15 March 2017
II-VI Inc unveils 3-pin 980nm uncooled micro-pump laser module for emerging high-bit-rate transmission applications
Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA (which provides solutions for next-generation optical networks) has launched an uncooled 980nm pump laser module in a compact 3-pin micro-format package designed to meet the stringent reliability and power-efficiency requirements of ultra-compact amplification in current- and next-generation high-bit-rate transceivers.
“The demand for 100G and 200G coherent transceiver modules will grow in volume at a 21% CAGR from 2016 to 2021,” says Kevin Lefebvre, principal analyst for Optical Components at market research firm Ovum. “The market expansion for both coherent and PAM4 technologies will be assisted through smaller, more efficient and lower-power devices such as II-VI’s uncooled micro-pump laser module,” he adds.
The MLU96Z-series measures only 141mm3 in volume and features an 80μm small-bend-radius polarization-maintaining fiber pigtail to enable optical amplification within small transceiver packages. The MLU96Z-series consumes less than 0.5W of power at the typical use conditions and up to 80°C maximum operating temperature, addressing the critical power consumption requirements of pluggable transceivers.
“The emergence and rapid growth of high-bit-rate transceivers in pluggable form factors like CFP2, CFP4 and OSFP are driving the need for compact amplification,” says Dr Sanjai Parthasarathi, VP, product marketing & strategy, Optical Communications Group. “Compared to our highly successful 8-pin uncooled mini-DIL pump laser, our new 3-pin micro-pump is 75% smaller and achieves a new breakthrough in 980nm pump miniaturization.”
The MLU96Z-series is built on II-VI’s field proven OC-2 fiber alignment platform for over 2 million modules shipped to date. It also relies on the firm’s market-proven G08 laser chip platform to ensure superior wavelength locking performance, reliability and stability. The MLU96Z-series, together with II-VI’s portfolio of ultra-compact hybrid passives based on the firm’s micro-optics technology platform, enable low-noise and high-power optical amplification within transceiver form factors previously unachievable. Prototype samples are available now and are expected to be fully qualified in second-quarter 2017.
In booth #2101 at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition (OFC 2017) in Los Angeles (21-23 March), II-VI is showcasing new products that are driven by advances in materials and technology platforms. The product showcase will include novel embedded monitoring solutions for transport networks, highly compact optical amplifier solutions tailored to enable high-bit-rate DWDM transceivers, as well as key devices and sub-assemblies for data-center transceivers.