iolon Delivers High Power, Widely Tunable L-Band Laser

Feb. 20, 2002
iolon, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of tunable optical devices, announced that shipments of Apollo-L, a high power, widely tunable L-band external cavity laser, began to Innovance Networks last July under a long term, multi-million dollar contract

iolon, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of tunable optical devices, announced that shipments of Apollo-L, a high power, widely tunable L-band external cavity laser, began to Innovance Networks last July under a long term, multi-million dollar contract.

iolon's ability to deliver both high power C-band and L-band widely tunable lasers provides a significant increase in spectral coverage allowing an increase in channel count and network capacity. In addition, the full-band tunability of iolon's lasers facilitates real-time provisioning, enabling intelligent, dynamic, flexible, and cost-effective network architectures.

"Tunable lasers eliminate the complexity associated with wavelength management in today's networks and are an essential ingredient in allowing service providers to move beyond static point-to-point WDM systems towards agile, transparent networks," said Peter Allen, President and CEO of Innovance Networks. "Tunability enables dynamic, build-to-order, core networks offering faster service turn-up, increased capital efficiency, and significantly lower operating costs. iolon's world leading, full-band tunable lasers make them a key partner in delivering Innovance Networks' next-generation architecture," said Allen.

"iolon's contract with Innovance Networks provides real-world validation that iolon's tunable lasers, now in the final stages of Telcordia qualification, are network ready," said John Clark, President, CEO and Chairman of iolon, Inc. "With the advent of Innovance's dynamic, optically transparent architecture, we are seeing the realization of next-generation, intelligent, all-optical networks."

"The fact that iolon was able to bring to market and ship its 20mW, 100-channel L-band product in quantity has clearly established iolon as the market leader in tunable lasers, offering new design opportunities for network designers," said Jim Jungjohann, Industry Analyst at CIBC World Markets.

"By designing the Apollo-L using our established platform technology, we gained a substantial advantage in reliability and quality," said Tim Harris, Vice President of Operations at iolon. "We have now shown that using our automated assembly process we can quickly adapt to meet our customers' increased volume demands at the lowest cost, while ensuring the highest level of reliability."

With output power greater than 20mW and tuning over 100 channels at 50GHz spacing, iolon's tunable laser products deliver the highest level of optical performance and tunability in the industry, enabling system vendors to deliver dramatically increased levels of capacity utilization and flexibility.

Headquartered in San Jose, CA, iolon, Inc., is a privately held optical networking component company. iolon delivers high performance tunable optical components for intelligent optical networks. iolon has introduced the award-winning Apollo line of high-powered, widely tunable lasers available in 10mW and 20mW output power in both the C- and L-bands. iolon's Apollo lasers provide industry leading performance, reliability, and flexibility to power high bit rate transmission in core metro, regional, and long haul networks.

Based on patented MEMS, micro-optics, and advanced servo control technologies, iolon's platform technology is extensible to future tunable product lines including tunable filters, optical switches, polarization controllers, spectral monitors and tunable transponders. With advanced assembly automation and high volume manufacturing, and with significant financial backing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bowman Capital, Seagate Technology, Corning and other leading investors, iolon is positioned to become the premier supplier of tunable optical components to the telecommunications industry.

For further information, visit www.iolon.com.

Innovance Networks delivers a portfolio of agile, intelligent photonic networking solutions that enable service providers to build profitable, next-generation core optical networks. The Innovance Networks solution offers Just-in-Time capacity and accelerates the deployment of services through the core, simplifies the network and reduces the cost of operations, while addressing the network scalability challenges beyond providing raw capacity. www.innovance.com

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