting in a passband curve. Features include a transmit channel insertion loss of 0.8 dB and reflect channel insertion loss of 0.35 dB.HD Fiber Systems Inc., Santa Clara, CA
Gain-flattening filterThis gain-flattening filter minimizes the power variation in each DWDM channel. Thin-film filters inverse the profile caused by the ASE response of EDFAs. The insertion loss of the filters is less than 0.5 dB at 1,550 nm. With an in-situ photo spectroscopy of optical multilayer deposition systems, the transmission profile of the filters can be obtained directly. Inforay Technology Inc., Hsinchu, Taiwan
Fiber-optic receiver moduleThe RXM-750 is an integrated fiber-optic receiver module powered by a single 5-V power supply and is housed in a 20-PIN DIL package. It is suited for SONET OC-1, -3, -12, and other 45-Mbit/sec to 750-Mbit/sec fiber-optic transmission applications. It is available with multimode fiber pigtail with either an ST or LC connector.Vectron International, Norwalk, CT
Mux/demux moduleThe Multifilter includes a 50-GHz multiplexer and a 50-GHz demultiplexer, both of which are passively temperature compensated from -5 to +65°C and exhibit a thermal coefficient of only 0.02 GHz/°C. In addition, the design provides true zero chromatic dispersion for the multiplexer/ demultiplexer pair across the entire 20-GHz-wide passband. The low crosstalk design ensures a bandwidth utilization factor in excess of 40%.Arroyo Optics, Santa Monica, CA
SMT capillaryThis capillary for surface mount technology (CSMT) provides laser chip and photodiode chip with simple and cost-effective interface for light I/O. CSMT is put in front of LD/PD with V-groove and just passive alignment; it will then be molded to a module. As CSMT is reliable for reflow at 250°C, the module can be assembled on PCB. Frontiers Atlantic Corp., Rocky Hill, CT
Optical variable attenuatorThe Model 780ZA "photom" optical variable attenuator is hand-held for the various applications of variable attenuating continuously in singlemode fiber at wavelengths of 1,310 nm and 1,550 nm. The product has the function of relative display, auto power off, wavelength selection, attenuation of 60 dB, and 0.1 B display resolution. It is operated by UM-3 (AA)x4 pcs batteries or by an AC adapter.Haktronics Co. Ltd., Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Optical transceiver moduleDeveloped for use in customer premise equipment in FTTH and FTTB transmission systems, the OD-B1511-ONU optical network unit features on-board feed-forward circuitry that monitors and adjusts for temperature changes, maintaining consistent power to the laser diode. Specifications include -4 to +2 dBm output power, 155.52-Mbit/sec bit rate, and 1,260-1,360-nm, and 1,480-1,580-nm optical wavelength.California Eastern Laboratories, Santa Clara, CA
Variable optical attenuatorThis variable optical attenuator, part of the YS-500 Series, features performances that match the needs for metro, transport, and intercontinental submarine networks. Due to the magneto-optical mechanism, the product has sub-millisecond response and analog operations for easy controls. In addition to the standard model, there is also available a low WDL model, a low PDL model, and a high-dynamic-range model.FDK Corp., Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
E/E converterThe DSC20H is a high-output 40-Gbit/sec E/E converter designed to output 500 mV with 13-dBm optical input power of 43 Gbits/sec NRZ data. The high output signal eliminates the need for additional amplifier modules. DC coupling ensures passage of SONET/SDH framing signals, minimizing intersymbolic interference and jitter. The small size of the fiber pigtailed module saves space for DWDM and long-haul applications.Discovery Semiconductors Inc., Princeton Jct., NJ,
DWDM filter/moduleThis module is designed for DWDM systems in communications backbones and networks. The interference filter allows signals of different transmission bit rate, different formats, and different wavelengths to be carried in one fiber and to increase the transmission system capacity. The modules feature low insertion loss, high channel isolation, small channel space, and epoxy-free optical path.O-Net Communications Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Tunable transmitter
The MTX-TEML tunable transmitter has three sections: gain, phase, and Bragg. Electronic quasi-tuning is achieved by injecting current into the phase and Bragg sections, and up to 16 channels of tuning is possible with a switching time of less than 10 microsec. In DWDM systems, the product can back up 16 EMLs. Built into the module are the microcontroller, temperature controller, current sources, and modulator driver-as well as a wavelength reference interface and monitoring functions.
Multiplex, S. Plainfield, NJ

VOA multiplexerThe LightWeaver variable optical attenuator (VOA) multiplexer combines up to 40 VOAs with an AWG multiplexer, replacing 40 or more discrete packages with one. This product provides the functionality of VOA arrays and an AWG in one device, with additional savings in size and cost compared to conventional methods using discrete components.Lightwave Microsystems Corp., San Jose, CA,
MEMS switchThis PCB-mountable on/off 1x2 and 2x2 MEMS switch is available with a variety of connector options. Activated by a low-voltage pulse, the switch is very small and incorporates key features, including latching, status circuitry, low insertion loss, low power consumption, and fast switching time. Utilizing the reliability of MEMS, the switch is used in configurable add/drop products, central-office switching, optical-network protection and restoration, transmission equipment protection, and network test systems.Litton Poly-Scientific, Blacksburg, VA
Shadow EVOAThe high-input power shadow electronic variable optical attenuator is suitable for Raman pump applications and can handle more than 500 mW of optical fiber from 1,450 nm through the L- band. Additional features include insertion loss of 0.15 dB, low polarization-dependent loss, and compact size. Molecular OptoElectronics Corp., Watervliet, NY
Fiber termination boxThis 19-inch/23-inch rack-mount fiber termination box meets ETSI standards. Features include 24 fusion splicings and adapters and pigtails in one unit height; light weight and compact size; adapters available with SC, ST, and FC from 8-24 ports; and 483x43x240-mm dimensions.Emit Technology Co. Ltd., Shintein City, Taipei, Taiwan
Backplane interconnect systemWith the versatility of an edge card connector, the high-density backplane MT provides a smooth transition from pc board components to the backplane using a standard MT interface. It is used for connecting backplanes and crossconnect systems in computing equipment and telecommunications equipment, including transmitters, switches, multiplexers, and demultiplexers.Molex Fiber Optics, Downers Grove, IL
Rack/wall-mount panelThe universal 2RU panel is part of the company's Opt-X fiber system. The 3.5-inch-high rack/wall mount panel accommodates up to six mounting plates and supports a variety of adapter styles including ST, SC, and MT-RJ. The panel is constructed of 16-gauge heavy steel and features enhanced internal accessibility, improved labeling options, and more flexible mounting brackets. With the 2RU enclosure, mounting plates support up to 144 fibers in MT-RJ, 72 with duplex adapters, or 48 for ST adapters.Leviton Voice and Data Div., Bothell, WA

Dispersion-management device
The Hi-Mode dispersion-management device manages an effect in optical transport fiber-chromatic dispersion. The product manages dispersion and dispersion slope continuously across all wavelengths in the C-and L-bands, maximizing available bandwidth on the fiber; matches dispersion and dispersion-slope characteristics for any fiber type over any span distance; and yields a low insertion loss and handles high optical power levels without introducing non-linearities.
LaserComm Inc., Plano, TX

Glass-ceramic materials
NEX negative-expansion glass-ceramics materials display negative thermal expansion. The NEX-1 (CTE: -8 ppm/°C) may be utilized as a mount for athermalized packaging of fiber-Bragg grating components. The product eliminates the need for active temperature control and reduces component cost by simplifying the mounting structure. The NEX-1 is environmentally stable and can be machined into complicated shapes.
Ohara Corp., Somerville, NJ

Micro fiber collimator
The FCS10 micro fiber collimator uses the company's SELFOC micro lens and is optimized for a working distance of 100 mm. The collimator is specified to have insertion loss below 0.25 dB. The beam diameter at 100 mm is approximately 490 microns. Measuring 12 mm in length, the collimator includes either a glass or stainless-steel ferrule. The glass ferrule has an outer diameter of 1.4 mm, and the stainless steel's is 1.25 mm.
NSG America Inc., Somerset, NJ

Power monitor
This DWDM power monitor is a real-time power monitor for DWDM equipment control in complex DWDM networks. One of the primary applications is in EDFAs, where dynamic range of the erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) can be increased dramatically, thereby securing a more flexible network and driving down operational costs. Other applications will be for monitoring configurable optical add/drop multiplexers.
ADC, Minneapolis

Gain-flattening filterThis product is a low-loss gain-flattening-filter solution with no backreflection and stable temperature performance. The all-fiber technology lends itself to high power handling in both EDFA gain flattening and ASE noise suppression. The manufacturing process ensures high flexibility, rapid design to protect turnaround, and low systematic error. For network systems, the accumulated error per amplifier is typically less than 60% of the mean error function of the individual filters.SIFAM Fibre Optics Ltd. (subsidiary of JDS Uniphase Corp.), Devon, UK

Gain Equalizer
This dynamic gain equalizer uses an optical-waveguide technology and enables the spectral response curve of an optical amplifier to be adjusted remotely and dynamically. The equalizer is a seventh-order finite impulse response filter consisting of a cascaded series of tunable couplers and delay arm stages. The device operates over a spectral range of 40 nm and has a dynamic range of 15 dB with an accuracy of ~0.5 dB.
Kymata Ltd./IBM, Livingston, Scotland

Cable equalizer/driverThe MAX3800 equalizer, a 3.3-V cable equalizer and a cable driver on a single chip, enables low-cost copper system interconnections at data rates up to 3.2 Gbits/sec. It extends the usable length of coaxial and twinaxial copper cable in high-frequency interconnect applications by equalizing differential or single-ended signals at data rates up to 3.2 Gbits/sec. It automatically adjusts to attenuation caused by skin effect levels of up to 30 dB at 1.6 GHz, making 30-m cables at less than $1.65 per meter viable interconnect solutions.Maxim Integrated Products, Sunnyvale, CA
Polarization beam combinerThis fused-fiber polarization beam combiner enables the combination of two orthogonally polarized pump lasers, doubling the input power and reducing the polarization-dependent gain effect. The product offers high reliability and low insertion loss in a compact package and can be used in both EDFAs and Raman amplifiers. The wavelength can be customized to the customer specification.WaveSplitter Technologies Inc., Fremont, CA
Fiber terminatorThe SC SM fiber terminator is a non-reflection terminal that is used mostly for fiber-optic transmission systems. It terminates and backreflects the optical output power at the open end of an unused port. Features include connector typed (R20 UPC polished) return loss over 50 dB for SM and optimum wavelength for 1,310 nm or 1,550 nm.Wha Yu Industrial Co. Ltd., Hsin Chu, Taiwan
Crosspoint switchThe VSC837 68x68 3.2-Gbit/sec crosspoint switch contains a fully non-blocking switch core that is programmed through a triple-mode port interface that allows random access programming of each I/O port. Fully differential signal paths maintain signal integrity. A 69th output can be used as an activity monitor to allow in-system diagnostics. Unused channels may be powered down to allow efficient use of the switch in applications that require only a subset of the channels. Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., Camarillo, CA
Gain-flattening filterThe TH-GFF gain-flattening filter features a spectrally adjusted fiber Bragg grating, which allows a compact filter to cover the C- and L- bands or Raman amplifier applications. The product can flatten rare-earth-doped fiber or Raman amplifiers with error-function accuracy of ±0.1 dB over the spectral range. The company uses its athermal packaging system to maintain the TH-GFF performances stable (<1 pm/°C thermal drift over the entire operating temperature range.)TeraXion, Ste. Foy, Quebec, Canada

PIN receiver
The 10-Gbit/sec PIN receiver enhances performance in current optical networks and includes a gallium arsenide transimpedance amplifier, SMA output connector, and is in a hermetically sealed package. Other features include high sensitivity (-19 dbM at a bit-error rate of 10-10), low dark current, low capacitance, high overload, and wide bandwidth.
Sensors Unlimited Inc., Princeton, NJ

PLC splitterThis planar-lightwave-circuit (PLC) splitter has the following features: a compact size, wide operating temperature (40°C to 75°C), wide operating spectrum, and high reliability (Telcordia GR-1209-CORE and GR-1221-Core equivalency). The PLC splitter is most suitable for ATM-PON.Showa Electric Wire & Cable Co. Ltd., Manato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Lensed-fiber assembly
The fiber end of this lensed fiber is polished for self-focusing, which enables it to make full use of optical power by pump lasers. The product has also been hermetically sealed in order to keep the hermeticity inside the optical-device packages. Its technology can be applied to passive and active devices.
Seikoh Giken Co. Ltd., Matsudo-Shi, Chiba, Japan

SC-LC adapter
This fiber-optic SC-LC conversion adapter is a solution for hybrid applications where new small form factors are incorporated into traditional SC configurations. The hybrid adapter contains a high-precision sleeve, which ensures the reliable mating of the SC and LC ferrules, resolving the problem of incompatibility due to the difference in ferrule diameter. The result is a high-performance hybrid adapter with low insertion and return loss.
SENKO Advanced Components Inc., Southboro, MA

LC connector
The Hotaru LC connector introduces the next generation of fiber-optic connectivity for premise, telecommunications, and broadband applications. By employing features from the RJ-45 telephone plug and the high-quality ferrule, the LC provides better productivity and economy.
Rikei Corp. of America, Sneville, GA

Optical switch
This optical switch features low insertion loss, high return loss, low crosstalk, high switch speed, low power consumption, and high reliability in a micro package. This technology offers a wide variety of fiber-optic applications, including telecommunications, data communications, system monitoring, and computer testing requirements.
ChynOptics Technologies Inc., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Photonic fiber
Manufactured with the company's outside vapor-deposition process, the PureMode ER 1550C3 photonic fiber offers gain-ripple improvement compared with other erbium-doped fibers used in C-band amplifier applications. Combined with reliability and high-volume manufacturing capability, the product works well for many C-band applications where low gain ripple is critical.
Corning Inc., Corning, NY

Laser-diode driver
The ADN2840 is a 2.5-Gbit/sec laser-diode driver with dual-loop control of laser-diode average power and extinction ratio. This design optimizes laser performance by working with standard monitor photodiodes to continuously sense the optical output power and correct for variations caused by changes in operating temperature and laser-diode degradation over time.
Analog Devices Inc., Norwood, MA

Mux/VOA modules
The BKM-55000 family of ASOC Mux/VOA modules integrate 40 variable optical attenuators with a high-port-count AWG WDM multiplexer on a single ASOC silicon chip. The devices have good insertion loss and low power consumption, giving the system the power to self-optimize to achieve maximum span lengths. This solution features 40 DWDM channels with a 100-GHz spacing and a 10-dB variable attenuation range. A digital interface and temperature controller is included.
Bookham Technology plc, Oxon, UK

Tunable bandpass filter
The AgileWave tunable bandpass filter is a digitally programmable, tunable grating module that enables routing of individual DWDM channels for optical-performance monitoring and diagnostics as well as tunable receivers. The device is accurately settable via a digital command to pass any 50-GHz ITU channel with the device operating band. Tuning is accomplished in an "optically open-loop" mode with good precision and repeatability, without wavelength referencing or spectrum analysis.
CiDRA Corp., Wallingford, CT

LD module
The AF4G407SX/HX is a 1.4-micron-band high-power LD module with fiber Bragg grating. Wavelengths covered are between 1,460-1,490 nm and high optical output, Pf, and low LD driving current are provided. The 14-pin butterfly module internally equips monitor photodiode and thermoelectric cooler. The center wavelength, at 700 mA RMS (-20 dB) is +1-1 nm and spectral width, and at 700 mA (-10dB) is 3.5 nm. Singlemode or polarization-maintaining fiber is available.
Anritsu Corp., Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan

Optical-switch moduleThe 64x64 MEMS optical-switch module assists in enabling the deployment of an all-optical network. The product employs three-dimensional nonblocking beam steering technology for low-loss, good scalability, low power consumption, and high reliability. It also includes built-in control electronics and digital interface for plug-and-play capability in a compact package. Agere Systems, Breinigsville, PA

SFF connector
The F-3000 is a small-form-factor connector that features two component ferrules of 1.25 mm, which allows active core alignment, integrated spring-loaded protective cap and metal shutters in the mating adapters for high laser protection, full compatibility with LC standard, high packing density and modular construction, and mating repeatability in PC and APC versions. The product is also suitable for simplex, duplex, and backplane applications.
DIAMOND SA, Losone, Switzerland

Optical-switch moduleThe LT-800 optical-switch module, available in 1x3 to 1x16 configurations, delivers high switching speed with minimal insertion loss. Designed to meet Telcordia 1073 and 1221 performance and reliability standards, the product combines high repeatability with low crosstalk. The product is offered latching or non-latching to satisfy the requirements of customer-specific telecom and datacom applications. LIGHTech Fiberoptics Inc., San Leandro, CA
Metal injection moldingMetal injection molding (MIM) is a process for creating precision-metal component parts. The process brings cost and time savings and allows complex fiber-optic components to be designed for around 40% less than conventional processes. MIM parts are dense and have the same mechanical and corrosion properties as conventionally machined or cast parts. The company can manufacture from a wide range of materials, such as kovar, copper tungsten, stainless steel, and carbide.Europlus Technologies plc, Suffolk, UK
Clock and data recovery modulesThis clock and data recovery module uses phase-lock-loop architecture and a high-stability, low-noise SAW VCO to provide low-jitter clock and data outputs for SONET applications. The M830 module regenerates the spectral component from an incoming NRZ data stream and output low-jitter clock and retimed complementary data. Typical data output jitter at 12.25 Gbits/sec is less than 8 psecp-p. The module is good for SONET OC-192 and SDH system applications.Micro Networks, Worcester, MA

Optical preamplifier
The 1907 OFA compact preamplifier is dedicated to high-bit-rate telecommunications applications such as optical crossconnects, metropolitan networks, and DWDM systems. Currently available for 2.5-Gbit/sec, 10-Gbit/sec, and 40-Gbit/sec preamplification applications, the 1907 OFA features improved optical and electrical performance, reducing the noise factor to typical 5 dB as well as power consumption to typical 3.5 W. Its size, 70x90x12 mm3, is made possible by using a new pump package.
Alcatel Optronics, Nozay Cedex, France

Optical-fiber receiver protection componentsThis attenuator-switch element will enable stable attenuation control up to 20 dB and provide a high >60 dB "off" condition. The device offers low insertion loss and low backreflection. The component is also available in a PM fiber option. In addition to providing the switch, the product also provides a stable variable attenuator to control the power level up to 20 dB attenuation and >60 dB isolation when circuit protection is required.ProtoDel International Ltd., Surrey, UK
Widely tunable laser assemblyThe 3040 is a high-power, InP sampled grating distributed-Bragg-reflector laser that uses electronics and software to rapidly tune wavelength over 100 C-band channels. Enabling carriers to maximize network capacity through dynamic wavelength provisioning, the product can be used for many applications, including dynamic OADM, OXC, and wavelength converters. The 3040 laser offers solid-state reliability and is good for simplifying the carriers' network planning processes as customer demands change.Agility Communications, Santa Barbara, CA
Optical circulatorThe optical circulator has low loss, high reliability, and a compact low-profile design to be used in ADMs of DWDM systems. The circulator is made of the company's garnet, rutile, and magnet materials. Insertion loss of all ports is <0.9 dB and isolation is >40 dB. PDL is <0.15 dB and return loss is >50 dB. Outer diameter is 5 mm and length is 46 mm.Tokin Corp., Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Etalon filterThis etalon filter has flexible designs for wavelength symbol p, FSR, Finesse, etc. This solid-type etalon filter has good thermal stability and is designed for LD built-in wavelength monitors. The air-gap-type etalon filter with good thermal stability in an airproof environment works well for an external wavelength locker. The etalon filter is manufactured with various optical materials.Kogakugiken Corp., Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa, Japan

Tunable LD
The FLD5F15CA is a 20-mW, four-channel tunable CW LD intended for use in conjunction with an external modulator in DWDM and SONET/SDH applications. The device is packaged in an industry-standard 14-pin butterfly-type package. The product can be tuned across 2.4 nm via adjustment of the chip temperature with the included TEC. The included wave locker allows the user to effectively "lock" the output wavelength to the desired channel to within ±20 pm accuracy across temperature and aging. A 50-GHz offset version is available.
Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor Inc.,
San Jose, CA

External-cavity diode laserThis widely tunable external-cavity diode laser for telecom network applications offers 13-dBm power output over a 40-nm tuning range with spectral purity and stability. This performance combination will enable the higher data rates and channel counts and advanced modulation techniques of next-generation optical networks. This laser will enable new system architectures with real-time provisioning and dynamic add/drop. New Focus, San Jose, CA
Fiber-laser systemThe IFL01W1EB-AD-PM fiber-laser system for operation in the C-band offers stable single polarization and longitudinal mode. It is a compact and highly integrated polarization-maintaining laser source designed for coherent communications and sensor interferometry, providing good performance on linewidth (down to 1kHz), signal-to-ASE noise ratio, and power levels of up to 20 mW or more.IONAS A/S, Birkeroed, Denmark

Optical-fiber cable
DryTech, a new patented concept for loose tube cables, improves performance and reduces installation cost. By replacing traditional water-blocking compound with a foamed thermoplastic elastometer, the mechanical crush performance increases by 50%. The impact force can also be increased by 20%. All this results in fiber protection, while the size of the cable is unchanged. DryTech fulfills standard technical requirements.
Ericsson Network Technologies AB, Sundbyberg, Switzerland

Metallized fiberThis Ni-Au metallized fiber is manufactured using an ion-assisted deposition process. The product is suitable for LD/PD modules, because it provides high reliability. Customer specifications such as cleaved and chiseled are possible for the type of tip processing of the fiber. Mimaki Electronic Components Co. Ltd., Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
WDM filtersThe IST BP402 8-channel CWDM filters have center wavelengths of 1,471, 1,491, 1,511, 1,531, 1,551, 1,571, 1,591, and 1,611 nm. Insertion loss is less than 0.5 dB, ripple is less than 0.3 dB, bandwidth at -0.3 dB is greater than 13 nm, and bandwidth at -30 dB is less than 26 nm. Typical sizes are 1.4x1 mm. Iridian Spectral Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
LiNbO3 modulatorThis OC-192 LiNbO3 modulator is designed for long-haul and ultra-long-haul DWDM applications. This product has low RF drive voltage and high extinction ratio. The modulator works in the 1,550-nm wavelength and can also be designed for 1,300 nm or L-band. Its compact size enables it to fit into a 3-inch package. The modulator can be integrated with forward-error-correction, return-to-zero, variable-optical-attenuator, and fixed-chip operations.TriLink Corp., Baldwin Park, CA

Optical tunable filter
Designed specifically for DWDM applications, this optical tunable filter enables wavelength tuning of a dielectric interference filter without change to the optical properties such as bandwidth, polarization-dependent loss, and insertion loss. The filter has a 35-nm tuning range and can be supplied with a range of filter elements. The package is 30x105x12 mm in size and is hermetically sealed. Both C- and L-band versions are available.
Santec Corp., Komaki, Aichi, Japan

These garnet thin-film Faraday rotators for C- and L-band applications are characterized by a low temperature coefficient, low insertion loss, and high extinction ratio. The free-space optical isolators are available in various formats, such as low-cost surface mount, cylindrical, and high-performance pigtailed form.
Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

Modulator driverThe KGL4115F is an ultra broadband amplifier equipped with a high output voltage of 2.7 Vpp, and it incorporates output crosspoint and output bias control functions. The device has a high peak-to-peak voltage, enabling a low bit-error ratio. The driver has an input return loss of 15 dB and a rise and fall time of less than 40 psec.Oki Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, CA
Optical fanoutThis 12x22 (264-fiber) is an optical fanout of 50-micron graded index fiber on a 250-micron center-to-center pitch. The fanout end is terminated with industry-standard 12-fiber MT connectors. Custom common end pitch sizes, fiber counts, and housing designs are available upon request. This product is one of a line produced to help solve the high-density waveguide-management problem for active-device customers.Schott Communications Technologies Inc., Yonkers, NY

Erbium-doped fiber
This erbium-doped fiber, a critical subcomponent used in the development and manufacture of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), assists in the regeneration of the optical signal when it passes through EDFAs. This erbium-doped fiber is specifically targeted at the wavelengths supported by the most widely used EDFAs and will include fiber that is optimized for use within the C- and L-bands.
StockerYale Inc., Salem, NH

Fiber-management systemDoubling the density of conventional 72-fiber shelves, the HDX fiber-management system features 144 fibers per shelf for a total capacity of 1,008 fibers within its 7-shelf mounted system-and a complete end-to-end solution, improved cord management, time-saving splice organizer, LGX compatibility, and maximum speed and transmission reliability. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, Research Triangle Park, NC
Test EquipmentHigh-density source bankThe SSB-9200 high-density source bank is designed in response to the increasing demands of WDM component, amplifier, and system testing. The product can accommodate up to 48 individual DFB laser sources for high-channel-count systems. The SSB-9200 adds to present multichannel solutions by adding improved control electronics, a completely redesigned user interface and enclosure, and integrated options such as a multiplexer and VOA.ILX Lightwave Corp., Bozeman, MTFusion splicerThe dual-mode PAS/LID fusion 3500 automatic fusion splicer provides several features in one machine. In LID mode it can align any two fibers core-to-core in 12 to 15 sec with 0.05-micron resolution, documented singlemode average splice loss of 0.016 dB, and splice-loss estimates that are within ±0.02 dB of true loss 90% of the time. In profile-alignment mode it can align and splice in 8 sec. All of the machine parts can be cleaned with compressed air.Aurora Instruments Inc., Ambler, PA
Combination workstationThe FVCW video fiber combination workstation is a fully integrated, bench-top workstation that contains two video- inspection microscopes. One of the microscopes is used to inspect pigtails, while the "probe" is used to inspect connectors through bulkheads or inside test equipment. This complete test system is used in production environments.Westover Scientific, Woodinville, WA
Optical channel analyzerThe WA-7600 multiline Wavemeter optical channel analyzer measures optical wavelengths in order to characterize and optimize DWDM transmission systems. It measures the absolute wavelength of up to 256 optical signals simultaneously to the highest accuracy of ±0.3 pm. This satisfies the accuracy requirements of today's DWDM systems with 50-GHz channel spacing and tomorrow's systems with 25-GHz spacing. The product also measures the individual power and OSNR of each optical signal.Burleigh Instruments, Fishers, NY
OC-192 testerThis 4-channel OC-192 BER tester is in a 3U form factor. Each receive and transmit channel is modular and can be replaced with a variety of other test modules from DS-1 to OC-192. Each of the modules is field-upgradeable and can also be used in the company's larger chassis for greater channel density. The Web-based GUI and multiuser LAN environment enables several users to simultaneously access the same test platform.gnubi communications Inc., Addison, TX
DWDM test setThe WSP100 DWDM channel access test set is a portable DWDM tester that is designed to measure channel spacing in the C-band to 50 GHz. It offers complete ITU diagnostic measurements for DWDM systems. The product measures 9x8x3 inches and runs on rechargeable batteries. The backlit screen displays sweep results in either tabular or graph form with failed channels highlighted for troubleshooting. A built-in power meter offers 26 to -50 dBm power and loss measurements at 850, 980, 1,310, 1,480, 1,550, and 1,625 nm.Noyes, a Div. of Alcoa Fujikura Ltd., Belmont, NH
Passive-component test systemThe IQ-12004B DWDM passive-component test system automatically characterizes all critical specifications-spectral insertion loss, polarization-dependent loss, and optical return loss-of a DWDM passive component with a high degree of accuracy, ease of use, and quickness. The system sweeps a very-low-noise tunable-laser source across the C-band or the C + L-band and measures power on multiple channels, providing a quick testing time. EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc., Vanier, Quebec, Canada
Tunable fiber monitorThe Model TFM 150 is a short-haul, millimeter-resolution, zero-dead-zone, real-time, high-sensitivity optical time-domain reflectometer with a probe wavelength tunable over a 30-nm band in the 1,550-nm region. It is designed to measure the insertion loss and return loss of WDM components over a range of wavelengths. It is good for the measurement of splice losses in concatenated Bragg reflector chains and the characterization and testing of WDM multiplexer/demultiplexer and add/drop components as well as WDM fiber channels.Opto-Electronics Inc., Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Load module
The OC-192c packet-over-SONET interface load module is a comprehensive tool for validation of next-generation optical-fiber networks with WAN pacekt-over-SONET/SDH interfaces operating at the OC-192 level. The LMOC192c features a wire-speed WAN transport interface and supports OC-192c or STM-64 singlemode interfaces. The two-port module offers high port density for generation and analysis of OC-192c devices and networks.
Ixia, Calabasas, CA

Field testerThe OV-2 meter reader is a multifunction fiber-optic field tester that measures the fiber's length and loss in one unit. This high-resolution power meter and light source will measure the distance of the fiber-optic cable by connecting to a single end. It measures length of fiber in meters up to 10 km and contains a single-button-length measuring operation with no operator training issues.Fiber Instrument Sales Inc., Oriskany, NY
Chromatic-dispersion analyzerThe v-CD1 is a fully portable chromatic-dispersion analyzer for field test. The whole system is carried around in a single suitcase and is composed of a handheld, lightweight source and of a smaller analyzer, which should be connected to a notebook computer via the USB port. Several options, including 1,310 nm, L-band, and high dynamic range (>40 dB) ensure that users can characterize all installed fibers. The software gives a full chromatic-dispersion measurement in 10 sec.Luciol Instruments, Nyon, Switzerland
Fiber viewerThe Video Fiber Viewer is a compact microscope for video inspection of terminated fiber that comes in two models with a 10x or 20x objective. These objectives, configured with the right size monitor, offer the production or quality control departments a good choice for terminated fiber inspection. It can be mounted in various configurations to meet customer needs. It has a patented centering device and snap-in adapters.Prior Scientific Inc., Rockland, MA
Test moduleThis 2510 10-gigabit field-service test module provides field technicians with the lightest 10-gigabit tester available to test 10-gigabit/OC-192 optical networks. The module features the touch screen GUI of the 2000 test-pad product line. The tester simulates network traffic while running end-to-end tests to detect errors, determine quality of service, and ensure continuity and synchronization. The 2510 supports BER testing on 51 M to 2.5 G tributaries for SONET/SDH. Acterna, Germantown, MD
DWDM transmission system testerThe Advantest Q7760 is a high-end optical-network analyzer for measuring and characterizing ultra-high-speed optical components and fiber for DWDM transmission systems. The instrument simultaneously measures polarization-mode dispersion, chromatic dispersion, group delay, and amplitude in the optical-carrier frequency domain. Equipped with a swept laser and the phase-shift method, the product performs measurements with 4-sec-per-sweep span. Tektronix Inc., Beaverton, OR

Optical-network analyzer
The Q7760 optical-network analyzer can measure many optical-component characteristics with high resolution and high speed in the optical-carrier frequency domain. It can measure chromatic dispersion, PMD, amplitude characteristics, and group delay. In addition, transmission characteristics and reflection characteristics can be measured simultaneously. The product can also measure chromatic-dispersion characteristics.
Advantest Corp., Shinjuko-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Measurement systemThis optical-beam position measurement system operating at the IR range is based on a CCD 0.5-inch camera, measuring both CW and pulsed beams and having a submicron resolution for minute movements. This is a plug-in system (PCI or ISA), running under Windows 9X. Features include: up to three regions of interest for simultaneous measurements of three beams, a beam 2-D contour map displayed in real-time, and a software control over electronic shutter and gain.Duma Optronics Ltd., Nesher, Israel
Library softwareThe Photonic Foundation Library is measurement and analysis software for volume manufacturers of optical components to offer measurement accuracy, high throughput, and short implementation time. Convenient programming is achieved through integrating complex measurement, instrument control, and data analysis tasks into library functions. The library also features proprietary processes to improve measurement accuracy of critical parameters, as well as a pseudo-real-time operating mode.Agilent Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, CA
Optical-spectrum analyzerThe AQ6317B, reference equipment for the next generation, is an advanced optical-spectrum analyzer for a wide range of applications, including light-source evaluation, measurement of loss wavelength characteristics in optical devices, and waveform analysis of WDM systems. Especially at the C- and L-bands, the unit achieves wavelength accuracy of ±20 pm and wavelength linearity and can evaluate optical devices for WDM.Ando Electric Co. Ltd., Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
SONET/Ethernet testerThe STG allows testing of both SONET/SDH and 10/100/1,000 Ethernet in the same portable device. This combination allows the STG to incorporate the testing of both telecom and datacom fiber-based services, an essential tool for the deployment of next-generation metro DWDM systems, which deliver services such as SONET OC-48 and Gigabit Ethernet on the same platform. Features include DS-0 to OC-48 testing capabilities, ergonomic design, hand-held portability, and a rubberized enclosure.Avantas Networks, St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada
Fiber test adaptersThis line of fiber test adapters (FTAs) for the DSP-4000 Series Digital CableAnalyzers match the network transmission light source and add automated dual-fiber, dual-wavelength test and certification capabilities for singlemode fiber and Gigabit Ethernet multimode fiber installations. The DSP-FTA430S singlemode FTA uses a Fabry-Perot laser and the DSP-FTA440S gigabit multimode FTA incorporates both Fabry-Perot and VCSEL lasers as their transmission sources.Fluke Networks, Everett, WA
Thin-film-filter metrology systemThe Optium metrology tools optimize key processing steps for thin-film filters including DWDM, high-pass, and low-pass. The substrate mapper identifies known good areas of filter substrates, minimizing downstream processing of out-of-spec parts. The inspection system locates and classifies defects on both the filter and AR sides, revealing chips, cracks, scratches, coating defects, and contamination. The filter test and sort system tests individual filters, binning them by wavelength and other characteristics for maximum filter yield.Veeco Metrology Group, Tucson, AZ

Visual fault locator
The Model F6230A, a streamlined visual fault locator (VFL), is a pencil-style VFL that features a universal connector that accepts any optical-connector style with a 2.5-mm ferrule. It operates on a single AA alkaline battery, keeping the overall size to a minimum while providing long battery life. VFL output is from a 1-mW laser at 650 nm, providing a range of up to 5 km. The VFL features a choice of continuous or modulated output and a "low battery" indicator.
Wilcom, Laconia, NH

Design Tools

Amplifier design tool
The VPIcomponentMaker fiber amplifier delivers an integrated design environment for doped-fiber and Raman fiber amplifiers. Advanced simulation modules and dedicated instrumentation allow designers to explore, characterize, and optimize wideband, multistage, and hybrid amplifier technologies.
VPI Virtual Photonics, Holmdel, NJ

Manufacturing EquipmentOptical connector polisherThe MEP-16 is a polisher for the mass-production of optical connectors. The independent loading method using air pressure enables the product to polish from one to 16 ports at a time.NTT-ME Corp., Toshimaku, Tokyo, Japan
Buffer/stripperThe FiberStrip 7030 machine is designed for stripping buffers and/or coatings from glass fibers with high quality and repeatability. The product is 1.5 lbs, making it well suited for field use as well as a factory environment. It serves as a companion to fiber cleavers and fusion splicers. Features include the precision die blade and centering system, the adjustable temperature heating and dwell-time system, and the rate-controlled stripping system.Schleuniger, Manchester, NH

Epoxy/adhesive dispenser
The 1500XL epoxy dispenser increases yields, reduces rejects, and speeds training for new workers by using a timed air pulse to apply accurate, repeatable amounts of the adhesives used in fiber-optic assembly operations. The 1500XL removes all variability from the dispensing process by using a digital timer and controlled air pressure to determine the amount of epoxy applied. Epoxy is contained in a disposable syringe that is linked to the dispenser console by a flexible air line.
EFD Inc., East Providence, RI

Fiber-optic assembly platformThis fiber-optic assembly platform is designed to reduce the implementation time of fiber-optic assembly processes. It can be configured with mechanical, network, and electrical connections to support multiple NanoLine stages and modules, each served by a material-handling robot. The platform allows systems integrators and manufacturers to focus their resources on their products and process development rather than on the mechanical, control, and software architectures.Adept Technology Inc., San Jose, CA

Motion system
The FiberAlign 130 meets the needs of fiber-fiber, fiber-laser diode, and fiber-waveguide alignments. The product utilizes a center-driven, noncogging linear motor as the driving element for mass production of precision devices. The motor is capable of reaching speeds of 300 mm/sec and accelerations of 1 g.

Other features include a resolution of 10 nm for alignment applications and a software toolkit for access to commonly used functions.
Aerotech Inc., Pittsburgh

Fixture platesThese fixture plates polish all types of fiber-optic connectors. The MCP12 polisher is designed to use several different types and styles of fixture plates. Custom plates for customer-specific applications are also available.Nanometer Technologies Inc., Atascadero, CA
Connector systemThe MU connector system is used in commercial transmission and exchange systems as well as access-network and data-communications systems. The system helps realize compact and densely packaged systems and can cope with different optical connections used in fiber-optic communication systems. The product connects cords the same way an SC connector does and also connects backplanes and printed boards by means of a plugging operation.NTT Advanced Technology Co., Tokyo, Japan
Spot curing systemThe Novacure IR is an infrared-light spot-curing system for inline curing of thermal epoxies. The product's built-in system intelligence and thermal sensing and reporting gives levels of precision, control, and repeatability not possible with thermal batch curing. This system also performs post curing of UV and visible light-cure materials. Infrared light is delivered from a 150-W proprietary quartz halogen bulb (at wavelengths from 0.7 to 4.5 microns) and focused only in the precise area where it is needed.EFOS Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Power meter moduleThis power meter module is the latest addition to the range of manufacturing equipment for automatic fiber alignment. It operates with a selection of optical equipment, covering the 400-1,800-nm range, and power levels from 2 pW to 2 W with NIST traceability. Power meter readings can be read in real time at hundreds of Hz by PC-based control software or can be high-speed sampled, logged, and batch transferred. Melles Griot, Irvine, CA
Near-infrared cameraThis near-infrared camera covers the S-, C-, and L-DWDM wavebands. Applications include laser-beam operation and profiling, dynamic imaging of routers and switches, and silicon material inspection. The camera can be used for commercial, industrial, and scientific purposes.Indigo Systems, Santa Barbara, CA

Hot stripper
The Hot Stripper strips a wide variety of optical fibers, including those with coatings that were formerly removable only by chemical processes. This device is designed to remove polymer coatings from within 40 mm of the end of optical fibers, in preparation for fusion splicing. The stripper prepares fibers for strength-critical splicing, ensuring good repeatability, and has the ability to adapt to lab, field, and production use.
Amherst Fiberoptics, Brentwood, TN

Compiled by Leah Gladu

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