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Firecomms III-V / silicon optical transceivers in full production

The firm's new RedLink transceivers incorporate InGaP/InGaAlP/GaAs technology. They are suited to industrial applications and are compatible with versatile link connectors
Firecomms is in full production and is shipping its new RedLink line fibre optic transmitters and receivers for the industrial command, control and communications markets.

Specifically designed to be compatible with Versatile Link connectors from Avago Technologies, the RedLink family of products includes transmitters and receivers which operate from DC-1 Mb, DC-5 Mb, DC-10 Mb and DC-50 Mb.

Firecomms' optical transceivers combine compound and silicon semiconductor technology with inventive small-scale integration.

The Redlink transmitter uses a large-current aperture (150 μm diameter) red (650 nm) eye-safe RCLED (Resonant Cavity LED) based on InGaP/InGaAlP/GaAs technology. It operates over a wide range of drive current that can be adjusted using a serial resistor to minimise current consumption for a given link distance.

FireComm Redlink transceiver (III-V transmitter in grey housing with silicon receiver in blue housing)

The receiver uses a monolithic IC with fully integrated dual photo-diodes which act as a differential light sensor, giving enhanced immunity to EMI/EMC from the local environment making the unit ideal for use in electrically noisy applications. It has a single data output compatible with TTL/CMOS electronics.

Firecomms puts its RedLink devices through thousands of hours of testing to guarantee extended lifetimes at high temperatures.

Due to the company’s unique RCLED technology, which keeps the transmitters burning brightly after several decades, and the monolithic architecture of Firecomms fully integrated receivers, customers can design with confidence in the toughest of applications.

“Our customers’ products operate in the harshest of environments and are regularly exposed to extremes of temperature, climate and electromagnetic interference,” says Hsin Chia, Firecomms CEO. “Not only must our devices operate within these harsh environments, they must operate effectively for many, many years. We are delighted to hit this milestone which is a reflection of the thousands of hours our team has invested in meeting our customers’ launch plans.”

“Our new RedLink devices have been ordered by some of the world’s largest industrial conglomerates for use in applications such as electric trains, high voltage grid stations, wind and solar energy converters, mining, oil and gas exploration and motor drives,” says Hugh Hennessy, Firecomms VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “We are pleased with the positive response we received to bring a reliable source to market and plan to build on these successful deployments with continued innovation and expansion of our RedLink portfolio.”

Firecomms utilises in-house photonics, and transmitter and receiver chips together with a world class internal production facility to guarantee the quality of its supply chain. Its vertical integration around the core technologies used in fibre optic transceivers enables Firecomms to respond flexibly to customer demands while maintaining tight control of major cost drivers.

In addition to the RedLink family of products, Firecomms produces a range of integrated 100 Mbps to 500 Mbps transceivers in its innovative OptoLock and compact LC connector systems for higher speed communications links in the medical, industrial and consumer home networking markets.

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