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VI Systems Demonstrates Progress on VCSEL technology at ECOC 2010

The firm expects its development efforts on ultrahigh-speed optical and electrical components are expected to lead to new standards in optical communication systems in the next two years.

 VI Systems, a manufacturer of ultra-high speed optical components for data communications presented an update of its 25 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology and packaging results during the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) conference in Italy.

Chief Technology Officer of VI Systems, James Lott, presented the performance characteristics of state-of-the-art high-speed VCSELs operating with extreme temperature stability throughout the linear output power versus current region. The firm demonstrated that high-speed VCSELs are ready for product insertion in short-range optical communication systems.

VI Systems developed the VCSEL products at a wavelength of 850 nm along with a range of extremely fast integrated circuits based on the SiGe BiCMOS (silicon-germanium bipolar junction transistors in complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) technology.

The company uses a patent pending micro-assembly platform for the integration of the opto-electrical components and for alignment to a standard high performance multi-mode glass-based fiber. The low cost design enables the massive deployment of such optical interconnects for high bandwidth data communication.   

The targeted applications include short-reach and very short-reach optical receivers, transmitters, and transceiver modules used in optical communication networks as well chip-to-chip optical interconnects used in the high performance computing industry.

Future serial standards for data rates of higher than 14 Gbit/s are currently developed or on the roadmap within the Common Electrical Standard (CEI-25/28 Gbit/s), Fibre Channel 16 Gbit/s and 32 Gbit/s, and IEEE Ethernet 40/100 Gbit/s, Infiniband EDR (26 Gbit/s per lane), Intel Light Peak up to 100 Gbit/s as well as in a number of custom specific applications.

VI Systems is a fabless developer and manufacturing company of optoelectronic components for communication, industrial, and consumer applications based in Berlin, Germany.  Originally spun-out of the Technical University of Berlin and the A. F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, VI-Systems offers laser and photodetector semiconductor chips and modules for applications in optical data communications and related consumer markets. 
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