21 January 2020
II-VI launches high-speed datacom VCSELs on 150mm GaAs for optical HDMI cables in consumer electronics
Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA has introduced high-speed vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) on its vertically integrated 150mm gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology platform to serve the growing demand for optical high-definition multimedia interface (optical HDMI) cables in consumer electronics.
The growing trend in television and computer displays toward higher resolution, larger size and thinner profiles is driving the demand for high-speed data cables that connect screens to remotely located driver electronics, notes the firm. II-VI’s high-speed VCSELs developed for data-center transceivers are now available on its scalable 150mm GaAs platform to meet the expected high-volume demand for optical HDMI cables.
“To our knowledge, II-VI is the first to produce datacom VCSELs on a vertically integrated 150mm GaAs technology platform developed in-house,” says Dr Karlheinz Gulden, vice president, Laser Devices and Systems business unit. “Our ability to leverage the economies of scale of our existing 150mm GaAs technology platform for 3D sensing enables us to be very competitive in the VCSEL market for optical HDMI cables,” he adds. “We expect to continue over time to leverage our 150mm platform in more applications, including eventually in markets that we already serve with GaAs semiconductor lasers.”
II-VI’s broad portfolio of components for high-speed transceivers includes directly modulated lasers (DMLs), externally modulated lasers (EMLs), high-speed detectors, micro-optics, and driver electronics.
II-VI is showcasing its portfolio of optoelectronic devices, micro-optics and module assemblies for consumer electronics in booth #1427 at SPIE Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco (4–6 February).