Optical components

Infineon Unveils VCSEL

MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX), one of the world's leading providers of communications integrated circuits (ICs), announced today that it has achieved a breakthrough in 1300nm Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology. Up to now, 1300nm lasers were available only in edge-emitting laser technology. 1300nm VCSELs extend the potential range of fiber optic systems, providing inherent cost, reliability, and power advantages compared to edge-emitting laser technology.

"Our Corporate Research Center developed the new 1300nm VCSEL technology, which is a key component for new datacom systems using either multimode and single-mode fiber," said Thomas Seifert, Senior Vice President and COO of Infineon's Communication Group. "This new technology will enable our customers to deliver first-to-market, maximum performance optical interconnect and long-haul transmission solutions."

The new 1300nm lasers can be modulated up to 10 GHz, providing the output power required for fiber optic transmission systems operating at OC-192 data rates (10 Gigabits per second). Designers can reduce their overall system complexity and system costs as well as improve system performance. Through new capabilities of the 1300nm technology, tightly spaced laser arrays can optimize port densities.

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