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March 16, 2011

NeoPhotonics Photonic Integrated Circuit Products Exceed 3 Billion Operating Hours Successfully

A leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications networks, NeoPhotonics Corporation, has announced that its PIC products exceeded 3 billion hours of operation without a reported field failure.

In a press release, Tim Jenks, CEO and chairman of NeoPhotonics (News - Alert), said, “For NeoPhotonics, reliability has been one of the most important characteristics of our products and our design for reliability starts with the beginning of product development. With the accelerating deployment of 100Gbps data transmission, a single 40 channel AWG deployed several years ago may soon be carrying a few trillion bits of information every second. At those data transmission volumes, a single point of failure in a network could disrupt tens of millions of individual phone calls and other data flows, and our customers look to NeoPhotonics to provide the reliability necessary to minimize the risks of these types of field failures.”

Since 2003, NeoPhotonics has shipped more than 240,000 PIC modules for deployment in telecommunications networks around the world, including thermally stabilized AWGs, Athermal AWGs, Coherent Mixers for 40 and 100Gbps coherent systems and splitters for FTTH PON networks.

Dr. Wupen Yuen, vice president of research and development of NeoPhotonics, said, “NeoPhotonics designs is products for reliability by subjecting design elements to Highly Accelerated Stress Testing, or HAST, carrying out Telcordia (News - Alert) qualification testing its products, and conducting Ongoing Reliability Testing, or ORT, on production samples during the product’s life cycle. Because our PIC products integrate many functions into a single optical chip, thereby eliminating many interconnection and packaging elements, we believe we are able to achieve much higher product reliability than is possible with comparable products made of non-PIC discrete components.”

In related news, NeoPhotonics has released new PIC-based Integrated Coherent Receiver (ICR) for 40 and 100 Gbps DWDM transmission systems that incorporates an integrated polarizing beam splitter (PBS). The company has brought in these new ICR series to eliminate the need for system designers to place a PBS externally, decreasing circuit board footprint requirements. The product supports the OIF (News - Alert) Implementation Agreement for Integrated Dual Polarization Intradyne Coherent Receivers.

Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell


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