NeoPhotonics announces general availability of two new ultra-compact MEMS based variable optical attenuators

September 21, 2009

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VIENNA -- NeoPhotonics today announced here, at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC), the general availability of the FVOA8000 and FVOA8100 Variable Optical Attenuators (VOAs). VOAs improve the performance of high-capacity (10 to 100 Gbps) multiple wavelength systems (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing - DWDM) used in metro and long-haul network services by maintaining the optical power in each channel at optimal levels.

These devices, the latest in NeoPhotonics’ line of MEMS based VOAs, are ultra compact devices that easily drop into any optical network application. All devices in the FVOA8000 family exhibit high speed operation, high dynamic range, high attenuation accuracy, low excess loss, low Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL) and high off-state extinction.

The FVOA8000 is designed to operate for a single DWDM channel or a single wavelength at a time. The FVOA8100 exhibits all of the high performance of the FVOA8000 coupled with very low Wavelength Dependent Loss (WDL) across the entire C-band or L-band, making it ideal for applications where multiple DWDM channels must be attenuated simultaneously. The FVOA8100 exhibits the speed, low WDL, low PDL and high attenuation accuracy that make it ideal for use in optical amplifiers.

“We are pleased to offer our customers these new products that build on our extensive line of MEMS VOA products to provide enhanced performance in a more economical, compact package,” said Ben Sitler, Vice President of Sales at NeoPhotonics. “To date we have shipped over 300,000 MEMS based VOAs into the market and are excited about the prospects for the FVOA8000 family.”

NeoPhotonics Corp. (NYSE: NPTN)

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