Bandwidth9 Vaunts VCSEL Advance

Realizes high yields of 1550nm and 1600nm fixed wavelength VCSELs

December 11, 2001

2 Min Read

FREMONT, Calif. -- Bandwidth9, a leader in flexible, reliable, and cost-effective optical components and subsystems, today announced it has successfully manufactured fixed wavelength versions of its tunable vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) for metro and customer premises applications requiring optical transmission within the 1550nm and 1600nm frequency ranges. Designed to displace more expensive distributed-feedback (DFB) lasers for certain dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) applications, the company is currently sampling these devices to a select group of candidate partners for value-added distribution. Initial yields from its VCSEL-based devices are significantly higher than industry trends, providing substantially lower production costs than conventional DFBs. Bandwidth9 intends to produce single-mode VCSELs at costs similar to those of much less capable Fabry-Perot lasers, which are constrained to lower performance multi-mode transmission applications. With modulation rates up to 2.5 Gbps, Bandwidth9's VCSEL-based devices are ideal for short and intermediate range applications of 2 km to 20 km, where single-mode transmission is required, either on or off the ITU grid. The company also plans to increase the device's modulation capabilities to address emerging 10 GigE markets. Bandwidth9 intends to partner with fixed laser suppliers to support the expansive distribution requirements of the product in the future. "While our primary focus is on the continued development and deployment of our tunable laser products, the fact is that Bandwidth9 is the only company in the industry with a proven capability of producing fixed wavelength VCSELs in the 1550nm and 1600nm bands," said Jake Weise, Bandwidth9's vice president of marketing. "By partnering with major optical component suppliers, Bandwidth9 can capitalize on its strong initial fixed wavelength results without detracting from our mission to be the dominant supplier of tunable products for the metro market," adds Weise.Bandwidth9 Inc.

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like