Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) and French optical products developer 3SPGroup have signed a multisource agreement (MSA) focused on a 10-pin butterfly package for 980-nm pump lasers. The small-form-factor package, 30% the size of conventional 14-pin packages, should find a home in a new generation of optical amplifiers. The two companies expect the MSA to assure amplifier designers that they will have multiple sources for these new pump lasers that will supply devices with the same mechanical outline, footprint, and electrical pin-out. The design features identical pin-out, pin-pitch, and front mounting hole centers as 14-pin devices to maintain backwards compatibility with legacy applications. Electrical connections to laser, internal thermoelectric cooler (TEC), back facet monitor diode (BFM), and thermistor remain addressed to the same pin configuration as well. “Lower-cost and space-efficient optical amplification with potentially higher component density is critical to implementing complex network solutions,” said Simon Loten, director of product Management at Oclaro, Inc. “Customers are looking for ways to reduce form factors and they also want to standardize on one format for all their needs – whether that be cooled and uncooled pump products or multi-chip devices. This new MSA represents a significant advancement in the pump laser industry and we are pleased to deliver this innovative new format to our customers so that they can differentiate in the market with smaller and lower cost designs.” “We are excited to bring this new family of pump lasers (cooled or uncooled) that combine higher optical power into a small size into the market that will help our customers to evolve their next generation network solutions. This new product family complements our existing small size pump module offerings (MiniDIL),” said Didier Sauvage, CTO at 3SPGroup. “The industry is trending towards smaller form factors and by establishing an MSA, customers now have a clear route and assurance that they will have multiple-vendor supply.” Pumps that conform to the new MSA are already available. For more information on optical components and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.