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22 September 2014

Emcore launches Dual micro-ITLA tunable laser for coherent optical networking

Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA, which makes components, subsystems and systems for the fiber-optic and solar power markets, has launched the Dual micro-ITLA (integrable tunable laser assembly) for the coherent market, which has begun customer sampling for qualification (with commercial availability expected in first-quarter 2015).

The dual micro-ITLA integrates Emcore’s proprietary cooled external-cavity laser (ECL) technology in a new smaller package that offers all the benefits of the micro-ITLA in a form-factor that requires 25% less space than two single micro-ITLAs combined, while delivering the same level of performance. Emcore claims that, due to its narrow linewidth, low noise and excellent frequency accuracy, its ECL ITLA technology has been the most widely used tunable laser source for high-speed 100 and 400Gbps coherent transmission systems. The smaller form-factor and reduced power consumption of the new Dual micro-ITLA enables users to design even higher densities into their coherent systems.

The new addition to Emcore’s tunable laser product family follows the ITLA and micro-ITLA, which have achieved dominant market positions for coherent optical networking applications, reckons Dr LC Chiu, executive VP & general manager of Emcore’s Fiber Optics Division. “Over 300,000 ITLAs and micro-ITLAs combined have been deployed in the field, carrying live traffic over the most advanced high-speed coherent networks in the world. The new Dual micro-ITLA continues our leadership in tunable laser technology for demanding high-performance telecom applications,” he adds.

“The Dual micro-ITLA leverages the advanced performance capabilities of the micro-ITLA and enables even higher integration levels, while continuing to provide our customers a highly differentiated tunable laser platform,” says Emcore’s VP of business development Jaime Reloj. “Emcore is the industry leader in tunable lasers for the coherent market,” he claims. “The new Dual micro-ITLA will extend that leadership in 100 and 400Gbps transmission systems, and to future networks needs as well.”

The Dual micro-ITLA is configurable for specific customer applications and comes with a standard ITLA RS-232 digital user interface for convenient technology-independent control. Additional standard features include a grid-agnostic channel plan, off-grid tuning, and in-operation power and frequency adjustment capability.

Emcore is exhibiting at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2014) show in Cannes, France (22-23 September).

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Emcore starts volume production of micro-ITLA tunable laser for 40/100/400G coherent applications

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