Irvine, CA, January 30, 2003. Newport has installed a Laser Soldering System at the Oregon facility of Flextronics Photonics. Newport is the exclusive provider for all fiber optic alignment and attachment systems for Flextronics Photonics on a global basis.
Developed from proven fiber-coupling and solder attachment processes recently acquired from Flextronics, Newport has engineered a standardized platform for automating key fiber-optics packaging processes that have been Telcordia- qualified for numerous applications.
Device manufacturers have been interested in this technology for many years because of the lower material costs and smaller form factors associated with soldering versus welding. However, until now no commercially available standardized solution has been available.
Additionally, Newport s automated Laser Soldering System offers outstanding advantages over equivalent laser-welding technologies, including lower system cost, faster fiber attachment cycle time, higher yields and thus lower overall component manufacturing cost. When used in conjunction with Newport-provided package design and process development services, this critical assembly process can be performed with greater-than 95% yield.
In making the announcement, Kevin Crofton, Vice President and General Manager of Newport's Advanced Packaging and Automation Systems Division (APAS), said, "Newport continues to expand its leadership position in the advanced packaging equipment marketplace with the commercialization of this dynamic technology, which drives commercial fiber optic component manufacturing a generation ahead. This installation is also testimony to our ability to rapidly develop and deploy new process technologies in our standardized platforms."
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Laser Focus World