CyOptics Inc., developer of Indium Phosphide-based active optical components, today introduced the EAM2010, a zero insertion-loss, external electro-absorption modulator (EAM) that provides up to 10-dBm output power. According to the company, the EAM2010 is the newest release in a line of high-performance EAMs integrating multiple functions to increase capacity and reduce costs in both metro and long haul applications.
When used with a singlemode source laser, the EAM2010 offers low chirp, enabling a low dispersion penalty for an 80- to 125-km uncompensated link. The device's high launch power eliminates the need for an external post amplifier, say company representatives, and its integrated power monitoring and control capability replaces external monitors and variable optical attenuators, which results in reduced system complexity, size, and cost.
Hermetically sealed in a 0.75" X 0.5" half-butterfly package, the EAM2010 is compact when compared to LiNbO3 modulators typically used for applications that require high launch power. It also offers a more compact overall solution compared to an EML by eliminating the need for an external amplifier, claims CyOptics.
Samples of the EAM2010 will be available in April. Pricing for the packaged units will be $1,500 in quantities of 1,000 units. Unpackaged devices will also be available to select customers.
For more information about CyOptics Inc. (Waltham, MA) or its line of Indium Phosphide-based 10- and 40-Gbit/sec modulators and detectors, visit the company's Web site at www.cyoptics.com.