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Photonics designer and integrated manufacturer Photop Technologies (Fujion, China) has expanded its production facilities in response to increasing demand for its fiber-to-the-curb, node, home, and so forth (FTTx) fiberoptic components and modules.

Apr 1st, 2006

Photop expands FTTx component production

Photonics designer and integrated manufacturer Photop Technologies (Fujion, China) has expanded its production facilities in response to increasing demand for its fiber-to-the-curb, node, home, and so forth (FTTx) fiberoptic components and modules.

In the new facilities, Photop has established a lead-free all-glass technology platform with automated assembly for attenuators, isolators, switches, and wavelength-division multiplexers (WDMs). Since Photop was established in 2003, sales have increased more than 80% each year and reached $50 million in 2005.

Fujitsu selects OE Solutions for GE-PON

Broadband access equipment manufacturer Fujitsu Access Limited (Tokyo, Japan) will be shipping its Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Networking (GE-PON) System using the optical transceiver solution from OE Solutions (Gwangju, Korea and Irvine, CA).

“We are very pleased to partner with OE Solutions to deliver an outstanding GE-PON solution,” said Takehiro Yamada, director of the Ubiquitous Access Systems Group at Fujitsu Access Limited. “OE Solutions’ modules help us achieve superior optical performance, which is a key element in securing top-tier design wins.”

“Our PON transceiver solutions offer our customers, such as Fujitsu Access, with market-leading quality and performance at competitive price points,” said Y.K. Park, president. He said the PON portfolio is an example of the company’s desire to enable FTTx system providers to bring high-quality, high-performance solutions to market.

Xtellus wins research award for ROADM

A supplier of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology for the metro and long-haul optical equipment markets, Xtellus (Morris Plains, NJ) announced that is has been selected by the Office of the Chief Scientist of the State of Israel to receive a research award for the continued development of its next-generation wavelength-selective switch (WSS).

The WSS program is based on liquid-crystal technology and offers a simple upgrade path from wavelength blockers (WBs) to WSS. “The ROADM market is the fastest growing segment of the resurgent optical networking market,” said Michael Howard, principal analyst, Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com). “Companies that offer multiple compatible platforms like WBs and WSS are positioned for both near-term market opportunities as well as growth in next generation systems.”

Yokogawa and Fujitsu partner for higher speed

To accelerate the development of ultra-high-speed optical transmission technology to meet the anticipated increase in demand for bandwidth, Yokogawa Electric and Fujitsu (both in Tokyo, Japan) announced that the two companies have agreed to form a strategic partnership to jointly develop core system technologies and key components. By combining Yokogawa’s advanced compound semiconductor device technology with Fujitsu’s expertise in network systems, the companies aim to achieve a faster transmission network infrastructure.

Infinera leads in 10-Gbit/s long-haul shipments

Infinera (Sunnyvale, CA) seized the number one market share position in shipments of 10-Gbit/s long-haul wavelengths in its first full year of shipping product, according to data on the optical networking market from independent analyst firm the Dell’Oro Group (Redwood Shores, CA).

In 2005, Infinera shipped 5343 wavelengths, for a 20% share of the 10-Gbit/s long-haul market. Infinera’s use of large-scale photonic integrated circuits (PICs) enables them to deliver high bandwidth density with maximum service flexibility. According to Dell’Oro data, the top three vendors in 10-Gbit/s long-haul shipments in 2005 were Infinera with 20%, Nortel with 16.6%, and Alcatel with 9.4%.

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JDS Uniphase (San Jose, CA) and SyntheSys Research (Menlo Park, CA) signed a channel agreement for the BERTScope family of products from Synthe­Sys to give equipment manufacturers access to automated test solutions for key optical network transport parameters. . . . Polatis (Boston, MA) has signed a distribution agreement to sell its switches into the sales channels of Marubun (Tokyo, Japan) for expanded presence in the Japanese telecommunications market. . . . Timbercon (Portland, OR) announced new custom engineering and product development services to assist customers in ­creation, planning, design, and manufacturing of custom fiberoptic product solutions. . . .The Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP; Ipswich, England) has appointed AMS Technologies (Martinsried, Germany) as a pan-European distributor for CIP’s portfolio of optical components for fiberoptic communications. . . . ­Kotura (Monterey Park, CA), a supplier of silicon photonics products, announced that Tropic Networks (Ottawa, ON, Canada) signed a two-year supply agreement for Kotura’s Ultra Fast Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) Arrays.

Also in the news . . .

JDS Uniphase (San Jose, CA) and SyntheSys Research (Menlo Park, CA) signed a channel agreement for the BERTScope family of products from Synthe­Sys to give equipment manufacturers access to automated test solutions for key optical network transport parameters. . . . Polatis (Boston, MA) has signed a distribution agreement to sell its switches into the sales channels of Marubun (Tokyo, Japan) for expanded presence in the Japanese telecommunications market. . . . Timbercon (Portland, OR) announced new custom engineering and product development services to assist customers in ­creation, planning, design, and manufacturing of custom fiberoptic product solutions. . . .TheCentre for Integrated Photonics (CIP; Ipswich, England) has appointed AMS Technologies (Martinsried, Germany) as a pan-European distributor for CIP’s portfolio of optical components for fiberoptic communications. . . .­Kotura (Monterey Park, CA), a supplier of silicon photonics products, announced that Tropic Networks (Ottawa, ON, Canada) signed a two-year supply agreement for Kotura’s Ultra Fast Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) Arrays.

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