MEMS Fiber Optical Switches

Ultra-high Reliability, Latching, Low Cost, Compact

  • Low Loss  (~0.6dB)
  • Bidirectional
  • Polarization Insensitive
  • Ultra-High Reliability 1013
  • No Drift Issues
  • Latching Option
  • Low Cost
  • Vacuum Operation Compatible
  • Wide Operation Temperature (-40Coto 85Co)
  • Competitive Price
  • Turn-Key Modules and Unsurpassed Customer Solutions
Our MEMS switches are based on a highly reliable thermal actuation that eliminates the risk of electrostatic stiction or electric discharge shorting. Unlike conventional MEMS, our MEMS does not need a hermetical seal, further reducing the reliability risk. The switches have passed well over 10⁹ cycles of switching tests. Our MEMS switches use an advantageous 2D configuration in which each mirror moves between two positions: in or out of the light path, as shown in the enclosed Figure. This unique digital mirror technology offers fault-safe latching function as well as eliminates the need for software position calibrations associated with conventional analog rotating MEMS, that have long-term drift issues. The switches feature temperature insensitivity, latching to the positions against vibrations, direct driving, and low cost. The versatile platform accommodates various fibers of SM, PM, and MM, as well as free space integrations. The passive switches support all date rates, ideally suited to manage optical networks intelligently and remotely with extremely low latency.