6 March 2012

Emcore samples micro-ITLA tunable laser for coherent applications

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes components, subsystems and systems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets, has begun sampling customers for qualification of its new micro-integrable tunable laser assembly (ITLA), which it expects to be at full production in fall 2012.

The micro-ITLA is based on Emcore’s external-cavity laser (ECL) ITLA technology, which is claimed to be the most widely used tunable laser source for high-speed 40 and 100Gb/s coherent transmission systems due to its narrow linewidth, low noise and frequency accuracy. Additional standard features include a grid-agnostic channel plan, off-grid tuning, and in-operation power and frequency adjustment capability.

The micro-ITLA integrates proprietary cooled ECL technology in a miniaturized package that offers all the benefits of Emcore’s ITLA in a form-factor that is three times smaller with 25% less power consumption. It also comes with a standard ITLA RS-232 digital user interface, allowing technology-independent control. The smaller form-factor and reduced power consumption enable users to design higher densities and improved performance into their coherent system, says the firm.

“Leveraging Emcore’s field-proven ClearLight ECL technology in an ultra-small form-factor, the micro-ITLA represents a dramatic next step in tunable laser technology,” claims VP of business development Jaime Reloj. “By leveraging our in-house semiconductor design and manufacturing, we continue to provide our customers with highly differentiated tunable laser solutions for high-performance telecom applications.”

Emcore is exhibiting in the Corporate Village (suites 2555 & 2557) at the the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC 2012) in Los Angeles (6-8 March).

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