II-VII, a leading provider of amplification solutions for next-generation
optical networks, today announced that it will be exhibiting
at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2014) in
Booth #503, on September 22-24, 2014 in Cannes, France, where it will
showcase an advanced and compact optical amplifier array product
platform that is now generally available following successful
qualification and customer verification.
Arrayed amplifiers are critical to emerging optical network
architectures including Colorless, Directionless and Contentionless
(CDC) networks. They overcome signal losses in the optical switching
equipment. Accordingly, compact, high-density solutions with reduced
power consumption are essential requirements for these applications,
where optical amplifiers are employed at each add and drop port of
optical transmission systems.
"These requirements drive the need for creative packaging technologies
and differentiated optical components. Our unique dual-chip pump laser
technology and advanced hybrid passives are key enablers of these
highly compact arrayed amplifiers," said Dr. Richard Smart, Chief
Scientist and General Manager of the II-VI Network Solutions Division.
"II-VI is in a unique position to address this new market opportunity.
We have unmatched levels of vertical integration in our amplifiers-
from materials to sub-components to key enabling components, all from
within the II-VI product portfolio, demonstrating the value of being a
highly vertically integrated manufacturer," he added.
Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Director of Product Line Management, outlined
the basic II-VI arrayed amplifier value proposition. "Widespread
deployment of CDC networks will require compact, cost-efficient
amplifier solutions. Our arrayed amplifier platform seeks to enable the
acceleration of such deployments. Our unique dual-chip 980 nm pump
lasers provide the performance and individual control of discrete
lasers, within a package footprint approaching 25% of alternative
solutions. Our advanced hybrid passives perform multiple optical
functions in a single optical component. This minimizes optical fiber
management and splicing as well as reduces signal attenuation."