MEMS Matrix N×M Fiber Optical Switches

Reliable, Latching, Low Cost, Compact

The Photonwares MEMS N x M optical fiber switch uses an advanced 2D configuration in which each mirror only moves within two positions: in or out of the light path, as shown in Figure 1. Our unique digital mirror technology advantageously eliminates the need for software position calibrations associated with conventional analog MEMS, that have long term drift issues.  Our switches feature intrinsic temperature insensitivity, latching to the positions against vibrations, direct driving, and low cost.  The passive switches establish optical signal paths in milliseconds supporting all date rates, ideally suited to manage and monitor large optical networks intelligently and remotely.