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10 May 2013

Oclaro introduces high-power 633nm single-mode red laser diode for biomedical, inspection and measurement markets

Optical components, modules and subsystems developer Oclaro Inc of San Jose, CA, USA has introduced its HL63163DG 633nm wavelength red laser diode, which provides 100mW single-transverse-mode optical output power for the biomedical, inspection and measurement market. HL63163DG is a compact alternative to existing helium-neon (He-Ne) gas lasers that exhibit lower energy efficiency, says the firm.

The focus in developing the HL63163DG was to enable system designers to increase measurement accuracy, stability and speed essential for biomedical and inspection applications, while reducing power consumption and footprint. These laser performance characteristics have traditionally been experienced only while using large He-Ne gas lasers.

HL63163DG offers power consumption of only 0.4W at 100mW operation in the 633nm wavelength band, and comes in a 5.6mm-diameter TO industry-standard package.

“We expect to see the HL63163DG laser cannibalize the He-Ne gas lasers market since we've been able to shrink the laser size and lower the power consumption without compromising the performance attributes needed for the biomedical and inspection markets,” says Takayuki Kanno, president, Oclaro Japan & general manager of the Modules and Devices business unit. “The industry has long been waiting on a semiconductor laser solution, and Oclaro was able to overcome the design challenges to offer a laser diode capable of delivering a high-power 633nm beam,” he adds.

Oclaro will showcase its portfolio of visible and near-infrared laser devices, and VCSEL products and technology at the LASER World of PHOTONICS conference (13-16 May) in Munich, Germany.

Oclaro customers will have access to working samples of the HL63163DG immediately, with volume production expected to begin in August.

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