OFC: NeoPhotonics announces availability of ultra-compact MEMS-based VOA

Created February 27, 2019
Technologies and Products

NeoPhotonics has announced the general availability of its new ultra-compact FVOA-9000 MEMs-based Variable Optical Attenuator. The FVOA-9000 extends the high performance and high reliability record from NeoPhotonics FVOA-5000/8000 product line which has been in volume production for more than a decade. This new FVOA-9000 again improves key performance measures while achieving a significant size reduction of nearly 70% in the global component footprint.

The company says its FVOA-9000 now achieves response times of less than 2 milliseconds along with lower wavelength dependent loss, making it suitable for transient suppression in EDFA optical amplifiers.  In addition to a reduction in the size of the TO can hermetic package, the FVOA-9000 does not require an external ESD protection board, further decreasing its overall use footprint in system design.  Its compact size is a significant advantage when used in next generation applications where size is a critical factor, such as Mini-EDFAs, compact pluggable coherent modules and compact line cards and transponders.

“We are very excited to see very strong customer adoption of this new compact FVOA-9000 and enhancing our long running line of MEMS VOAs, continuing our commitment to optical components for system control,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “This exciting innovation expands our existing line of passive multiplexers, demultiplexers and power monitors to support next generation systems for telecom, data centre interconnects and 5G wireless,” continued Mr. Jenks.

NeoPhotonics will exhibit its MEMs-based VOAs along with its suite of coherent components for 600G and 1T as well as switches and passive products at OFC San Diego in Booth 2923, March 5th to 7th, along with its family of products for high speed applications.

For additional information visit www.neophotonics.com.



This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.