6 March 2003 -- Tunable laser maker Princeton Optronics Inc says that it is partnering in the multi-source agreement (MSA) announced a few months ago by Agility, Alcatel Optronics and Bookham Technology to provide equipment manufacturers with standardised tunable laser modules.
The MSA defines a small-form-factor plug-in module consisting of a tunable continuous wave (CW) laser and embedded electronics that provide automatic wavelength acquisition and locking. Supporting both C and L bands, these standardised products are dedicated to core DWDM applications. Each companies will separately develop and market fully compatible tunable sources, providing greater security of supply while lowering overall cost of ownership.
"Responding to our customers' call for standardisation, we entered into this particular MSA because of its wide market acceptance, well established specifications and its open membership policy," says Timothy Hays, vice president of marketing. "As a result of this agreement, equipment manufacturers will realise the benefits of reduced supply line risk and greater operational flexibility."
Princeton Optronics products complying with the MSA include 10 and 20mW CW tunable lasers, covering both C- and L-band applications, with 25 and 50GHz wavelength spacing. They have a footprint with maximum dimensions of 76.2x50.8x12.7mm and a dense 40-pin connector for electrical interface. The standardised tunable sources support SPI, I2C TM and RS-232 remote control buses using the same protocol.