attendees' choice awardsOFC 2002 nominees
Welcome to the Lightwave Attendees' Choice Awards balloting for products featured at OFC 2002. Those attending the show are eligible to vote for their favorite product in each of seven categories within this section: Systems, Subsystems, Components, Test Equipment, Installation, Manufacturing Equipment, and Design Tools. Winners will be recognized at their exhibit booths during OFC. 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 Awards ballot included with the March 2002 issues of Lightwave distributed during OFC. All ballots, when completed, should be dropped off at the Lightwave exhibit booth. (Do not vote with the enclosed Reader Services Card, which is used exclusively for advertising circle numbers.) All voting and counting will be conducted only during OFC using the official ballot.
Wide-reach DWDM system
The Xtera Nu-Wave Wide Reach DWDM System uses Raman technology to offer single-amp simplicity, with wide-spectrum efficiency. Low first cost of ownership stays at a low loaded cost of ownership for long-distance and regional network operators. With 2.4 Tbits in three bays, the system provides simplicity and efficiency at lower total costs to carriers.
Xtera Communications, Allen, TX,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 1
Edge service platform
The ONLINE2500 Optical Edge Service Platform is the latest member of the ONLINE family of optical transport platforms. The system extends high-bandwidth services from bandwidth-rich core metro networks directly to end users at the bandwidth-starved network edge. The addition of the ONLINE2500 to the company's product portfolio will give service providers a broad selection of products with complete end-to-end optical provisioning and management capabilities.
ONI Systems Corp., San Jose, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 2
BCI's 300 Series standard product transports up to eight separate NTSC baseband videos, eight stereo audio pairs, and eight RS-232/RS-422 data channels, point-to-point bidirectional over one pair or one fiber. Models for long-distance transmission over multimode or singlemode fiber are available as well as units capable of transporting 16 or 32 channels of AVD utilizing WDM and SWDM technologies. A choice of card-based or standalone units is standard.
Broadata Communications Inc., Torrance, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 3
Delivering service providers' key requirements for cost-effective long-haul (LH) and extended long-haul (ELH) transport, the Cisco ONS 15808 delivers 2.5- and 10-Gbit/sec DWDM transmission with support for 40 Gbits/sec for future growth. In its initial releases the ONS 15808 supports 80 channels LH and 40 channels ELH with 50-GHz spacing, with scalability to over 160 channels. ELH transmission supports spans of up to 2,000 km without regeneration and utilizes Raman-assisted amplification. The platform employs enhanced features such as out-of-band FEC, optical-channel protection, and automatic power provisioning. The ONS 15808 supports ANSI and ETSI standards in a single platform.
Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 4
The IQS-500 Intelligent Test System offers a systems-based approach to optical test and measurement for manufacturing, automation, optical qualification, and R&D by combining powerful features such as hot-swappable modules, platform/module auto-detection, and up to 100-module-control capability. It is compatible with the IQ-200 modules and provides all connectivity standards and tools required for easy integration into any test environment. The IQS-510P control unit features an industrial Pentium III processor, PC peripherals for connectivity and remote control (including RS-232 port and Ethernet), and an optional GPIB interface. With the IQS-510E Expansion Unit, as many as 100 modules can be used.
EXFO EO Engineering, Vanier, Quebec,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 5
Metro DWDM platform
The 1696 Metro Span DWDM platform enables carriers to provide a wide array of revenue-generating solutions for any size metro market. Depending on the size of the local network, the system can be easily configured for non-amplified or amplified applications. The system features a 32x32 lambda switch matrix that can handle multiple data rates up to 10 Gbits/sec, including SONET, ATM, IP, Escon, Gigabit Ethernet, FDDI, digital video, and Fibre Channel. It also features "4 x Any" TDM modules that can concentrate four signals into one 2.5-Gbit/sec optical channel.
Alcatel USA, Plano, TX,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 6
The CoreDirector is an intelligent optical-networking core switch designed to deliver a wide range of differentiable end-to-end optical capacity across the network, with flexible protection options and maximum operational simplicity. It features the networking intelligence of LightWorks Operating System, enabling end-to-end network-wide optical provisioning and management, along with extensive protection capabilities. With its scalability, flexibility, and advanced networking capabilities, it dramatically reduces the cost of deploying, operating, and scaling optical networks.
Ciena Corp., Linthicum, MD,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 7
The Titanium optical transport system provides the core switching and transport functionality required to route and transmit hundreds and thousands of wavelengths of light in a fiber-optic network. Employing a comprehensive architectural approach and utilizing a variety of optical-component technologies, Titanium integrates the key optical-networking functionalities of switching, transport, and network management into a single system. Because of its integrated design, it can be expanded indefinitely (for all practical purposes) in a linear, pay-as-you-grow fashion.
Altamar Networks, Mountain View, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 8
Ethernet phone extender
Ether-Phone is an Ethernet phone extender that can turn a LAN network into a voice network simply by plugging a telephone set into an RJ-45 connector. It is compatible with most PBXs or key systems. Ether-phone is typically used to link or extend dial-up telephone service to remote sites over a LAN network, especially campus, traffic control, or utility substation networks. LAN connections can be via most types of Ethernet devices, including workstation, hubs, routers, bridges, and transceivers.
TC Communications, Irvine, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SYS 9
Optical add/drop switch
The OADS-8 channel optical add/drop switch module is designed to optically add and drop traffic at wavelength granularity (eight channels). It is a building block for reconfigurable optical add/drop nodes. Its architecture is similar to OMM's NxN photonic switches, but the MEMS array, layout, and package are optimized to address the functional and performance requirements of optical add/drop applications. The OADS-8 is hermetically sealed and designed to meet all applicable requirements in Telcordia GR-1073-CORE and GR-1221-CORE.
OMM Inc., San Diego,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 1
The IOE 12000 Raman amplifier series provides up to 9 dB of distributed Raman gain. These modules include sophisticated electronics and software for integrated fiber plant monitoring and automatic initialization and calibration. The IOE 12000 series supports data transport rates of up to 40 Gbits/sec. It also features automatic gain control, gain tilt control, and fault detection.
Onetta Inc., Sunnyvale, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 2
Dynamic gain equalizer
Jointly developed by Lightwave Microsystems and Corning, the dynamic gain-flattening filter is an integrated optical component that can dynamically generate and adjust complex filter shapes across the C- or L-bands for dynamic gain balancing of amplifiers and minimizing system ripple.
Lightwave Microsystems, San Jose, CA,
and Corning, NOMINEE NO. SUB 3
Dynamic gain equalizer
The POP1020 SmartDGE amplifies weak signals to equalize to the high signals. The design comprises an array of N amplets, which amplify or attenuate the signal peaks. The SmartDGE does not induce additional insertion loss within the network's systems. The response time is <1 msec and equalizes the band flatness at ±0.1 dB. The SmartDGE can operate at the C- or L-bands. The gain's thresholds, alarms, and output powers are set and monitored via RS-232 and SNMP software.
DowsLake Microsystems Corp.,
Ottawa, Ontario, NOMINEE NO. SUB 4
Laser subassembly for SFF transceivers
This optical subassembly combines a tiny 3.8-mm-diameter 1310-nm Fabry Perot laser with an industry-standard LC connector sleeve. Its design eliminates the optical alignment steps required in the assembly of SFF/SFP transceiver modules. The subassembly's pluggable fiber-to-laser interface guarantees a fixed optical coupling, while its design prevents backreflection, making transmission more stable and reliable. The laser subassembly is designed for OC-3, OC-12, and OC-48 applications. It is stable over -40° to +85°C. Miniature size helps SFF/SFP designers to significantly reduce the size of their modules.
NEC / California Eastern Laboratories,
Santa Clara, CA, NOMINEE NO. SUB 5
The Lithium Module is a 10-Gbit/sec module integrating PHY-level functionality, multiprotocol processing capabilities, and API in a single compact package. At the heart of the module is a custom ASIC that supports 10-Gigabit Ethernet LAN/WAN, packet-over-SONET, and SONET/SDH operating modes. The plug-and-play module also includes an API to streamline system integration by providing a software foundation for module configuration, customization, and monitoring.
Network Elements Inc., Beaverton, OR,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 6
The Flamethrower XGLX4 is an IEEE 802.3ae industry-standard XENPAK module. This pluggable device provides a versatile option for 10-Gigabit Ethernet transceivers, which can transmit over multimode or singlemode fiber. Utilizing XAUI as the electrical interface, the four-channel design doesn't require additional internal SerDes chips to operate within 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications. Blaze, Molex, and Pine Photonics will all supply this product. Last September, the three companies completed vendor-to-vendor testing to ensure the interoperability requirements of the IEEE specification were satisfied.
Blaze Network Products, Dublin, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 7
Single-port SOA module
The single-port semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) module is a business-card-sized, self-contained module developed for single-channel amplification in the 1310- and 1550-nm bands. It integrates SOA and passive functions. The integrated isolators, in conjunction with a built-in check-and-balance function, guarantee a steady long-term optical gain and provide a health indication of the amplifier module.
Axon Photonics, Fremont, CA,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 8
Digital video subsystem
The DVX-6000 is a fiber-optic digital video module serving SDI/ASI/ DVB and HDTV up to 1.485 Gbits/sec for uncompressed digital video per SMPTE 259-M and 252-M CCIR-601 protocol. It is used for broadcast TV, digital cinema, post production, and training applications.
Opticomm Corp., San Diego, NOMINEE NO. SUB 9
The ULTRAPAK 10 transponder is designed to operate from 10 Gbit/sec to 12.5 Gbit/sec (super FEC rates) at distances of up to 120 km. The 300-pin MSA-compliant module integrates an externally modulated DWDM laser available at ITU frequencies (50-GHz channel spacing) with a PIN or avalanche photodiode receiver. Remote access to the subsystem's control and monitor functions is provided through the I2C bus.
CENiX, Irvine, CA, NOMINEE NO. SUB 10
SFF optical amplifiers
This new class of small-form-factor optical amplifiers is about half the size of a credit card. Designed for cost reductions in existing C-band optical networks and next-generation systems where size and cost are important. Available in 10- and 15-dBm versions with gain-flattening and electronics as options.
Teem Photonics, Meylan Zirst, France,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 11
The PXC-80 is an 80-channel MEMS-based photonic crossconnect with a 1.7-dB insertion loss and <12-msec switching time. The real-time optical power monitoring is designed for both input and output channels. The switch also features built-in attenuation and dynamic gain equalization, which translates to savings of component purchases and integration time. The PXC-80 meets Telcordia GR-63, GR1073, and GR3009 reliability standards.
Integrated Micromachines Inc., Monrovia, CA, NOMINEE NO. SUB 12
Intelligent link subsystem
Intelligent Link Subsystem (ILS) is a recognizable network element with an open integration platform, standards-based NMS interfaces, and a variety of plug-and-play amplification and signal-conditioning circuit packs. ILS offers network equipment vendors an unprecedented level of flexibility and expansion capabilities via a complete line of world class EDFA and Raman-amplifier circuit packs as well as a full range of signal-conditioning circuit packs, including dynamic gain equalization, dynamic dispersion compensation, and dynamic channel attenuation. Circuit packs can be mixed and matched to create application-specific systems that address service-provider customized requirements faster and cost-effectively.
BTI Photonics Inc., Ottawa, Ontario,
NOMINEE NO. SUB 13
The QT2020 is a fully integrated, monolithic 10.3-Gbit/sec transceiver for 10-Gbit/sec serial stream into four 3.125-Gbit/sec serial lanes via the IEEE XAUI data bus. It delivers 10-Gigabit Ethernet and XAUI performance with jitter tolerance and is ideal for IEEE 802.3ae and XENPAK MSA-compliant applications.
Quake Technologies, Ottawa, Ontario,
NOMINEE NO. COMP 1
The Switchable Optical Drop/Add (SODA) is a compact, scalable, reconfigurable drop/add solution for dynamic wavelength management. A one-channel engine integrates optical switching and DWDM filtering functionalities to allow remote wavelength routing and drop/add capability. The four-channel design, based on patent-pending technology, is flexible and offers significantly lower insertion loss (-3 dB) compared to other technological approaches. By routing wavelengths between two fibers and at the same time dropping or adding additional wavelengths, the SODA router can enhance system design flexibility while increasing the efficiency of system architecture and performance options.
Alliance Fiber Optic Products Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 2
The Free-X all-optical switches are designed for the rigorous demands of the telecommunications market. These switches enable practical and cost-effective all-optical switching for a wide variety of applications. The switches utilize solid free-space (SFS) technology and offer a variety of switching speeds, simultaneous operation over C- and L-bands, optical broadcast/weighted multicast, embedded variable optical attenuator, configuration flexibility, high reliability, and no dark time. It is also environmentally hardened and operational under high optical input power.
Civcom Inc., Petach Tikva, Israel,
NOMINEE NO. COMP 3
The REDEL D Series connector system offers a plug measuring 3.2 mm in outside diameter and <6 mm in length. A snap-on, pull-off connector can be mounted onto either 250-micron coated fiber or 900-micron tight buffered fiber. The 1.25-mm Zirconia ceramic ferrule provides optimum strength, reliability, and optical performance. The series was developed for customers who require a small lightweight plastic connector and an alternative to fiber splicing in applications where periodic disconnection provides a design advantage. Uses material compatible with radioactive environments and has low mass.
LEMO USA Inc., Rohnert Park, CA,
NOMINEE NO. COMP 4
The Apollo line of high-powered (20-mW), widely tunable external-cavity lasers includes high-powered C- and L-band devices. The ability to deliver these high-power tunable devices provides an increase in spectral coverage, allowing an increase in channel count and network capacity. In addition, the full-band tunability facilitates true optical-networking transparency, enabling an intelligent, dynamic, flexible, and cost-effective network architecture, allowing service providers to realize the full economic value of their installed fiber plant.
Iolon Inc., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 5
MultiFilter is an interleaving device that converts a DWDM channel stream into two separate channel streams-one with even channels, the other with odd channels. These devices are currently delivered at any channel spacing between 12.5 and 200 GHz and are Telcordia 1221- and 1209-qualified.
Arroyo Optics Inc., Carlsbad, CA,
NOMINEE NO. COMP 6
Monitoring and control circuit
The AMC7820 is a complete analog monitoring and control circuit designed for control of laser diodes and thermo-electric coolers in DWDM applications. It includes an eight-channel, 12-bit analog-to-digital converter, three 12-bit digital-to-analog converters, nine operational amplifiers, an internal +2.5-V reference, and a low-drift current source for thermistor and RTD temperature measurements. A register-based architecture eases integration with DSP- (or microprocessor)-based systems through a standard SPI bus. All peripheral functions are controlled through registers and on-board state machines. It is available in a 48-lead TQFP package and is fully specified and guaranteed over the -40 to +85°C temperature range.
Texas Instruments, Dallas, NOMINEE NO. COMP 7
The 1945 LMM is a 10-Gbit/sec electro-absorption laser modulator with integrated wavelength locker. It is designed for DWDM transmissions up to 80 km on singlemode fiber, and the wavelength stability of ±20 pm is compatible with channel spacing down to 50 GHz.
Alcatel Optronics, Nozay, France, NOMINEE NO. COMP 8
Ni/Au metalized fibers are manufactured by a unique sputtering process. The coating offers improved peel strength versus the electric plating process commonly used by other vendors. The sputtering process also improves pull strength to 16 N and has a coating <1.2-micron (Ni 0.7-0.9-micron/Au 0.2-0.3-micron) thickness. Integrated with fiber-end shaping, AR coating, ferrule soldering, and low-loss connectorization, this solution can improve the performance and reliability of optical devices such as laser diodes or receivers.
Seikoh Giken USA Inc., Norcross, GA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 9
The Dynamic Channel Equalizer (DCE) exploits planar lightwave circuits on indium phosphide, offering breakthrough functionality in an extremely small footprint. Initially designed for 100-GHz DWDM, it provides the ability to selectively adjust all channels individually, allowing for channel balancing, pre-emphasis, and power loading control within reconfigurable networks. In addition, the product simultaneously provides optical power monitoring, eliminating the requirement for a separate optical-channel monitor. Primarily designed for mid-span amplifier access deployment, the DCE offers low control power per channel and a footprint facilitating direct integration into the amplifier module.
Metro Photonics Inc., Ottawa, Ontario, NOMINEE NO. COMP 10
The SA1140 is a full-function data driver capable of driving lithium niobate (LN) modulators. The adjustable output voltage allows ease of integration with a variety of LN modulators. Further performance optimization is achieved with a ±3% crossover adjustment range to accommodate multiplexer variability. The AM port enables modulator bias control for real time. Key features include low power consumption (+10.5 V at 400 mA and -10.5 V 50 mA), 43-Gbit/sec data rates, 6-Vpp output amplitude, 1.5-V output amplitude control range, electronic crossing percentage control, AM port, and internally regulated and automatic DC bias sequencing.
WJ Communications, San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 11
This line of collimator arrays provides options for widespread applications that require multiport free-space fiber-optic interconnects. The products offer a range of working distances, pitches, and channel counts with very-low insertion loss. By leveraging specialty lens array manufacturing capabilities and proprietary silicon fiber array technologies, the company has launched an automated, scalable, high-performance manufacturing process for both 1-D and 2-D applications.
Haleos Inc., Blacksburg, VA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 12
Applied to optical-networking units for single-fiber bidirectional transmission on EPON (1.25-Gbit/sec) systems. Compact, integrated EPON transceiver consists of 1.3-/1.5-micron WDM function with planar-lightwave-circuit 1.25-Gbit/sec burst-mode transmitter with instantaneous operation from the first bit of employing ROM, and 1.25-Gbit/sec continuous-mode receiver with 2R function (reshaping/regenerating). Features include single power supply voltage of 3.3 V, RECL logic interact, mean output power of >-2 dBm, receive sensitivity of <-24 dBm, and >-3-dBm overload. SC, FC, and MUJ connectors are available.
NEC Corp., Kanagawa, Japan, NOMINEE NO. COMP 13
PhotoPoM fiber consolidates photosensitivity and the polarization maintaining property in the same fiber. Applications such as laser pump stabilizers will benefit, because polarization maintaining fibers are also photosensitive. The polarization of the light is thus ensured before entering polarization-sensitive components such as modulators. Whether hydrogen loading of the fiber is required or not, the PhotoPoM fiber will allow significant cost and time reductions by permitting highly repeatable gratings.
INO, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. COMP 14
Gain tilt controller
The Dynamic Gain Tilt Controller (DGTC), based on LightFlow technology, provides a unique solution to equalize optical power across channels in DWDM systems. With primary applications in EDFAs, it allows gain flatness to be maintained by introducing wavelength-dependent attenuation to correct gain tilt over a wide dynamic range of operating conditions. Designed for reliability with no moving parts, the DGTC features low insertion loss and power consumption. It's small size and simple control algorithm allows easy integration into EDFA modules.
CoAdna Photonics, San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 15
The AD8304 is a micro-miniature logarithmic detector/converter IC-optimized for the measurement of optical power in fiber-optic supervisory systems. It features performance specifications of 160-dB electrical (80-dB optical) dynamic range and 0.1-dB accuracy. The product includes a patent-pending adaptive photodiode bias circuit, which enables optimized photodiode performance over the entire operating range. This true IC implementation offers optical-network designers a single IC that can address their optical measurement needs. The product applies to optical switches, optical amplifiers, add/drop multiplexers, and most other optical-system elements.
Analog Devices Inc., Norwood, MA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 16
The SRBP10 is a 10-Gbit/sec PIN fiber-optic receiver module with a co-planar differential output interface. Incorporating a high-speed InGaAs photodiode and low-noise SiGe transimpedance amplifier in a 16-pin butterfly package, it utilizes a standard -5.2-V supply. Featuring high sensitivity of -18 dBm, the receiver is designed for use in digital communications applications. The SRBP10 co-planar receiver offers a simplified interface with high-frequency transmission lines, facilitating integration into transponders, transceivers, and line cards and making it ideal for metro and long-haul operations.
Perkin Elmer Optoelectronics,Vaudreuil, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. COMP 17
Fiber arrays and Vbloc intelligent solutions for integrated optics interconnection are used to connect fibers with a variety of active components, including splitters, WDM circuits and switches, or any arrays of active components. The products benefit from proven silicon wet-etching technology and expertise in assemblies. Products include one-way fiber array up to 48 ways with 250-micron pitch, angle, or straight polished; higher-density fiber array with 127-micron pitch for high fiber counts; and connectorized fiber arrays with high-performance connectors or multichannel MPO/MPX connectors.
Radiall, Cedex, France, NOMINEE NO. COMP 18
The 50-/100-GHz interleaver functions at a multiplexer or demultiplexer frequency in the S-, C-, or L-band. Based on micro-optics technology, it features low dispersion, wide flat-top passbands, low insertion loss, and high isolation. It does not require active temperature control and, together with its compact package, provides power, cost, and space savings. Interleavers reduce system costs by enabling the use of lower-cost multiplexers and demultiplexers in DWDM applications.
Tsunami, Mountain View, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 19
The NYW-60B tunable laser supports up to 80 factory-calibrated output wavelengths in the EDFA window (1529-1561-nm) C-band range. The unit supports fast, simple selection of any ITU channel or custom frequency from 192.1 to 196 THz via parallel interface and is compatible with external wavelength lockers. The unit features tuning of <1-msec channel-to-channel. The NYW-60B is built around a monolithic four-section GCSR laser and includes an integrated wavelength locker as well as all drive and control electronics in a compact, board-mountable package.
ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prarie, MN, NOMINEE NO. COMP 20
Linear optical amplifier
The Linear Optical Amplifier (LOA) family of products handles gains ranging from 8 to 22 dB. Based on the company's single-chip, multiwavelength optical amplifier, members of this product family are optimized for use in MAN applications. LOA products are packaged in standard butterfly packages and capable of replacing contemporary optical amplifiers 100 times as large for 1/10th the cost.
Genoa Corp., Fremont, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 21
The Gemini MS-1433 is a low-power, small-form-factor, quad 3.15-Gbit/sec transimpedance amplifier (TIA) targeted to increase throughput in MAN, SAN, and WAN applications. The 1.8-V amplifier has a single-channel power consumption of 70 mW and processes multigigabit data from one to four photodiodes supporting data ranges from 1 to 3.125 Gbits/sec. With its unique architecture, the MS-1433 can be utilized in limiting and AGC applications and is compatible with a wide range of photodiode characteristics. Even with all channels operating at maximum speeds, the Gemini TIA maintains a low total jitter budget of <80 psec and high interchannel isolation. In addition, it is designed to detect input currents between 10 microamps and 2 mA with a bit-error rate of 10-12, and the outputs are driven to a 500-mV differential.
MathStar Inc., Minnetonka, MN, NOMINEE NO. COMP 22
These 15-micron-thick silica-on-silicon wafers are up to 8 inches in size, with uniformity of refractive index (variation: ~10-5) and thickness (non-uniformity: <1%) of the silica layers. The other features include excellent flatness art processing technology, and applications suitable for the demanding planar waveguides that require ultimate quality control, an AWG, and a hybrid integration platform.
KST America Corp., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 23
Hybrid isolator tap
This hybrid combines a polarization-insensitive optical isolator, tap coupler, and WDM filter suitable for advanced optical-fiber amplifiers. It provides low insertion loss, low PDL, and high isolation and compact dimension and provides designers with easy-to-install components compared with discrete components. Available in standard or custom models, the hybrid provides stable signal isolation and WDM over wide wavelength and temperature ranges.
Tokin Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 25
Installing this adapter in a bulkhead application allows end users to switch to another adapter interface at any time, in most cases eliminating the need for hybrid cable assemblies. The user simply selects the desired insert according to connector type and fixes it to the adapter base. It also allows end users to properly clean and maintain both of the connectors on each side of the bulkhead as well as the adapter sleeve. The adapter is rackmountable and features high-precision alignment as well as low insertion loss. Types available are FC/PC-FC/PC, FC/APC-FC/APC, FC/PC-SC/PC, FC/APC-SC/APC, and FC/PC-ST/PC. Key users include OEM systems houses and test equipment manufacturers.
SENKO Advanced Components Inc., Marlboro, MA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 26
The MiNi block compact EDFA offers condensed small form factor (SFF) with high flexibility targeted at single-channel or narrowband applications from the metro-edge to ultra-long-haul. It is typically used in receiver preamplifier applications or when several of channels are split off of the main networking path to a switch elsewhere in the network. MiNi can be used in a growing number of new and novel architectures to overcome losses in the network, extend reach, and enhance flexibility cost-effectively.
Nortel Networks Optical Components, Ottawa, Ontario, NOMINEE NO. COMP 27
TNT fiber-optic patch cords
A complete line of fiber-optic patch cords is available with various connector combinations. SC, ST, MT-RJ, LC, MU, FC are available in five differrent color cords in both singlemode and multimode assemblies. Stocking inventory with quick lead-time for custom lengths and custom configurations.
Tri-Net Technology Inc., Walnut, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 28
Universal Depolarizer is based on a proprietary all-fiber technology and can operate with multiple pump lasers over a wide bandwidth. Because it is insensitive to the input wavelength and state of polarization, only one depolarizer is needed per amplifier. It completely eliminates the need to use two pump-laser diodes per wavelength, thus allowing spreading the pumps more evenly through the band, achieving better flatness over the gain bandwidth.
ITF Optical Technologies, Saint-Laurent, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. COMP 29
The reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) product family enables the remote selection of wavelengths or wavelength bands to be added and dropped from the multichannel trunk. Monitoring and equalization functions can also be integrated in this custom product. The ROADM design enables fast reconfiguration, low insertion loss, and low adjacent-channel crosstalk. The design is modular and allows easy scalability and upgrade. ROADMs are available in a variety of channel spacing: DWDM (200 GHz, 100 GHz, 50 GHz), band WDM, and coarse WDM.
Oplink Communications, San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 30
OC-192 modulator driver
With bandwidths of 12.5 and 10.7 Gbits/sec, the AMPF-1X8MDA family is designed for aggressive power budgets. With 8-V supply voltage and 6-Vpp output voltage, power consumption is under 1.5 W. At higher output drive levels, modulator driver power consumption remains < 2.5 W. The driver amplifier is designed to match lithium niobate, GaAs, and indium phosphide modulator products. Other benefits include low jitter (12 psec), wide eye-crossing adjustments (±15%), and tight stability (0.3 dB) over the operating-temperature range. The product family is available in industry-standard housing configurations as well as SMD/BGA options that offer smaller form factors.
Aeroflex Microelectronic Solutions, Baldwin Park, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 31
The functionality of a variable optical attenuator (VOA), an AWG multiplexer, and power monitoring is combined to create a smart V-Mux. The product allows the system integrator's to control and monitor transmitted signal power, as required for managing dynamic optical networks. This hybrid integration improves performance by combining best-in-class technologies for each function. Product features include low insertion loss, extremely low power consumption, and low PDL, even at large attenuation values. V-Mux complements other products, including AWGs, VOA-multiplexers, and AWG-monitors, in a compact package.
WaveSplitter Technologies Inc., Fremont, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 32
The new E-2000 PS connector system is for high-power applications (1 W and above), offering excellent insertion- and return-loss values (similar to standard singlemode connectors). This connector is based on expanded beam technology. A piece of gradient index fiber is used as a collimating lens, which enlarges the beam diameter and reduces power density at the connector interface. The product includes integrated protective cap (which shields the ferrule endface against contamination and provides eye safety) and offers the connector technology necessary to implement a power solution.
Diamond USA, Chelmsford, MA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 33
Parallel optical interconnect
The MAGNUS parallel optical interconnect is a connectorized transmitter/receiver pair with 12 channels operating up to 2.7 Gbits/sec for aggregate bandwidth of 32 Gbits/sec. The modules enable aggregate bandwidth in excess of 100 Gbits/sec across a 300-m reach. Featuring snap-on optics, the thumb-sized modules incorporate a BGA connector that allows on-demand provisioning of line cards, while eliminating potential optical damage during soldering and washing steps of standard assembly techniques. The product is based on VCSEL technology and enables high-speed optical backplanes for core routers, switches, and crossconnect equipment.
Picolight Inc., Boulder, CO, NOMINEE NO. COMP 34
APD receiver module
The FRM5N141GW small-form-factor integrated avalanche photodiode (APD) transimpedance-amplifier receiver module has been designed to meet the stringent size requirements needed for optical components in next-generation transponders and transceivers. At a total package length of just 6.7 mm, it still maintains high performance standards (-26-dBm sensitivity/-7-dBm overload) required by today's market. The device features a differential strip line output, 10-kohm integrated thermistor, internal DC feedback control, and a DC bias offset control option.
Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor Inc., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 35
GbE parallel array modules
The 1310-nm 12-channel Gigabit Ethernet parallel array module is a VCSEL-based array module for IEEE 802.3z applications. The multichannel module offers a combination of increased density and low power in a cost-effective, small-footprint solution. The array features 12 independent transmit/receive channels and is capable of transmitting data at aggregate speeds of 15 Gbits/sec over 10 km of singlemode fiber. For added flexibility, the array is pluggable and includes independent signal detect and transmit disable functions on each channel, enabling service providers and OEMs to lower total costs.
Cielo Communications Inc., Broomfield, CO, NOMINEE NO. COMP 36
The 4320MX multiplexer/demultiplexer operates at rates of 43 Gbits/sec and higher for use in SONET OC-768 and SDH STM-256 applications. It incorporates an integrated clock multiplication unit and combines four 10.7-Gbit/sec data channels into a 43-Gbit/sec serial data stream suitable for transmission over high-speed fiber networks. The product includes an integrated clock and data recovery circuit and converts the 43-Gbit/sec data stream back to four 10.7-Gbit/sec differential outputs. Both are designed in indium phosphide, with integrated CMU and CDR. The 4320MX is provided in RF metal packages and operates from a 3.3-VDC power supply.
Inphi Corp., Westlake Village, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 37
Automated deposition system
The automated deposition system's built-in inspection mechanism allows the thickness of a coating layer to be measured against the specified values and takes the measured outcome into account to determine the thickness of the next coating layer for correction. The process is excellent for crafting GFFs and edge filters. It can verify accuracy of the layer's coating thickness for shorter lead time, and customized coatings can be achieved with as few trial runs as possible.
Nikon Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 38
The 10GBase-LR XENPAK transceiver offers the XAUI interface and has been designed to the proposed 802.3ae IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) standard and XENPAK MSA. The small, reliable, low-cost transceiver is ideal for emerging 10-GbE applications, including campus trunking, data aggregation, enterprise-to-metropolitan uplinks, and equipment-room and exchange point-to-point links. The 1310-nm serial transceiver has a range of 10 km.
Agilent Technologies Inc., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 39
Tunable WDM module
The tunable WDM module provides channel add/drop functionality with the added ability to change the wavelength of the selected channel. The unit selects either a single channel or a band of channels from a 200-GHz-spaced ITU grid. The selected channel can be changed with a selection speed of <2 sec without interfering with other channels being transmitted. The unit paves the way for a solution to realize reconfigurable DWDM systems and nodes.
Santec USA Corp., Hackensack, NJ, NOMINEE NO. COMP 40
980-nm LD module
The 98CX series module's design is simple and offers an output of 30-90 mW. In addition, the module can operate in a wide range of coolerless operations (-5 to +70°C) and uses a robust four-pin coaxial package with chip and module technology based on that used for submarine laser diodes. It delivers reliable, economical EDFA pump source for citywide/local networks, cable television, and more.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 41
N-channel ROADM module
The compact WaveWalker N-channel ROADM module is designed for OEMs that require the flexibility to specify channel spacing, number of channels, packaging, and I/O control. The configuration can add/drop up to eight channels (scalable to 80 channels) and has built-in VOAs for gain equalization. Based on thin-film filters and liquid-crystal technology, there are no moving parts to wear out, stick, or vibrate. This photonic module enables a broad span of applications, including wavelength provisioning, optical bypass, monitoring, and signal conditioning. It operates over the C- and L-band with low insertion loss and is compliant with Telcordia GR-1221-CORE.
SpectraSwitch Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 42
Variable optical attenuator
The YS-500 variable optical attenuator (VOA) maintains the proven performance and high reliability of the current-generation VOA-magneto-optical technology (without moving parts), submillisecond response, analog operations, and high dynamic range. It offers significant packaging improvements such as a 40% reduction in device size (14x37x6 mm), the relocation of all fiber pigtails to one side of the device, and the positioning of electrical pins at the bottom of the housing. Overall, the product enables improvements in fiber management and board mounting for better and more compact PCB designs.
FDK Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 43
The Terminator Series T-48 fiber-optic interconnect, featuring 48 electro-optical data channels, is a two-dimensional fiber-optic link with a dense interconnect. It was designed for high-speed rack-to-rack, board-to-board, and optical backplane data transmission in optical transport, core-router, technical server, and storage-area networking applications. The T-48 modules provide 48 channels of optical communications with an aggregate data rate of 120 Gbits/sec at 2.5 Gbits/sec per channel. It requires just 6 square inches of board real estate and dissipates only 8 W of power. The product's proprietary two-dimensional optoelectronic technology provides transmission flexibility and freedom.
TeraConnect Inc., Nashua, NH, NOMINEE NO. COMP 44
Dynamic spectral equalizer
The AgileWave dynamic spectral equalizer is designed to be a programmable optical filter that can operate with spectral resolutions suitable for tilt, profile, banded, or channel-by-channel gain/power-level balancing. Based on digital light processing technology from Texas Instruments, the device provides fast, dynamic reconfiguration and proven reliability. The product is designed to provide true continuous spectral attenuation control with very high spectral resolution and optimal attenuation granularity. Applications include EDFA and Raman-amplifier gain/shape control and power balancing of added/dropped channels in dynamically routed networks.
CiDRA Corp., Wellingford, CT, NOMINEE NO. COMP 45
Designed specifically to meet the angled requirements for cable TV and broadband applications, the SLCA (angle physical contact-APC) connector series offers space-saving economies previously only available with standard, non-angled LC connectors. The SLCA series features a precision-polished zirconia pre-angle (8-degree) ferrule with a subassembly design, improving backreflection by about -70 dB. The series, just half the size of standard fiber-optic connectors, doubles the number of installable devices on a single panel, offering significant cost savings for large system installations. Color-coded for easy identification, the housing body comes standard in green to signify APC applications.
Seiko Instruments USA Inc. Fiber Optics Group, Torrance, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 46
The optical switches offer channel selection between input fiber(s) and a pair of output fibers via a moving reflector in and out of the optical path. The reflector is actuated electrically and operates independently of data rate and signal format. The switches provide excellent performance, including fast switching time, low insertion loss, low PDL, wide wavelength range, and high reliability. Applications include configurable add/drop, MANs, systems monitoring, and measurement of systems and instruments.
O-Net Communications (SZ) Ltd., Shenzhen, P.R. China, NOMINEE NO. COMP 47
These newly designed optomechanical optical switches are used for telecommunications applications. Products include arrayed optical switches for OADM and 1xN optical switches.
Teijin Seiki Co. Ltd, Kanagawa, Japan, NOMINEE NO. COMP 48
Tunable dispersion compensator
Tunable Dispersion Compensator (TDC) offers dynamic, variable control of chromatic dispersion in a compact, highly efficient module. TDC is based on a patented fiber-grating technology and thermal tuning method that allows continuous tuning with fast response and low power consumption. The wide tuning range (up to 1,000 psec/nm) gives system designers added flexibility in managing system dispersion.
OFS Fitel, Specialty Photonics, Vaudreuil, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. COMP 49
TimePieces chipsets are designed with an intelligent, patent-pending Interface bus protocol. These chipsets free network designers from the burden of becoming sync experts in designing a complete standards-based synchronization equipment clock and its complex "glue" logic to interconnect and control the different timing component functionality. These chipsets include the oscillator, input, output, timing, and communications functions. They are used for the synchronization of advanced multiservice optical-network equipment.
Datum, Austin, TX, NOMINEE NO. COMP 50
The Faraday rotator has low insertion loss, good character of wavelength, and temperature-dependence. It is applied to LD module isolators and inline isolators and it secures high performance and high reliability for these optical isolators.
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 51
Polarization beam combiner core
Polarization Beam Combiner (PBC) features a high-precision and low-insertion-loss crystal set called PBC Core. By assembling with one dual-fiber polarization maintaining collimator and one single-fiber collimator, it's possible to pigtail a PBC, which is widely used in Raman amplifiers. PBC Core is also commonly used in circulators and interleavers to combine or split the polarization beam.
Foctek Photonics Inc., Fujian, China, NOMINEE NO. COMP 52
The 50-GHz interleaver, designed specifically for OC-192 systems, delivers the unique combination of compact size, high performance, and passive operation. Through a patent-pending design, it features wide passbands, low dispersion, and low insertion loss required for advanced high-data-rate applications such as OC-192 with FEC. Its design achieves <1.5-dB insertion loss and <0.3 pm/°C of thermal drift, alleviating the need for active temperature control to save power and space. The interleaver is ideal for efficiently demultiplexing (or multiplexing) 50-GHz-spaced channels into two sets of 100-GHz-spaced channels and enables systems with up to 160 OC-192 channels or 1.6-Tbit/sec capacity.
New Focus Inc., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 53
Low-insertion-loss connection parts
Precision connector and adapter parts for the SC, FC, MU, and LC series provide a total solution to achieving ultra-low insertion loss (<0.05 dB) at each connection in an optical-network system.
Toto Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 54
These cassette-type connector cleaners are used for the multifiber connectors with pins to its line of CLETOP series. Each rubber pad in the cassette is specially designed to meet widths across pins of the MPO/MTP and the MT-RJ connectors, and the plain-woven ultra-fine micro-fiber replacement tape is also prepared. The cleaners enable cleaning of connector endfaces between pins easily and smoothly without damaging pins.
NTT-ME Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 55
This S-band, L-band, and wideband (covering C+L bands and C+L+S bands) isolator series include ultra-high isolation, ultra-low insertion loss, ultra-low PMD; and ultra-low PDL. Ultra-high isolation is better than 70 dB at the central wavelength and higher than 55 dB over ±30-nm bandwidth; ultra-low loss is <0.25-dB insertion loss; ultra-low PMD is <0.02-psec PMD; and ultra-low PDL is <0.02 dB.
Koncent Communication Inc., Fujian, P.R. China, NOMINEE NO. COMP 56
Hi-Mode Dispersion Management Device (DMD) precisely manages chromatic dispersion and dispersion slope for typical transmission fiber in either the C- or L-band. The device is broadband, yields low insertion loss, and handles high optical power without stimulating nonlinearities. It enables 10-Gbit/sec and 40-Gbit/sec DWDM system manufacturers to increase system performance and lower system costs through higher data rates, more channels per fiber, and longer distances using fewer costly optical-electrical-optical regenerators.
LaserComm, Plano, TX, NOMINEE NO. COMP 57
SFF optical transceivers
The small-form-factor optical transceivers can be fixed or pluggable, short- or long-wavelength, and are used in Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and SONET applications for distances up to 80 km and extended temperature ranges well beyond the standard. Connector options include the LC, MU, and MT-RJ.
Sigma-Links Inc., Santa Clara, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 58
The 10-Gbit/sec optical transmitter and receiver in one device, with a 16-channel 622-Mbit/sec multiplexer/demultiplexer, is for intermediate-reach SDH/SONET, short-reach SDH/SONET, MANs, and high-speed data communications.
Wuhan Telecommunication Devices Co., Wahan, China, NOMINEE NO. COMP 59
The PM5397 ARROW-2xGE is a physical layer (PHY) device for efficiently mapping Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) frames into a SONET/SDH transport network. It supports two GbE channels and independently maps each of them into an STS-48/-16 channelized payload, using the new virtual concatenation and generic framing procedure standards to ensure efficient use of the SONET channel bandwidth. The highly integrated device can be used in MAN transport equipment, including multiservice provisioning platforms and add/drop multiplexers. Equipment using the device allows service providers to offer carrier-class Ethernet transport over existing SONET/SDH networks, leveraging the performance and reliability of SONET/SDH together with the cost-efficiencies of Ethernet.
PMC-Sierra, Burnaby, British Columbia, NOMINEE NO. COMP 60
Variable optical attenuator
These integrated attenuators use PLC-based Mach-Zehnder interferometers with thermo-optic phase-shifters. The lightweight, compact devices provide high stability and reliability without moving parts. Up to eight of the devices can be integrated; they are optimized for application to 2x2 switches in customized designs.
Showa Electric Wire & Cable Co. Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 61
The MS-408 quad-arrayed optomechanical switch products consist of four individual 1x2, dual 2x2, 2x2, or any combination of 1x2 and 2x2 switches in one reduced package size. High transparency and reliability performance, qualified Bellcore test. These flexible and scalable optical-switch products improve overall system cost and reduce physical space. Applications include protection/restoration, reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers, optical crossconnects, and optical power monitoring systems.
Hitachi Metals America Ltd., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 62
The 4245 is a widely tunable EAM laser transmitter for metro and switching applications. The device tunes over 100 C-band channels (40 nm) and operates at 2.5 Gbits/sec. It has excellent chirp and supports OC-48 SONET transmission over any fiber at distances up to 200 km. The laser is a monolithic indium phosphide chip with integrated tuning section, semiconductor optical amplifier, and modulator. The SONET transmitter module is fully electronic and contains no moving parts. Worst-case switching time from any channel to any channel is 10 msec.
Agility Communications, Santa Barbara, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 63
Polarization beam combiner
The newly developed 980-nm All Fiber Type Optical Polarization Beam Combiner (980-nm PBC) is based on fused taper fiber coupler technology. Achieved insertion loss is as low as 0.3 dB for slow axis and 0.8 dB for last axis. High reliability is also confirmed by using a micro-ceramic eating method. The devices are ideal for use in high-output EDFAs to combine the output of two laser diodes. Overall applications include laser-pump combining of EDFAs, interferometers, R&D, and lab experiments.
Toyokuni Electric Cable Co. Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 64
Designed for telecommunications applications, ultra-low-reflectance InGaAs/InP photodiode has a typical optical reflectance of <0.6% from 1520 to 1620 nm. This ultra-low reflectance over the wide wavelength range was achieved by depositing a proprietary multilayered antireflection filter directly onto the surface of the InGaAs/InP photodiode.
OSI Fibercomm Inc., Hawthorne, CA, NOIMINEE NO. COMP 65
10-Gbit/sec SiGe chipsets
Multilink's MTC1235 MUX-CMU and MTC1236 CDR-DMUX are small 10-Gbit/sec SiGe chipsets. The chipsets form factor (10x10-mm ceramic ball grid array), high performance, and low power make it ideal for metro and short-reach systems. These features also reduce the complexity of implementation and time-to-market for system vendors.
Multilink Technology Corp., Somerset, NJ, NOMINEE NO. COMP 66
10-Gbit/sec uncooled module
This LD module features 10-Gbit/sec direct modulation, wide temperature applicability, and a compact package. It is well suited for 10-Gigabit Ethernet applications and related areas. Temperatures covered are between -5 and +100°C, where it generates a fine eye-pattern for 10-Gbit/sec nonreturn-to-zero signals. The device is assembled in a compact thermo-electric cooler-free package-<0.5 cc, 13.2x7.4x4.7 mm, excluding the fiber-sleeve portion.
NTT Electronics Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. COMP 67
Integrated DWDM transponder
The VIT10 integrated DWDM transponder is for OC-192/STM-64 with FEC or 10-Gigabit Ethernet. It is suited for both amplified and non-amplified DWDM applications in both metro and long-haul networks. The transponder is a complete package with built-in control and monitoring functions and has a small form factor.
Vitesse Semiconductor, Camarillo, CA, NOMINEE NO. COMP 68
The MaxCap 300 850-nm laser-optimized 50-micron multimode fiber (MMF) is for 300-m applications. The fiber fully supports 850-nm (SX) serial 10-Gbit/sec applications over 300 m. An effective modal bandwidth of 2,000 MHz-km at 850 nm under laser launch is ensured by means of 850-nm DMD specification. The MMF offers a smooth, low-cost migration path for premises backbone cabling from 10 Mbits/sec up to 10 Gbits/sec over 300 m.
Draka Comteq, Eindhoven, Netherlands, NOMINEE NO. COMP 69
The portable ONT-50 combines optical and digital testing into a single unit, making it a complete solution for both optical layer and performance testing. Featuring a modular design, it allows easy upgrades, powerful software, and remote Web-based monitoring. It measures all optical bit rates up to 10 Gbits/sec, making it a complete digital and optical DWDM solution available for field use. When these capabilities are combined with the powerful optical-spectrum-analyzer and Q-factor analysis functions, engineers and network operators can perform all tests required during optical-system installation and maintenance and optical-component verification for 10-Gbit/sec DWDM networks.
Acterna, Germantown, MD, NOMINEE NO. TEST 1
ConnCert 100 is an easy-to-use, complete fiber-optic endface inspection and certification system. It provides accurate and repeatable results that conform to the most stringent fiber-optic standards. The system allows authorized users to change feature and inspection parameters based on programmed requirements while also enabling users to program a variety of pass/fail criteria for various zones across the face of the fiber. Results then can be electronically saved or printed for easy and accurate recordkeeping.
Prior Scientific Inc., Rockland, MA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 2
The OPX-192 is a channelized OC-192 (10-Gbit/sec) bit-error-rate (BER) test module. It provides BER statistics and APS duration measurements for 192 independent, simultaneous channels. It also supports emulation of optical signaling protocols in SONET/SDH data communications channels.
Spirent Communications, Honolulu, NOMINEE NO. TEST 3
The D3371 transmission analyzer has a variable-data-rate capability from 10 MHz to 3.6 GHz, which encompasses all data rates necessary for SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, and Gigabit Ethernet devices used in IP networking. It can generate various types of pseudo-random bit sequences and user-programmable test patterns for simulating actual line traffic, enabling flexible accommodation of a wide range of needs. The D3371 provides measurement function options such as jitter tolerance measurement and pattern and error phase analysis. It supports up to 3 Vp-p, offering a wide range of output amplitudes from low-amplitude devices to direct laser-diode modulation and electro-absorption modulators
Advantest Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. TEST 4
Fiber inspection video microscope
The FT400 FiberInspector video microscope allows users to inspect terminated fiber through bulkhead adapters at the front of the panel, eliminating the need to access the backside of panels or disassemble hardware devices before inspection. Instead of removing each individual fiber, users need only insert the video probe to inspect the fiber while it's still in place. FiberInspector never touches the termination, so the risk of contamination is reduced. The display allows users to view a fiber endface without looking directly into the fiber to prevent any harmful infrared lights from reaching the eye.
Fluke Networks Inc., Everett, WA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 5
Chromatic dispersion test set
The CHROMOS11 optical-network chromatic dispersion (CD) analyzer is designed specifically for use with installed high-capacity DWDM transmission systems. That includes networks with integral EDFAs. This system allows measurement of end-to-end CD and PMD of both repeaterless and line amplified systems with minimum disruption. It features C- and L-band coverage, high dynamic range, and operation at low optical signal-to-noise levels.
Perkin Elmer, San Ramon, CA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 6
L-band test source
This erbium broadband source (EBS) 4022L is a high-power L-band amplified spontaneous emission test instrument. With 21-dBm output power and flatness across the L-band, it is used for system, EDFA, or L-band fiber-optic-component testing. Featuring the same power spectral density as a full set of 100-GHz-spaced distributed-feedback lasers, the device can lower equipment costs in a variety of telecommunications test sets. As a powerful, flat source, it also lends itself to local networking using spectral slicing or optical code-division multiplexing access. The EBS-4022L's very high power provides a uniform dynamic range for the characterization of passive optical components such as arrayed waveguides. With the spectral stability of the device, frequent spectrum recording is unnecessary. It is available in benchtop format or as a module for OEM integration.
MPB Communications Inc., Quebec, NOMINEE NO. TEST 7
Loss and dispersion test system
The 81910A all-parameter test solution addresses both loss and dispersion measurement of optical components. The system combines a tunable-laser source with low-noise output for loss and PDL measurements with high accuracy and interferometry to determine dispersion properties. The 81910A is designed to allow precise characterization of all relevant device parameters in equal importance, not just as a subset or single parameter. The device measures insertion loss, PDL, group delay, and differential group delay simultaneously in transmission and reflection. A single connection test setup reduces test time and test uncertainties.
Agilent Technologies, Boblingen,Germany, NOMINEE NO. TEST 8
Handheld test set
The handheld SunSet 10G tests the core network at bit rates up to 10 Gbits/sec. Its 4-lb weight and battery operation combine for true portability. The test set supports SONET/SDH network testing at OC-3/STM-1 to OC-192/STM-64 as well as multiple interface configurations. It is in compliance with ANSI, Telcordia, and ITU-T standards. Advanced analysis features monitor pointer movements, perform pointer test sequences per ITU-T G.783, and measure APS timing in the network. Comprehensive error performance and analysis are also included. Multiple test results are displayed simultaneously on the large, multiwindow, colored display.
Sunrise Telecom, San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 9
Portable DWDM test system
The TransPort system is a portable, expandable, multichannel tester providing onsite troubleshooting and installation testing of optical-network systems. The rugged TransPort offers service providers, enterprises, and network equipment manufacturers a cost-effective portable tester. Using the same modules and software as the company's other rackmounted chassis, the TransPort supports multiple SONET/SDH rates in one unit. It has eight slots for customer configuration. To ensure reliable testing, TransPort has a thermal management system and can automatically shut down to prevent test degradation or unit damage. After an automatic shutdown, the system can be restarted and tests are resumed without data loss. The unit weighs about 20 lbs and is 8 3/16x141/4x151/4 inches.
gnubi communications, Dallas, NOMINEE NO. TEST 10
Jitter analysis test module
The OTS9200 jitter analysis module uses patented Digital Phase Analysis (DPA) technology to deliver optical jitter test results that verify product compliance with global communications standards from OC-3/STM-1 (155 Mbits/sec) to OC-192/STM-64 (10 Gbits/sec). It time stamps every edge of a SONET/SDH data stream and removes the error sources and variables associated with phase-locked-loop (PLL) circuitry found in current analog alternatives. The OTS9200 performs both jitter generation and jitter tolerance tests, offering high accuracy and resolution over the specified ranges. This new digital approach to jitter analysis eliminates the need for range switching and PLL settling time required with analog jitter analysis alternatives. The result is faster design cycles and reduced time per test.
Tektronix Inc., Beaverton, OR, NOMINEE NO. TEST 11
The Alpha NIR is an ultra-small, InGaAs-based, infrared camera designed for detection of telecommunications laser radiation, especially in the S, C, and L DWDM wavebands. It includes an ultra-miniature sensor head that incorporates a 320x256 indium gallium focal plane array that is highly sensitive to energy in the near-infrared and shortwave-infrared wavebands from 900 to 1700 nm, well beyond the range of silicon CCD cameras. InGaAs detectors are very resistant to damage from intense lasers, allowing for direct illumination onto the focal plane. Alpha NIR provides real-time on-screen imagery and image analysis and recording. Applications include laser-beam profiling, silicon wafer inspection, optical-fiber inspection, and optical device characterization. Measuring only 5.3x6.4x9.5 cm, at a weight of 350 grams (without lens), the camera head is ideal for applications with space limitations.
Indigo Systems, Santa Barbara, CA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 12
Mini optical-channel monitor
This compact optical-channel performance monitor (OCPM) monitors channel powers, center wavelengths, wavelength drifts, and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) for 100- and 50-GHz channel spacing. It provides ±15-pm wavelength accuracy, 50-pm spectral resolution, 60-dB dynamic range, ±0.2-dB channel power repeatability, ±0.5-dB channel power accuracy, and 30-dB OSNR for both the C- and L-bands. The devices feature a small optical engine (60x68x15 mm3), high SNR, high speed (total response time <20 msec), and wide operating-temperature range (-5-70°C). The devices are truly athermal and tested to Telcordia standards.
BaySpec, Fremont, CA, NOMINEE NO. TEST 13
The MD1230A is a portable Ethernet/IP network data analyzer that combines performance analysis and network monitoring in a single instrument. Featuring modular architecture with built-in LCD display and intuitive GUI, it offers various interface modules-10/100-Mbit/sec, Gigabit Ethernet, 2.5-Gbit/sec, and 10-Gbit/sec packet over SONET. Multiple analyzers can be combined, and the multiple-user function is supported. The MD1230A can conduct network performance analysis, quality-of-service evaluations, and real-time measurements of in-service traffic. The analyzer is integrated with traffic generation, Layer 2-4 protocol emulation, and protocol capture and decode functions. It can also conduct RFC 2544 automatic benchmark testing and remote latency measurements.
Anritsu Co., Richardson, TX, NOMINEE NO. TEST 14
Passive-component test solution
TUNICS-Evolution is a high-performance compact solution for passive optical-component characterization empowering engineers to achieve fast and accurate measurements to validate designs and ensure product quality. Integrating a sweeping ASE-free tunable-laser source and two optical-power meters into one single mainframe, it provides state-of-the-art performance particularly suited for DWDM narrowband filter characterization. Different models cover the E-, S-, C- and L-bands and feature +/-3-pm wavelength accuracy and +/-0.05-dB accuracy. WALICS-Sweeper can operate in sweeping mode during final testing and is able to operate at a fixed wavelength for in-process alignment.
NetTest, Les Clayes sous Bois, France, NOMINEE NO. TEST 15
FiberExpress Manager is a modular ensemble that facilitates management of large numbers of high-density in-building terminations. It allows up to 1,920 singlemode- or multimode-fiber terminations in a single rack and adapts to most connectors. The manager is offered in conventional-style or preterminated solutions and with a release mechanism of the connector module for patch-cord ease-of-management.
NORDX/CDT, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 1
The ultra-high-precision fiber array for optical interconnection using the Kohoku Kogyo original process comes in three materials for ceramic fiber array: partially stabilized zirconia (SrO2), semi-transparent alumina (AL2O3), and transparent silica (SiO2). Materials are selected for specific customer demands, and the original fiber array for customer demand can be produced.
Kohoku Kogyo Co. Ltd., Shiga-Prefecture, Japan, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 2
Eutectic die bonder
This system is a fully automatic eutectic die bonder for optical devices. It has a flexible design that can accommodate several conversions such as TO-can to butterfly and wafer ring to 2-inch tray by swapping some units. It is also easy to maintain with an easy trouble-diagnostic design.
Four Technos Co. Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 3
Fiber-alignment and welding system
This system is used for the assembly of the various kinds of LD and PD devices, such as the pigtail, receptacle type, and butterfly type. Because of the high quality of the welding unit and the specially tuned YAG laser unit, this system achieves very small post-welding shift and therefore doesn't require any recovering (hammering) process. As a result, cycle time is short.
AOI Sansho Co. Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 4
Seam Sealer has an auto-lid positioning unit that reduces troublesome work at the time of positioning of the lid on the package. The temperature process of the baking oven controls moisture in a short time. This system covers mini DIL to butterfly packages. Maximum package size is 50 mm as standard. It can also accommodate packages with fiber or a maximum 150-mm package as options.
Origin Electric Co. Ltd., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 5
HRC-11P rackmounted cabinets provide 216 UPC/SC and APC/SC ports, ideal for central office, premises, CEV, and other high-density applications all within 11 inches. Designed to provide maximum density, the cabinets still provide ample space for easy access to individual adapters and jumpers. Fiber management includes bend-radius controls, strain-relief protection, and sturdy fiber-management rings to organize jumper assemblies. The HRC-11P can be configured with a rear-access splice tray for mass fusion splicing within the cabinet to preterminate cabinets while retaining maximum rack density. Splicing can be done at the factory or in the field.
Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS) Corp., Northborough, MA, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 6
Connector cleaning system
The FieldMaster connector cleaning system cleans 8,900 connectors with a single roll of microfiber tape and can handle more connectors if multiple wipes per refresh are used. It cleans 2.5-mm, 1.25-mm, and MT-type ferrules (without pins) with a single straight or circular wipe. FieldMaster is suitable for handheld or benchtop one-handed use, no chemicals or power source are required. The system is dust sealed and has a ground strap connection for static sensitive environments. It is available in stainless steel or aluminum.
REALM Communications Group Inc., San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. INSTL 7
The Faraday rotators are bi-substituted iron garnet crystals manufactured by LPE crystal growth. They are characterized by low insertion loss and large Faraday effect for applications requiring compact size and high performance as magneto-optical devices for optical transmission.
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. Inc., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. MFG 1
FBG phase writing
The Compex FBG is tailored for phase-mask FBG writing, offering top-hat beam profile and high spatial coherence. Internal energy control allows long-term energy-constant operation with low pulse-to-pulse fluctuation. The FBG uses improved resonator geometry for high-beam pointing stability. Optics design filters out highly divergent light inside the laser cavity, resulting in a low divergent laser beam of high focusing ability and spatial coherence of 2 mm (short axis) and 0.7 mm (long axis). Rectangular beam output profile is extremely flat along the long axis. The laser tube is temperature-controlled to provide a stable laser energy output from pulse to pulse.
Lambda Physik USA Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, NOMINEE NO. MFG 2
The submicron-level-alignment-accuracy Flip Chip Bonder OF2000 allows packaging of optoelectronic modules by a passive alignment method. Typical features include ±0.5-micron bonding accuracy and 15-sec/chip tact time. Technological grounds include an automatic calibration function, which serves against temperature variations, maintaining bonding accuracy in the production environment; a specialty ceramic heat tool and heat stage, enabling rapid temperature rise (2 sec, 20-230°C) and fall of the bonding mechanism; air-bearing system, achieving low bonding pressure control; an automatic focusing mechanism to adjust co-planarity between chip and substrate within 1-micron accuracy; and an IR measurement system to verify positioning accuracy after bonding.
Toray Engineering Co. Ltd., Santa Clara, CA, NOMINEE NO. MFG 3
Epoxy bonding solution
The NanoBonder EBS solution for epoxy bonding provides photonics manufacturers with tightly integrated standard solutions for assembly, alignment, bonding, and inline testing of a variety of active and passive photonics devices. The platform's industrial design is built around factory-proven alignment, bonding, assembly, and control technologies to ensure maximum uptime of the epoxy bonding process. Ergonomic design ensures ease of access for maintenance and material handling, minimizes work-related injuries, and improves operator performance. This scalable platform can be configured with automatic part gapping, part clocking, dispensing, and integrated UV or thermal cure.
Adept Technology Inc., Livermore, CA, NOMINEE NO. MFG 4
The ATP-2100 multi-use polisher provides low polishing cost, short polishing time, high throughput, and easy operation during connector assembly. Designed for mass production, the polisher can finish 24 ferrules simultaneously, including 2.5-mm, 1.25-mm, and MT-type ferrules.
NTT Advanced Technology Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. MFG 5
Auto alignment system
The KIS-500 automatic alignment system for optical-waveguide-to-fiber alleys provides automation for measuring distance, endface alignment, power-peak search, UV glue supply and UV light-emitting; a combination of motion control software, which enables control stages up to 24 axes at the same time; image processing; and an alignment sequence program. The alignment system can also be used for the assembly of LD modules, PD modules, transceivers, isolators, collimators, etc., as well as for bare fiber mounting to chip.
Iwatani International Corp., Tokyo, NOMINEE NO. MFG 6
MicroPen improves fluid control and minimizes waste in critical fiber-optic assembly processes where precise amounts of two-part epoxies, UV-cure adhesives, and other expensive assembly fluids are required. Used with a timed-pulse dispenser, it produces consistent micro-deposits as small as 0.004 inch in diameter, without the costly waste associated with 1-cc syringes or user-rigged application tools. MicroPen features a disposable reservoir tip, whose 0.25-cc capacity reduces adhesive waste and production costs by allowing expensive adhesives to be mixed in small batches and consumed before pot-life expires. Silicone-free reservoir tips are available with 30-, 32-, or 33-gauge dispensing needles and block UV wavelengths between 280 and 390 nm.
EFD Inc., East Providence, NOMINEE NO. MFG 7
Fiber prep and fusion splicing
The Presta fully automated fiber prep and fusion splicing integrates fiber prep and fusion splicing into one continuous, inline process intended to boost throughput and yield while reducing labor costs. The system strips, cleans, cleaves, splices, re-coats and proof-tests up to 40 fibers in a single pass in just one minute per splice with no operator intervention, replacing up to 15 operators as well as all the associated benchtop prep and splicing tools.
kSaria Corp., Wilmington, MA, NOMINEE NO. MFG 8
The PXI technology-based alignment platform demonstrates automatic alignment of a fiber or polarized fiber within 1.5 sec. The alignment includes an automatic clamping system, data feed-forward using the 14-pin package's parameters, and automatic control of the gap between the fiber and the selfoc at 1 micron. The fiber is aligned at the maximum power position; then an auto-stress system linked to a polarization analyzer automatically adjusts the extension ration under software control. Benefits and specifications include a total for a semi-automatic machine of 7 sec (excluding curing time) and a footprint for the overall station of less than1 m2.
Mindready Solutions Inc., Saint-Laurent, Quebec, NOMINEE NO. MFG 9
The FAST60 turnkey manufacturing system fully automates the difficult task of aligning, testing, and pigtailing double-ended planar waveguides. Designed for the demands of production use, the system is based on dual Axsys FAST6 six-axis fiber-alignment systems that feature programmable virtual pivotpoint, multichannel active alignment, and channel-balancing algorithms. Configurable subsystems for coarse and fine alignment, machine vision control, epoxy dispense and cure, and integrated photonic test measurement allow the FAST60 to be rapidly configured to the specific requirements of any planar device.
Axsys Technologies Inc., Pittsburgh, NOMINEE NO. MFG 10
DesignIQ Ring with DWDM reduces network planning and designing time from days to minutes. The product opens new revenue channels by allowing carriers to align service revenue with network costs to maximize profit. The product also shortens the sales cycle for OEMs and increases productive selling time. Sales professionals can test alternative network design scenarios and immediately provide customers with an inventory of needed equipment and an on-the-spot estimate. Network designers can graphically view the traffic routes on the network while testing various options. DesignIQ Ring with DWDM incorporates emerging metro services and supports SONET linear restoration and SONET 1+1 path protection.
Teloptica Inc., Richardson, TX, NOMINEE NO. DES 1
Multilayer design environment
Network Design Environment is an integrated multilayer design solution supporting access, metro, and transport network design. It is one solution for network modeling and simulation, encompassing all layers from application to physical-HTTP, IP, ATM, MPLS, SDH/SONET, DWDM. OptSIM (for optical transmission systems and network design), Artifex (for network technology design), and Artis Network Designer (for network planning) provide a flexible design approach, interoperable logical and physical modeling and simulation, cross-validation of network service impact over DWDM networks, and compelling virtual prototypes for equipment marketing.
Artis, San Jose, CA, NOMINEE NO. DES 2
Optical communications system
The OptiSystem 2.0 optical communications system is for the design, testing, and optimization of any type of optical link in the physical layer of a broad spectrum of optical networks, from analog video broadcasting systems to intercontinental backbones. A system-level simulator based on the realistic modeling of fiber communications systems, it has a simulation environment and a hierarchical definition of components and systems. Its capabilities can be extended with the addition of user components and seamless interfaces to a range of tools. OptiSystem 2.0 includes various enhancements, such as an expanded component library, and new path creation and path tracing tools.
Optiwave Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, NOMINEE NO. DES 3
Design, simulation tool
FullWAVE 2.0 design and simulation tool is for ongoing development of the most complex photonic technologies, including photonic bandgap structures. Using the Finite Difference Time Domain method to calculate a rigorous solution to Maxwell's equations, the product makes it possible to produce photonic-crystal designs that shrink the size of multicomponent, planar, photonic ICs from centimeters to microns. It can be integrated with and shares the graphical user interface of BeamPROP CAD and simulation program. Cluster computing capability has been recently added to FullWAVE, allowing for distributed processing requirements across a network and simulation of large structures.
RSoft Design Tools Inc., Ossining, NY, NOMINEE NO. DES 4