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Intelligent Photonics Control introduces an advanced digital controller for single-pump Optical Amplifier Gain Blocks

September 2, 2003

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OTTAWA -- Intelligent Photonics Control Corp. (Photonics Control), the world leader in providing system-on-a-chip controllers for optical devices, announced Monday the availability of its OAc-3000 chip – an advanced digital controller for single-pump Optical Amplifier Gain Blocks (Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers, Erbium Doped Waveguide Amplifiers and Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers).

“In today's marketplace, carriers are looking for solutions that reduce both their CAPEX and their OPEX costs,” said Photonics Control CEO Richard Timmons. “Our chip, with its small footprint, low power consumption, and remote management capabilities offers significant cost savings and represents a dramatic step forward in providing the sophisticated controls needed for making low-cost, high-performance optical networks a practical reality.

” We have nine paying customers who have already integrated pre-production samples of the controller into their products which they are now demonstrating to their customers. We also have eighteen amplifiers from different manufacturers, including all of the Tier One players, working in our lab with our controller chips. The number of new customers we have engaged with in the past year clearly shows that we are meeting their key requirements for optical control, and are offering compelling value in terms of price, features, and footprint" Timmons added.

The OAc-3000’s features include:

  • small footprint (33 mm x 33 mm);

  • low power consumption;

  • tight optical performance control;

  • ultra fast transient detection and suppression;

  • rapid and complete device characterization and testing;

  • dynamic monitoring and optimization of all performance criteria;

  • direct integration into customer’s photonic control plane;

  • fully configurable alarm set-up with alarm recording;

  • hot firmware downloads managed while maintaining full control;

  • I2C, RS-232 and SPI interface support.



Customers can realize a number of key benefits including:

  • reduced manufacturing, component testing, and system integration time by up to 70%;

  • lower R&D costs (~$1M per design);

  • improved time-to-market for development of new products by up to six months;

  • ability to quickly and economically respond to customer requests for intelligent optical components;

  • reduced product cost by using a standard control platform.



The controller is used for a number of different applications including: Telecommunications Carrier SONET/SDH Systems; DWDM; RF Link Optical Extension; and Cable TV and Broadcast Systems.

Photonics Control will be demonstrating its newest technology at NFOEC 2003 in Orlando, September 7-11, and will have representatives at the ECOC 2003 Conference in Italy, September 22-24. Contact Brenda Porteous at (613) 599-8821 x. 130, or [email protected] to set up an appointment.

Intelligent Photonics Control Corp.

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