Optical Zonu targets RF-over-fiber ‘relief’ program at aerospace and defense markets

June 15, 2023
EMCORE’s decision this past April to shut down its defense optoelectronics product line has provided a market opportunity, Optical Zonu believes.

Optical Zonu Corp. has launched what it calls an “EMCORE Customer Relief Program” in hopes of capturing new customers for the company’s RF over fiber (RFoF) transport products. EMCORE’s decision this past April to shut down its defense optoelectronics product line has provided a market opportunity, Optical Zonu believes.

Optical Zonu supplies a wide range of RFoF transport systems, subsystems, modules, and components. Such products apply to a variety of applications within the military and aerospace markets. For example, they can support RF signal transport for antenna remoting on military aircraft and ships, enable secure satellite phone connections and sensitive compartmented information facilities (SCIFs), as well as transport GPS timing.

“Fiber-optic transport plays a critical role in defense and aerospace, and these communication systems are continuously upgraded, routinely managed and improved to meet changing and often arduous environments,” commented Meir Bartur, co-founder and CEO of Optical Zonu. “We developed the EMCORE Customer Relief Program to aid organizations facing this issue in the wake of EMCORE sunsetting their broadband business.”

The relief program comprises several facets:

  • Identification of suitable replacement products in less than two hours
  • Technical support from Optical Zonu team members with more than 10 years of EMCORE equipment training
  • Free technician training and certification at Optical Zonu headquarters in Van Nuys, CA.
  • Delivery of replacement RFoF transport systems with the company’s patented small pluggable transceivers with built-in OTDR capabilities (an longstanding Optical Zonu calling card; see, for example, “Optical Zonu launches SFP transceiver with integrated OTDR”).
  • Support of frequency ranges from a few kilohertz to 70 GHz and distances greater than 50 km with Ethernet and simple network management protocol (SNMP).
  • Available on-site installation and support.

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