Lightwave Microsystems set to unveil VOA multiplexer for DWDM

March 5, 2001
Mar. 5, 2001--Lightwave Microsystems, a manufacturer and marketer of planar waveguide circuits and integrated optical components, announces the Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) Multiplexer 100 GHz in the C and L bands.

Lightwave Microsystems, a manufacturer and marketer of planar waveguide circuits and integrated optical components, announces the Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) Multiplexer 100 GHz in the C and L bands. The VOA Multiplexer is a new and powerful solution for dynamic channel equalization, balancing, and grooming. The VOA Multiplexer is remotely programmable at the transmit and add/drop ends of a DWDM network.

Lightwave Microsystems will demonstrate the VOA Multiplexer's capabilities at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC), booth No. 1762, Anaheim Convention Center, California.

The VOA Multiplexer is the latest addition to Lightwave's family of integrated optical components. The VOA Multiplexer consists of 40 thermo-optic VOAs and one Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) Multiplexer. This device replaces 79 or more discrete optical elements.

Most of the components sold are made from individual parts using bulk optics. Traditional components are too costly and complicated to effectively manage the unique requirements of advanced communications systems. Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) combine many individual parts together in as what is known as an Optical Integrated Circuit (OIC). The technology used is a waveguide-based Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC). Lightwave Microsystems' proprietary PLC technology is known as LightWeaver.

Lightwave Microsystems has leveraged its LightWeaver planar lightwave circuit technology to capitalize on performance, scalability and flexibility. The VOA Multiplexer demonstrates integration of multiple optical functions in a single device and provides advantageous benefits, including improved reliability, smaller footprint, and lower cost per channel.

Samples of the VOA Multiplexer are available immediately. Contact Lightwave Microsystems for pricing.

About Lightwave Microsystems:

Lightwave Microsystems Corporation designs, manufactures and markets standard, custom and semi-custom planar lightwave circuits and integrated devices for long haul, metro/access and other advanced optical communication systems. For more information, visit www.lightwavemicro.com.

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