OpLink Intros Optical Switch

A 1x2 fiber-optic mechanical switch

November 1, 2000

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Oplink Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPLK), designer and manufacturer of innovative optical components and integrated optical modules announced the introduction of its new 1X2 fiber-optic mechanical switch. The patented mechanical switch boasts industry-leading performance specifications. It features less than 0.35 dB typical insertion loss, less than 0.50 dB maximum insertion loss, and the smallest size of any device of its kind available today. Designed for use in configurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers, Optical Cross-Connect systems and optical system performance monitoring and fault protection applications, its compact size (40 x 15.5 x 9.5 mm) allows the switch to be easily integrated into high-density optical systems.

The switch connects optical channels by redirecting an optical signal into a selected output fiber. Oplink's switch is optically passive; therefore it is transparent both to signaling format and bandwidth. In addition, internal latching mechanisms preserve the optical path even after power loss. The 1X2 switch is extremely stable and reliable across the entire optical wavelength (1310, 1550 dual band or C+L band) and temperature range (minus 20 to 75 degrees C). Oplink is currently providing design and qualification assessment components to the optical industry. Volume production is scheduled for November 2000. The switch is expected to cost in the range of $400 to $500 per unit.


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