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Ultra-Mini Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) – The World’s Smallest

August 3, 2017

Photonwares, a vertically integrated manufacturer of premium fiber optic components, announces the availability of an ultra-mini-series of variable optical attenuators.

This family of variable optical attenuators (VOAs) features an ultra-small package size of 3.5mm in diameter only and 12mm in length. The economic advantage of having the smallest VOA footprint on the market is that these devices require less space on your PC board or inside of your modules. These VOAs are available with extremely small bend radii for use in very tight spaces. They are manufactured in the US with Photonwares’ patented thermally activated micro-mirror technology that uses a unique mechanism that moves linearly in and out of the optical path. This advanced design offers high stability and reliability without the charge-induced drift and moisture sensitivity associated with conventional electrostatic MEMS switches.

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Ultra-Mini Optical Switch – The World’s Smallest

March 10, 2017

Woburn, Mass. — Photonwares, a vertically integrated manufacturer of premium fiber optic components for industrial, commercial and defense applications, announces the immediate availability of the Ultra-Mini series of optical switches.

This unique family of fiber optic switches features an ultra-small footprint of 4.6mm x 6.6mm x 10mm — the smallest commercially available.

These market leading products are based on Photonwares’ patented thermally activated micro-mirror optical technology. This advanced design offers high stability and reliability without the charge-induced drift and moisture sensitivity associated with conventional electrostatic MEMS switches.

The Ultra-Mini Fiber Optic Switch unifies different switch configurations of 1×1, Dual 1×1, Quad 1×1, 1×2, Full 2×2, Dual 1×2, and Dual Full 2×2 for both Single-mode and Multimode fiber optic systems. These direct-mountable switches come in the same package size and require the same footprint on the PCB.

Photonwares provides customized designs to meet specialized feature applications along with integrating components into a fully function module or subsystem.

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High Speed 1×6 Reflection Optical Switch for Sensor Applications

Woburn, Mass. — Agiltron, a vertically integrated manufacturer of premium fiber optic components announces on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 the immediate commercial availability of a new family of high speed fiber optic 1×6 reflection switches.

These new fiber optic switches are designed to provide unique, yet key functions for sensor and LIDAR applications. The CL Series 1×6 Series of reflection switch directs the laser light accurately and repeatably into any one of the 6 selected fiber output ports and at the same time collects the reflected signal into a dedicated sensor port. This magneto-optic proprietary configuration minimizes optical signal loss by eliminating the need for an additional circulator or coupler. The switching is achieved using patented non-mechanical configuration technology and has a built-in circulator that can be activated by an electrical control signal. In Addition, it has a latching function that preserves the selected optical path after the drive signal has been removed.

Agiltron’s non-mechanical CL fiber optic switch features low insertion loss, fast response time, high extinction ratio, and extremely high reliability and repeatability. Each switch is designed to meet the most demanding switching requirements of continuous operation without degradation; provide exceptional mechanical longevity; can be implemented in systems that are in vibration/shock environments, as well as an environmental operating temperature range of +85 °C to -40 °C. An electronic driver is available for this series of switches.

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World’s Smallest Fiber Switch

Based on Si micro-machined switching core technology, Photonwares’ family of MEMS Fiber Optic Switches feature industry leading high reliability billion cycle performance, small form factor footprint, low cost, and excellent optical performance over a wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +85C.

The patent pending MEMSLatch™ switch is the world’s first optical MEMS that latches to the position after the electrical power is removed and requires no organic material in the light path.

The switching state is highly stable against environmental variations of temperature and vibration due to its unique design and incorporates a built-in driving circuit that is actuated by 5V electrical pulses.

This series of switches is designed to meet the most demanding Carrier-class and out-door optical switching applications.

We currently offer configurations in 1×1, 1×2, full 2×2 and 1xN configurations in both polarization independent and polarization maintaining versions.