MEMS Variable Optical Time Delay

0 to ms range with 8 bit resolution

The MEMS Series Photonic Time Delay digitally varies the delay time inside a fiber with exceptionally large range (maximum delay) and precision (bit). It selectively routes optical signals through N fiber loops whose lengths increase successively by a power of 2. Since each switching element allows the signal to either pass or bypass a fiber loop, a delay T may be inserted, which can take any value (in increments of DT) up to the maximum value T. This is achieved using a patent pending MEMS configuration and activated via an electrical control signal. Latching operation preserves the selected optical path after the drive signal has been removed. The device is designed to meet the most demanding switching requirements of ultra-high reliability, vibration insensitivity, and low power consumption. It is a completed module with built-in driver.

  • High Speed
  • High Reliability
  • Fail-Safe Latching
  • Low Insertion Loss
  • Low Power Consumption


  • Phase-Array Antennas
  • Instrumentation


MEMS Series Photonic Delay LineMinTypicalMaxUnit
Wavelength Band78015502000nm
 Insertion Loss[1]34.5dB
Cross Talk      4050dB
Switching Time(fall, rise)210ms
Delay Time Rangenms
Polarization Dependent Loss0.10.2dB
Polarization Mode Dispersion0.10.2ps
Return Loss505560dB
Operating Temperature-570oC
Optical Power Handling    400500mW
Storage Temperature-4085oC
Package Dimension[1]35L x 20W x 8.5Hmm


[1]. For 4 bits.

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