Novalux Launches Long-Haul VCSELs

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Novalux Inc., a fiber optics laser component company, today launched the first high-power surface-emitting lasers for long-haul optical networks. This is a significant breakthrough that marks a 100-fold increase in power over other surface-emitting lasers, making it the most powerful laser of its kind. With Novalux’s revolutionary, patent-pending NECSEL (Novalux Extended Cavity Surface Emitting Laser) technology, communications companies can now come closer to meeting the increasing demand for bandwidth using fewer, simpler components at lower cost.

Being introduced today are two 980nm pumps for pumping EDFAs (Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers) in optical networks. The first pump is a single-mode EDFA pump laser module, available in 200mw and 360mw powers; and the second is a multi-mode pump laser module in the 750mw power range for the emerging dual-clad fiber market. Novalux plans to ship samples of these products to select customers within the month.

“Novalux’s pump lasers, based on the NECSEL technology, are truly unique in their power, simplicity and design,” said Stephen Montgomery of ElectroniCast. “The long-haul fiber optics components market, which is expected to hit $30 billion by 2005, is sure to benefit from this new source of supply.”

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