2004 Attendees' Choice Award Nominees
Welcome to the Lightwave Attendees' Choice Awards balloting for products featured at OFC 2004 in Los Angeles. Those attending the show are eligible to vote for their favorite product in each of seven categories beginning on this page and continuing through page 51: Systems, Subsystems, Design Tools, Components, Test Equipment, Installation, and Manufacturing. An additional award will be presented to the company whose product receives the most votes overall. For those attending the show, please use the official Attendees' Choice Award ballot included with the February 2004 issue of Lightwave distributed during OFC. All ballots, when completed, should be dropped off at Lightwave exhibit booth 2729. Only ballots submitted at the booth will be counted. February issues and additional OFC ballots are also available at the booth.
The OPTera Metro 3500 next-generation SONET platform enables the creation of new differentiated storage and Ethernet services while leveraging existing infrastructure. It provides multiservice aggregation through a wide range of interfaces, including DS-1/-3, Transmux, STS-1, OC-3/-12/-48/-192, 10/100Base-T and 100Base-FX Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and storage (Fibre Channel and Ficon), for optical broadband networking.
Nortel Networks, St. Laurent, Quebec
NOMINEE NO. SYS 1
The PolaStay reset-free polarization stabilizer actively maintains a stable output polarization—in real time and every time—against rapid input polarization fluctuations. It can effortlessly undo the polarization changes caused by an endlessly rotating halfwave plate at a high rate of 16π/sec and recover polarization fluctuation in 2 msec. The stabilizer enables applications ranging from fiber sensing to amplifier noise and PMD reduction to coherent communications.
General Photonics, Chino, CA
NOMINEE NO. SUB 1
For harsh-environment military, aerospace, industrial, and telecommunications applications where significant levels of shock and vibration and/or high temperatures occur, the low-profile optical transceiver has an RJ-45-type footprint but is only 0.38 inch (8.89 mm) high. It is available in a range of bit rates and protocols, including Fast Ethernet, OC-3, Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and InfiniBand. The transceiver provides high tolerance to vibration and shock as well as excellent thermal characteristics and EMI/RFI performance.
Stratos International, Chicago
NOMINEE NO. SUB 2
An athermal VPG-based optical-spectrum-analyzer spectral engine, the IntelliGuard optical-channel performance monitor (OCPM-050-080) is designed for embedded network test applications. Designed for OEM subsystem integration, the Telcordia GR-1209/1221-qualified DWDM meter provides ±50-pm absolute wavelength accuracy, 60-dB dynamic range, ±0.5-dB channel power accuracy, low power consumption, no moving parts, and <50-msec response time.
BaySpec, Fremont, CA
NOMINEE NO. SUB 3
The FL-TT10G 300-pin widely tunable transponder can tune over the entire C- or L-band with 50-GHz spacing. Supporting multiple data rates from 9.95 to 11.1 Gbits/sec, it comes with an APD or PIN receiver, a dual-frequency jitter filter, and a zero or negative pre-chirp Mach-Zehnder lithium-niobate modulator. A backward-compatibility feature allows the transponder to be used in legacy systems as a fixed or narrow tuning transponder.
Civcom, Petach Tikva, Israel
NOMINEE NO. SUB 4
Argos can monitor not only the optical powers and wavelengths of WDM channels, but also the "true" values of optical-signal-to-noise ratio. Unlike the linear interpolation technique, which can yield misleading results in modern dynamic WDM networks, the Argos optical performance monitor's "polarization-nulling" technique allows network operators to detect, then correct slowly degrading optical signals before disastrous failures occur.
TeraLink Communications, Daejeon, Korea
NOMINEE NO. SUB 5
For the calculation and analysis of band structures of 2-D and 3-D photonic crystals (PCs), BandSOLVE includes advanced layout utilities for both standard and arbitrarily complicated PC structures and fibers. It also features fast and accurate simulation engines based on both the PWE and FDTD algorithm for all types of materials and is complimentary to the FullWAVE FDTD-based simulation tool for PBG devices.
RSoft Design Group, Ossining, NY
NOMINEE NO. DES 1
The TVA-A1 series MEMS-based variable optical attenuator provides very low TDL at any attenuation level. Its compact tubular design makes it suitable for very-high-density state-of-the-art optical cards and modules. It supports symmetric attenuation at both directions and can be ordered in a normally open or normally closed configuration.
TeraOp, Kfar Saba, Israel
NOMINEE NO. COMP 1
For metro DWDM network elements requiring the ability to provision a node without a truck roll, the CP-3104 fiber-to-fiber reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer can switch any combination of four ITU channels on an individual add/drop port. It comes with 10 optical ports and control electronics and is based on a monolithic optical waveguide chip employing DMR optical processor technology.
Clarendon Photonics, Newton, MA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 2
The CWDM SFP transceiver is available in eight wavelength channels (1470–1610 nm) compatible with ITU-T G.694.2. It supports multirate operation up to 2.67 Gbits/sec and offers minimum link budgets of 18 or 28 dB. The transceiver can be used in metro/access networks, including SONET/SDH/ATM, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and other optical links. The digital diagnostic function allows implementation of reliable performance monitoring of the optical link and quick isolation of faults to specific locations.
Fiberxon, Santa Clara, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 3
The BPDV2020R contains two waveguide photodetectors that are situated on a single chip and on-chip-connected to ensure excellent uniformity. The waveguide approach guarantees a linear frequency response in power and phase, even at very high optical powers. Consequently, the pulse response shows almost no ringing. The balanced photodetector is biased via the integrated biasing networks with one positive and one negative voltage. Integrated 50-W termination provides an excellent matching of the electrical output signal.
u2t photonics AG, Berlin
NOMINEE NO. COMP 4
The 19-/23-inch rackmount patch and splice shelf unit has a maximum capacity of 144 fibers. It is pre-terminated and pre-wired into standard connector interconnect panels, with multimode or singlemode SC, ST, FC, as well as Telcordia-compliant pigtails. Dressed out to the splice trays, which can accommodate fusion, mass, or mechanical splices. The units are turnkey from the shipping carton—remove and install into the rack and splice.
AWC/US Fiber Optics, Woonsocket, RI
NOMINEE NO. COMP 5
The 1×2/1×4 tunable optical power splitter can be used as a pure passive device tunable with a screwdriver; as a switch; and as an eVOA, but all attenuated power is moved to the second output port. A signal-controllable version has liquid-crystal (LC) units designed-in. All key performance specifications like insertion loss, polarization-dependent loss, and bandwidth are similar to the LC-based eVOA and switch devices.
Accelink Technologies, Wuhan City, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 6
The × WIC coupler can cover the O-band and S+C+L-band with low wavelength dependent loss and high reliability. It can be used for multiwavelength distribution in optical transmitting systems, especially in all kinds of passive-optical-network systems. Customer-specific coupling ratios and package types are available.
Hopecom Optic Communications, Shanghai, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 7
The MicroPositioner electromagnetic device provides accurate steering of a free-space propagating optical beam. The tip can carry any micro-optical element and moves it between two latched positions by 0.5 mm. Switching time is below 3 msec, and angular precision is in the submilliradiant range. Driven by only 5 V, the small form factor micro-positioning device is well suited for OEM applications, including all-optical switch fabrics.
FiberTec, Lengnau, Switzerland
NOMINEE NO. COMP 8
The HTP2513-401D0 2.488-Gbit/sec, 3.3-V, 1310-nm, small-form-factor-pluggable (SFP) transceiver is designed for use in high-speed serial SONET OC-48 LR-1 and SDH L16.1 PHY/PMD/PMA communication data links operating up to 40 km over singlemode fiber. The rugged die-cast metal housing and cage assembly complies with the SFP multisource agreement. The transmitter optical subassembly incorporates a high-performance 1310-nm DFB laser with back face monitor photodiode, while the receiver optical subassembly incorporates a high-sensitivity APD/TIA photo receiver.
Hisense Optoelectronics Technology, Qingdao, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 9
The SEIBI precision zirconia sleeve is developed in semiconductor materials from SEIBI technologies. A special submergence technique is applied, effectively solving the brittleness of zirconia products. Featuring excellent abrasion resistance, the sleeve is made from high-grade Japanese zirconia powder. A state-of-the-art sintering circuit ensures tenacity and stability, and delicate multistage finishing maintains a smooth and bright surface. Applications include FC, SC, ST, LC, and MU fiber-optic adapters.
Opstar Communication Equipment, Shanghai, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 10
The high-port-density Para-Optix optical module uses a single optically enabled IC offering up to 36 channels at speeds to 3.125 Gbits/sec. Each transmit channel provides 3:1 850-nm VCSEL redundancy accessible through an I2C or RS-232 serial interface. The lens design allows for high coupling efficiency regardless of VCSEL activation. The module incorporates an MPO-style interface utilizing a 72-fiber molded ferrule cable assembly.
Tyco Electronics, Middletown, PA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 11
The 2-in-1 CWDM device can be used for optical add/drop multiplexing and multiplexing/demultiplexing. The compact (5.5×39-mm) device features low insertion loss, TDL, and high isolation for such networking applications as metro/access, long-haul, and cable TV.
Koncent Communication, Fujian, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 12
Designed to eliminate differential mode delay effects that can occur when a singlemode signal is launched into a multimode fiber, the mode-conditioning patch cord is especially suited for applications where new gigabit 1000Base-LX routers or switches are being deployed in existing multimode plants.
Pacific Interconnection, Renton, WA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 13
The TRE7061EN DWDM tunable transponder supports datacom-network applications such as XENPAK, X2, and XFP 10-Gbit/sec pluggable transceivers for short-, intermediate-, and long-reach transmission. As a XENPAK module, it is suited for Ethernet over DWDM in WAN applications. It can transmit data beyond 80 km over standard singlemode fiber, using a cooled ILM transmitter and APD receiver. Wavelength stability is ±100 pm, which enables 100-GHz-spacing DWDM operation.
Opnext, Eatontown NJ
NOMINEE NO. COMP 14
Designed for thermally fine-tuned ITU grid fixed-channel matching and electronically tunable fast ITU channel switching, the MTX510EW EML module comes is a 21-pin butterfly package operating at 1550 nm. The packaging features RF input pins on the rear of the module, eliminating the need for complex 90-degree routing in transponder applications. The module provides an internal laser-driver IC, a dual photodiode-type wavelength sensor, and back facet power monitor.
Multiplex, South Plainfield, NJ
NOMINEE NO. COMP 15
Based on polymer PLC technology, the 1×2 optical switch can operate in the 1310- and 1550-nm wavelength windows and is suited for such applications as protection switching, optical monitoring, and add/drop multiplexing.
Zen Photonics, Daejeon, South Korea
NOMINEE NO. COMP 16
For design into SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, the G9282-14/G9285-14 receiver optical subassembly has a response of 1.25 Mbits/sec. Typical gain is 2 V/mW at –20 dBm or 2.9 V/mW at –22 dBm and typical sensitivity is 0 to –24 dBm or –1 to –26 dBm, depending on the version.
Hamamatsu, Bridgewater, NJ
NOMINEE NO. COMP 17
The Netlight DWDM small-form-factor-pluggable transceiver uses cooled laser technology with internal wavelength control management at 2.5-Gbit/sec transmission rates. It addresses the challenge of fiber exhaust and provides an upgrade path to DWDM. The module consolidates wavelength management directly into the optical ports on the edge switch, reducing the complexity in metro core and edge applications.
TriQuint Optoelectronics, Breinigsville, PA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 18
Certified to Telcordia GR-326, Issue 3, for inside and outside plant optical-connector-assembly quality and reliability, the SC 2-mm assembly is also UL-verified. It is suited for interconnect and crossconnect deployment applications within central-office and remote fiber terminal locations.
Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS), Northborough, MA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 19
The 1×N (N = 4, 8, 16, 32) planar-lightwave-circuit splitter provides low insertion loss, polarization-dependent loss, and good performance in the wavelength ranges of 1260–1360 nm and 1480–1650 nm.
Fi-ra Photonics, Gwangju, South Korea
NOMINEE NO. COMP 20
Triple Band Separator-WDM is an integrated wavelength-division multiplexer based on thin-film-filter technology, applying triple-fiber collimator and two bandpass filters to separate three wavelengths (bands) in one cylindrical package. In addition to an epoxy-free optical path, it provides better performance, allows less space for installment, and replaces two discrete bandpass wavelength-division multiplexers in a cascaded mux/demux or three-wavelength WDM system like broadband passive optical networking using 1310, 1490, and 1550 nm.
Fibernett, Kyungki-Do, South Korea
NOMINEE NO. COMP 21
For 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GBase-LW/LR),10-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel, and OC-192 (SR-1) applications, the NX8341 series 10-Gbit/sec transmitter optical assembly (TOSA) includes a 1310-nm AlGaInAs BH DFB LD. Excellent performance is achieved over a temperature range due to its aluminum-based technology. The TOSA comes in LC and SC receptacle versions for several types of form-factor transceivers, along with the NR3310 series LC and SC receiver optical subassembly (ROSA).
NEC Compound Semiconductor Devices, Kanagawa, Japan
NOMINEE NO. COMP 22
For fiber alignment and optical-switching applications, the Position Sensor provides high resolution and reliability in the 850– 1650-nm range. Photosensitive areas of 4, 25, and 100 mm2 use high-performance germanium or InGaAs photodiodes. In addition to standard TO packaging, bare chips to custom-designed packages are available.
Judson Technologies, Montgomeryville, PA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 23
The IXF25300 2.5-Gbit/sec SONET/SDH framer with STS-1 and virtual tributary/tributary unit (VT/TU) pointer processor and administrative unit/tributary unit (AU/TU) crossconnect is stackable to 10 Gbits/sec. It provides integrated high-order and low-order bandwidth management in metro and access networks for multiservice provisioning platforms, add/drop multiplexers, edge boxes, core switches, and crossconnects using modular stackable fabric that allows multiple product platforms, sizes, and architectures within a single chip.
Intel, Santa Clara, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 24
The triplexer is suited for passive-optical-network fiber to the home applications requiring simultaneous transmission and reception of digital and analog information on a single fiber. It includes a 1310-nm Fabry-Perot laser for 1.25-Gbit/sec transmission, a PIN+TIA receiver for 1.25-Gbit/sec signals at 1490 nm, and an analog cable TV-specified photodiode for signal reception at 1550 nm.
Afonics Fibreoptics, Oxfordshire, UK
NOMINEE NO. COMP 25
The OptiFocus lensed taper provides significantly longer working distances, enabling greater packaging flexibility and ease of use. Working distance is >20 µm with a 3-µm mode-field diameter, 40-dB return loss, and high coupling efficiency. The lensed taper is best suited for coupling light to and from active optical components, waveguides, and semiconductor optical amplifiers. The lens design uses a gradient index material and hyperbolic-shaped tip to provide consistent geometry and excellent performance.
Corning Photonic Materials Business, Corning, NY
NOMINEE NO. COMP 26
For fiber deployment in access networks, the NAP next-generation network-access-point closure supports up to 16 drop cables, doubling the original capacity. It features enhanced wind and ice loading resistance in aerial applications and increased buffer tube slack storage. The closure integrates couplers/splitters and optical connectors into the terminal and separates the distribution cable splicing and storage from the drop-cable termination, interconnection, and splicing.
Corning Cable Systems, Hickory, NC
NOMINEE NO. COMP 27
The transmitter/receiver optical subassembly (TOSA/ROSA) module pair is suited for 10-Gbit/sec transceiver applications. The TOSA includes an isolator and has Fabry-Perot and DFB laser options, while the ROSA has options for singlemode- and multimode-fiber applications. Custom design is also available.
Archcom Technology, Azusa, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 28
The 4-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel (FC)/Gigabit Ethernet transceiver comes in an intelligent small-form-factor-pluggable (iSFP) package with digital diagnostics and rate-select auto-negotiation capability from 1×–2× and 4× FC. The product supports backward-compatibility with existing FC-based equipment. The iSFP modules, using 850- and 1310-nm VCSEL diodes, provide multirate capability and are designed for use in enterprise SAN and LAN applications.
Infineon Technologies North America, San Jose, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 29
For SONET/SDH systems operating from 9.9 to 11.3 Gbits/sec, the VSC8477 16:1 SerDes transceiver includes an integrated multiplexer, an input equalizer, an adaptive demultiplexer, a clock recovery unit, and a clock multiplier unit. A VGA front-end programmable input-signal gain and bandwidth equalization is integrated with transceiver. It adjusts the threshold and phase sampling points on two internal independent sampling channels. The two-channel architecture enables relative bit-error-rate monitoring without affecting the active data channel's integrity.
Vitesse, Camarillo, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 30
The passive-optical-network transceiver module for optical-networking units can handle applications from 155–622 Mbits/sec to 1.25 Gbits/sec.
Lightron Fiber-Optic Devices, Taejon, South Korea
NOMINEE NO. COMP 31
The CWDM plug-in module is based on thin-film-filter technology, offering wide channel bandwidth, flexible channel configuration, low insertion loss, and high isolation. It addresses the requirements of metro and access networks, allowing for single, four, or eight wavelengths to be used for unidirectional or bidirectional transmission. The module allows network equipment manufacturers to quickly add CWDM capability to existing products, speeding time-to-market.
O-Net Communications, Shenzhen, China
NOMINEE NO. COMP 32
The miniaturized CWDM Color-Cube module (19×15.5×8.5 mm) is designed to meet the tough space constraints demanded by metro and access systems. The Polymer Optical Bench platform allows high flexibility in the integration of further functions such as tap ports and bandsplitters.
Cube Optics AG, Mainz, Germany
NOMINEE NO. COMP 33
The Chameleon CTF-CS channel selector tunes a thin-film tunable filter, which uses a technology that exhibits polarization-insensitive angle-tuning properties across the S-, C- or L-band, while maintaining flat-top bandpass and excellent adjacent channel rejection. The simple-to-use interface requires just the channel wavelength for the channel selector to tune and lock to the desired channel.
Micron Optics, Atlanta
NOMINEE NO. COMP 34
The NX8341 series 1310-nm transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) is fabricated using an aluminum oxidation-free all-selective MOPVE without semiconductor etching to deliver excellent performance over temperature with low current operation. The NX3310 series PIN+TIA receiver optical subassembly (ROSA) combines high-sensitivity, high-overload characteristics and wide dynamic range with AC-coupled differential output. Designed for XENPAK, XPAK, X2, and XFP modules, the TOSA/ROSA features LC or SC receptacles that ensure a fixed optical coupling.
NEC/California Eastern Laboratories, Santa Clara, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 35
Based on 0.25-µm silicon germanium technology, the HDL6F1261-5 transimpedance amplifier features wide bandwidth (10 GHz), low noise (9 pA/Hz1/2), low power, a 3.3-V single power supply, and high transimpedance (3.5 kW single).
Hitachi High Technologies America, Schaumburg, IL
NOMINEE NO. COMP 36
For existing and next-generation fiber-optic networks, the miniature inline IPM integrated power monitor senses and monitors the signal status and provides active feedback to oversee the entire system operation. The miniaturized IPM-based thin-film filter comes with an integrated tapped dual-fiber collimator and photodiode. The monitor meets or exceeds GR-1221-CORE and GR-468-CORE standards.
Hitachi Metals America, San Jose, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 37
For emerging 4-Gbit/sec Fibre Channel applications, the AFBR-57R5p digital-diagnostic small-form-factor-pluggable (SFP) transceiver includes an 850-nm laser and offers a standard LC connector. It supports Fibre Channel 4.25-, 2.125-, and 1.0625-Gbaud and Gigabit Ethernet connections. Diagnostics include real time monitors of transmitted and received optical power, laser bias current, temperature, and supply voltage. The transceiver offers wide temperature (–15° to +85°C) and supply voltage operation (3.3 V ±10%).
Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA
NOMINEE NO. COMP 38
A passive component for protecting optical from over-optical power, the optical fuse can protect detectors, optical components, systems, and test equipment. When the optical power exceeds a predetermined threshold, the optical fuse "blocks" the optical power propagation from the input to the output end.
KiloLambda Technologies, Tel-Aviv, Israel
NOMINEE NO. COMP 39
The quartz-based X-Ferrule can be fused directly to an optical fiber or capillary tube. The fusion forms a hermetic seal without distorting the properties of the fiber or capillary, yielding a pigtail without structural epoxies. The ferrule provides an epoxy-less structural bond, a strong hermetic seal, an improved material thermal property match, low insertion loss, and high strength; avoids troublesome fiber metallization; and is well suited for high-temperature/pressure environments.
Polymicro Technologies, Phoenix
NOMINEE NO. COMP 40
The high-speed MSM photodetector enables gigabit-per-second data rates using large core optical fiber with a 0.2–1-mm diameter (POF and PCS). The optical fiber is for very-short-distance interconnects because of its high bandwidth and immunity to electromagnetic interference.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Hong Kong
NOMINEE NO. COMP 41
The Concert100 fiber-optic endface inspection and certification system provides accurate and repeatable results that conform to the most stringent standards. It allows authorized users to change feature and inspection parameters based on programmed requirements, while enabling the user to program a variety of pass/fail criteria for various zones across the face of the fiber.
Prior Scientific, Rockland, MA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 1
The Connect-Chek CC6000 automated non-contact interferometer automatically and precisely measures radius, offset, and fiber height on PC/APC connectors. It attaches to a PC or laptop through a standard USB port; no custom boards or complicated configurations are required.
Norland Products, Cranbury, NJ
NOMINEE NO. TEST 2
For fiber-optic endface surface topography and inspection testing, the very compact, non-contact, fully integrated ZX-1 mini PMS PLUS incorporates completely automated focus, X-Y adjustment, and calibration. No manual adjustments are required for calibration, even when changing fixtures.
Direct Optical Research (DORC), Phoenix
NOMINEE NO. TEST 3
The CI-1000 fiber-optic-connector video inspector provides 400× magnification to inspect connectors in the adapter. It comes with an integrated battery pack and 3.5-inch LCD monitor for field inspection of in-adapter connectors. Package options include an LCD version, USB version for PC, and a handset version on a TV set, making inspection available in different working environments. Inspection is handled in three easy steps: plug, focus, and evaluate.
Lightel Technologies, Kent, WA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 4
Combining DFB performance with mode-hop-free tunability, the TLB-3901/2 high-power, compact, continuous wave, widely tunable DWDM laser provides stable, high output powers (up to 20 mW) over the entire C-band, without using semiconductor optical amplifiers. Its narrow 3-MHz linewidths, ±1.5-GHz wavelength accuracies, and 145-dB/Hz residual intensity noise make it suitable for testing a variety of DWDM systems. Included are an integrated wavelength locker for 25-GHz channel spacing or higher, built-in DSP, and control electronics.
New Focus, San Jose, CA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 5
The OVA optical vector analyzer provides complete characterization of optical components and submodules. It is available with an external tunable-laser option or comes in a multiport version designed for volume testing.
Luna Technologies, Blacksburg, VA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 6
For complex multiservice optical networks, the STT scalable toolkit contains SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, DWDM, and fiber testing modules that operate independently and simultaneously to create a flexible, customizable, powerful optical testing platform. The test modules operate through the Windows control module or as independent test sets. Remote control, scripting, and battery power options make the toolkit suitable for central-office, manufacturing, lab, and field applications.
Sunrise Telecom, San Jose, CA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 7
A full-function optical time domain reflectometer, the Mini-OTDR is small enough to fit in a toolbox and comes in short LAN or standard models for singlemode or multimode operation. Available in a rugged case, the OTDR provides fast trace analysis, graphic display, serial port, storage for 255 traces, and a quick reference card. It offers decibel/kilometer, two-point, and splice loss modes.
Fiber Instrument Sales, Oriskany, NY
NOMINEE NO. TEST 8
The SSB-9200 high-density source bank accommodates up to 100 sources per mainframe to easily handle large-channel-count test systems. It includes a large TFT-VGA display, a menu-driven front panel, and an SCPI-compliant GPIB interface. With flexible internal and external modulation capability (including adjustable coherence control) as well as integrated optical components, the source bank can fit seamlessly in a testing environment.
ILX Lightwave, Bozeman, MT
NOMINEE NO. TEST 9
The MI 40000 test and measurement system is designed to enable migration to 40-Gbit/sec transport in metro core, regional, and long-haul optical networks. It provides 40-Gbit/sec R&D for systems and component manufacturers, carriers' labs, and universities.
Mintera, Lowell, MA
NOMINEE NO. TEST 10
Designed with a random error insertion function, the MP1590A network performance tester can perform OTN, SONET/SDH, DS- and PDH analysis as well as jitter and wander measurements at multiple rates up to 10.7 Gbits/sec. It also can perform forward error correction evaluations on ITU-T G.709 OTN transmission equipment at the design and manufacturing stages.
Anritsu, Richardson, TX
NOMINEE NO. TEST 11
For PC and APC 2.5-mm ferrules in the field or on the production floor, Ferrule Mate can clean connectors plugged into the backside of a panel or inside an enclosure. Its dust cap has a flip-open end for inserting any ferrule or connector for cleaning. Features include a spring-loaded tip for consistent cleaning and an adjustable head for angle-mounted adapters.
Seikoh Giken USA, Norcross, GA
NOMINEE NO. INSTALL 1
The FiberCenter 7500 connectorization system automates the mixing, degassing, and dispensing of epoxy into a connector as well as the fiber insertion, crimping, and curing. The compact machine produces high-quality terminations, maximizes yield, and brings high repeatability to the fiber-cable assembly process.
Schleuniger, Manchester, NH
NOMINEE NO. MFG 1
The Gemini-Cx integrated connector polishing, cleaning, and inspection system uses adaptive process controls in combination with an integrated automated manufacturing platform to improve yield and reduce labor.
Sagitta, Hauppauge, NY
NOMINEE NO. MFG 2
The MAX CI-03 fiber-optic cleaver requires single action for one cleave of fiber with fine square endface. For multiple applications—from fiber-optic component and device manufacturers to cable installers—it has a compact design and user-friendly outfit.
Ilsin Precision, Tae Jeon, South Korea
NOMINEE NO. MFG 3
The Automation 3200 32-axis motion, vision, PLC, robotics, and I/O platform includes the NPower software module, which automates the photonic manufacturing process by providing a quick and accurate method to control the alignment of components for first light, then rapidly align to peak power. The module permits the intelligent platform's "soft" controller to control up to five six-axis FiberMax nano-positioners that are simultaneously performing active alignments.
NOMINEE NO. MFG 4