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II-VI Introduces 25 Gb/s Detector Chip Arrays

Now ramping up production of VCSEL and detector pairs for active optical cables in datacentres

II-VI Incorporated, a provider of solutions for optical networks, has announced the general availability of its 25 Gb/s detector chip arrays for active optical cables and transceivers deployed in datacentres.

The mainstream adoption of social media and cloud computing is fueling the growth of short-reach optical connectivity in datacentres. II-VI's 25 Gb/s detector chips enable 100 Gb/s short-reach transmission in active optical cables and transceivers. The high speed detectors feature large 40µm diameter apertures that greatly facilitate arrayed-receiver assembly manufacturing

"In this fast-growing market for intra-datacentre interconnects, customers rely on few merchant suppliers of optoelectronics with large scale manufacturing capabilities and a proven track record of reliability," said Karlheinz Gulden, general manager, II-VI Laser Enterprise.

"We improved our ability to quickly respond to our customers with several new state-of-the-art MOCVD reactors that we recently brought online to increase the manufacturing capacity at our facilities in Zurich, where we already have a long history of producing highly reliable pump lasers for terrestrial and submarine applications."

II-VI is now ramping up production of VCSEL and detector pairs. These chips are available in single-channel form or in 4-, 10- or 12-channel arrays. They are designed to operate at data rates of 10, 14 or 25 Gb/s to support Ethernet and Fibre Channel standards in datacentres and storage area networks.

II-VI at OFC 2017, Mar. 21-23, 2017

II-VI will showcase new products at OFC 2017 that are driven by advances in our materials and technology platforms. The product showcase will include novel embedded monitoring solutions for transport networks, highly compact optical amplifier solutions tailored to enable high bit-rate DWDM transceivers, as well as key devices and sub-assemblies for datacentre transceivers.

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