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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.