Nanovation to Demo Switch

Illustrates integration of waveguide and MEMS technology in silica-on-silicon

July 6, 2001

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Nanovation Technologies, a world-class innovator of photonic integrated circuits, will unveil the first live demonstration of a photonic integrated circuit including its Nanoshutter(TM) switch at the 17th annual National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, July 8-12, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.

The working demonstration shows how Nanovation is making integrated optical components smaller, more efficient and more reliable with hybrid silica-on-silicon/MEMS technology. The demonstration includes a fully functional Nanoshutter switch integrated on a single chip with monitoring taps and packaged with electronic timing and controls.

The demo will run continuously during Exhibit Hall hours. Nanovation is located in Booth No. 1418.

About the Nanoshutter Switch

The integrated Nanoshutter switch is characterized by its low insertion loss, flat wavelength response, high isolation between switched ports, ruggedness and high reliability. It is ideally suited for long haul, metropolitan and local area fiber optic network applications including WDM, DWDM, OADM, protection systems and test equipment. By combining silica waveguide technology with deep trenching, optical silica-based elements can be integrated with MEMS devices, photodetectors and other active optical components.

The Nanoblock technology used in the Nanoshutter switch is scalable, enabling higher levels of sub-system integration. The Nanoblock concept is Nanovation's underlying approach to developing photonic integrated circuits. Using Nanoblock technology, Nanovation develops standard-design element, including switches, VOAs, photodetectors and passive components such as splitters, taps, filters and AWG waveguides. Custom components can be fabricated by combining multiple optical functions with switches to form a fully integrated system. The result is an application specific, integrated circuit with better performance, increased density and lower cost to mass reproduce than discrete hand-built modules.

Nanovation Technologies Inc.

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