Bookham unveils 980-nm pump laser module with 750-mW output

March 26, 2007
MARCH 26, 2007 -- The new module, which will be displayed at the Bookham stand (#2125), is the latest in the Bookham LC96 pump module portfolio and forms a key component of next-generation EDFAs.

MARCH 26, 2007 -- At OFC/NFOEC 2007, components, modules, and subsystems provider Bookham Inc. (search for Bookham) today announced the launch of what the company believes to be the world's most powerful 980-nm pump laser module. The module delivers a "kink-free" power output of 750 mW. According to the company, this increased output power will enable "significant cost reductions" in terrestrial legacy systems by reducing the number of pumps required.

The new module, which will be displayed at the Bookham stand (#2125), is the latest in the Bookham LC96 pump module portfolio and forms a key component of next-generation erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), the company says. Similar pump technology from Bookham is being deployed in next-generation submarine applications, which require high power and extremely high reliability.

According to Mark Ives, PLM director at Bookham, "With over 400,000 units shipped, 16 billion device hours, and a failure-in-time rate of 19 FIT, customers have confidence in our pump laser technology."

Bookham will display a range of products at OFC/NFOEC 2007, including its tunable, pluggable, and pump portfolios. The company is participating in today's OSA Executive Forum and will present a paper entitled "Zero Chirp 10Gb/s MQW InP Mach Zehnder Transmitter with Full-band Tunability" on Wednesday, March 28.


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