Opto Speed and BFI Optilas sign distribution deal

20 September 2002 -- Distributor of specialist products and services BFI Optilas has signed an exclusive European agreement to handle and represent Opto Speed, Zurich.

20 September 2002 -- Distributor of specialist products and services BFI Optilas has signed an exclusive European agreement to handle and represent Opto Speed's product portfolio.

Opto Speed is a developer and manufacturer of innovative indium phosphide based opto-electronic components. The company has extensive experience in processing III-V compounds and is a driving force in the trend toward the monolithic integration of optical components.

Opto Speed was founded in 1995 as a spinoff from the Institute of Quantum Electronics at the ETH in Zurich and has established itself as an important player in the market and, from a European base, has achieved significant sales in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The company has a diverse customer base and supplies to many next generation optical subsystem vendors, as well as test and measurement companies. Opto Speed offers transceiver manufacturers a complementary set of 2.5, 10 and 40Gbit/s photodetectors, Fabry Perot and DFB lasers at both 1300nm and 1550nm wavelengths as well as 1300nm and 1550nm semiconductor optical amplifiers.

The company also designs and manufactures high power, high bandwidth Superluminescent LEDs for applications in communications as well as the medical, lighting and also test and measurement sectors.

It has developed an Optical Front End, which combines a 40Gbit/s photodiode with electronic transimpedance and postamplifiers with differential output monolithically integrated on a single InP chip. The integrated Optical Front End is one of the first commercially available monolithically integrated optical components and is currently being tested by several potential customers.

"We are pleased to represent the Opto Speed product portfolio in the European marketplace", says Ernesto Prestifilippo, Business Development Director at BFI Optilas. "The Opto Speed products have the high-end profile that customers are looking for today."

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