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16 April 2009


Opnext launches miniature red laser for pointing systems

At this week’s SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing event in Orlando, FL, USA, optical component, module and subsystem maker Opnext Inc of Fremont, CA, USA is launching the new 5mW, 639nm visible red SBA635CEL0510 miniature laser module for pointing systems, suitable for industrial, defense and security applications.

The miniature laser module represents a new platform to integrate Opnext’s 3.8mm TO-38 laser diodes into a small form factor for incorporation into compact pointing systems.

The 3.8mm diameter by 11mm length of the miniature laser module delivers clean elliptical beams less than 10mm in diameter at a target distance of 10m with high bore sight accuracy, says the firm. Opnext uses a stainless-steel housing to ensure strength and employs unique telecom-qualified manufacturing processes to assemble the module. The rugged device is hence capable of sustaining a shock of more than 1500 times gravity. Also, due to a low threshold current, the miniature laser module allows applications that demand long battery lifetime.

“Our new miniature laser module allows our defense and security customers to implement light-weight, battery-efficient, compact aiming devices that can be deployed in tough environments,” says Bob Murphy, director of business development North American Sales.

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