MEMS Matrix Fiber Optical Switch - (12x12)

(Non-Blocking, Bidirectional)
  • Low Cost
  • High Reliability
  • Low Insertion Loss
  • Broad Band
  • Compact Design
  • Low Voltage

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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 the enclosed Figure. 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 very low latency, 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.


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MEMS 12×12 Switch Min Typical Max Unit
Operation Wavelength 1260-1650 nm
Insertion Loss[1] 0.5 1.0 1.2 dB
Cross Talk 50 dB
Switch Speed (Rise, Fall) 20 ms
Durability   108 cycle
Polarization Dependent Loss 0.04 0.2 dB
Wavelength Dependence Loss[2] 0.1 0.3 dB
Return Loss 45 dB
Repeatability   0.3 0.5 dB
Operating Temperature [3] -5 65 oC
Optical Power Handling [4]      300 500 mW
Storage Temperature -40 85 oC
Power Consumption 80 W
Switch type Non-Latching/Latching
Package Dimension 1RU

[1]. Measured without connectors

[2]. Within 50nm bandwidth

[3]. -25 oC~75oC version is also available.

[4]. High power version available