7 July 2003, Dublin, Ireland Lightwave - Eblana Photonics, a component manufacturer that specializes in laser components for broadband communications, announced the availability of a high performance, uncooled laser diode emitting at 1490-nm for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-premise applications. This new product (EP1490) completes the company's broadband-oriented product set, which already includes 1550-nm and 1310-nm laser wavelengths.
Eblana's EP1490 enables broadband transmission applications as it operates uncooled at high temperatures up to 85°C. This product was developed in direct response to an anticipated increase in the growth of broadband connectivity in cable, ADSL, and FTTH.
"We have met the challenge of providing a product portfolio that facilitates high bit rate integrated broadband services using multiple wavelength channels," said James O'Gorman, chief executive officer of Elbana.
He continued "Our technologies allow a laser company for the first time to exploit established microelectronics manufacturing models to better deliver value and superior laser products to its customers, particularly for close to end-consumer applications where affordable high performance is key."
The EP1490 series laser provides stable, uncooled operation using Eblana's proprietary design and advanced GaInAlAs materials engineering technologies. "Our proprietary technology, allows us to separately optimize epitaxial materials and device structure without the requirement of utilizing problematic regrown interfaces,"said O'Gorman. "Because our laser has unbeatable characteristics under these high temperatures, it performs well in low cost transceiver equipment deployed in broadband applications."
The devices are available in TO can, chip on substrate, and in die format. Mass production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, with a monthly production capability target in excess of 40,000 units.