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II-VI Unveils 3-pin 980nm Uncooled Micro-Pump Laser

New module targets requirements of ultra-compact amplification in current and next generation high bit-rate transceivers


II-VI  has announced the introduction of its uncooled 980 nm pump laser module in a compact 3-pin micro-format package. The device is designed to meet the stringent reliability and power-efficiency requirements of ultra-compact amplification in current and next generation high bit-rate transceivers. 

 "The demand for 100G and 200G coherent transceiver modules will grow in volume at a 21 percent CAGR from 2016 to 2021," said Kevin Lefebvre, principal analyst for Optical Components, Ovum. "The market expansion for both coherent and PAM4 technologies will be assisted through smaller, more efficient and lower power devices such as II-VI's uncooled micro-pump laser module."  

II-VI's MLU96Z-series measures only 141 cubic millimeters in volume and features an 80 micron small-bend radius polarisation-maintaining fiber pigtail to enable optical amplification within small transceiver packages. The MLU96Z-series consumes less than 0.5 W of power at the typical use conditions and up to 80degC maximum operating temperature, addressing the power consumption requirements of pluggable transceivers.

"The emergence and rapid growth of high bit rate transceivers in pluggable form factors like CFP2, CFP4 and OSFP are driving the need for compact amplification," said Sanjai Parthasarathi, VP, product marketing and strategy, Optical Communications Group. "Compared to our highly successful 8-pin uncooled mini-DIL pump laser, our new 3-pin micro-pump is 75 percent smaller and achieves a new breakthrough in 980 nm pump miniaturisation."

The MLU96Z-series is built on II-VI's OC-2 fibre alignment platform for over two million modules shipped to date. It also relies on II-VI's G08 laser chip platform to ensure wavelength locking performance, reliability and stability.

The MLU96Z-series, together with II-VI's portfolio of compact hybrid passives based on II-VI's micro-optics technology platform, enable low-noise and high-power optical amplification within transceiver form-factors previously unachievable, according to the company.

 Prototype samples of the MLU96Z-series are available now and are expected to be fully qualified in CYQ2 2017.

II-VI will showcase new products at OFC 2017 Mar. 21-23, 2017.  These 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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