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NeoPhotonics Doubles Capacity For Tuneable Laser Manufacturing

The firm is responding to increased demand for its narrow linewidth tuneable lasers for coherent DWDM systems used in high speed 40 and 100 Gbps coherent systems.

NeoPhotonics Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications networks,  is in the process of doubling capacity for production of narrow linewidth tuneable lasers.

NeoPhotonics offers these lasers in an OIF MSA standard ITLA form factor and the products are designed to provide the low noise and narrow linewidths required for 40 and 100 Gbps coherent applications.

The NeoPhotonics products are compact, widely-tuneable laser assemblies designed to be optimised for narrow linewidth with up to 35mW launch power in the C band and 20mW in the L band. The products’ narrow linewidth and frequency stability are enabled by a NeoPhotonics phase-shifted DFB laser chip and a proprietary packaging technology, while the ITLA assembly also includes an integrated wavelength locker as well as industry standard electrical and firmware interfaces. The narrow linewidth tuneable laser has been available to customers since April 2010 and has become one of the leading lasers used in coherent systems.

“Our narrow linewidth tunable lasers are key components for coherent transport in telecommunications systems, which we believe is rapidly emerging as a dominate architecture for 40 and 100 Gbps networks," said Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics. “We believe there is currently a shortage of these critical products while demand continues to grow. We are in the process of more than doubling our production capacity of narrow linewidth tuneable lasers with minimal expected additional capital expenditures. We anticipate our added capacity to be on-line in the first quarter of 2012." 
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