Oclaro Launches the Industry's First Commercially-Available Dual-Chip Uncooled
Pump Lasers for ROADMs
Pump Lasers Reduce Footprint by 2X while Delivering 60% Lower Power
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Oclaro, Inc. ^ (NASDAQ:
OCLR), a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser
solutions, today announced the industry's first commercially-available
dual-chip uncooled pump laser that features a smaller form factor, reduced
cost, improved performance, and lower power consumption compared to competing
cooled pumps. The dual-chip pump laser also features the new
industry-standard 10-pin MSA butterfly advanced package format that delivers a
smaller footprint compared to conventional 14-pin packages and - for the first
time - includes two uncooled 500mW pump lasers in a single package. Designed
for flexible grid ROADM architectures, these uncooled pumps will be on display
at the OFC/NFOEC conference on March 19-21 in Anaheim, California in the
Oclaro Booth #2701.
Featuring a 2X reduction in footprint while delivering 60 percent lower power
consumption, the Oclaro new dual-chip uncooled pumps will enable customers to
deliver cost effective, power efficient add/drop arrayed amplifiers targeted
at 4 or 8-degree CDC-Flex node architectures. These amplifiers will provide
network operators with the increased bandwidth, capacity and flexibility that
they need to support rapid provisioning of new services while reducing the
cost of owning and operating the network. Typically, pump lasers represent a
significant portion of the total cost associated with optical amplifiers, and
this cost can be further compounded when considering arrayed amplifiers.
However, with these new pumps, Oclaro can offer reduced optical amplifier
costs, a smaller form factor and lower power consumption, while also
maintaining fast transient control and industry-leading reliability. This
will provide amplifier designers and manufacturers with a comprehensive
advantage in their next generation ROADM architectures.
"By developing a dual-chip uncooled pump laser, Oclaro is expanding its
current leadership position in the pump laser market where the company has
shipped more than 500,000 units externally in the last 3 years alone," said
Robert Blum, Director of Product Marketing for the Oclaro Photonic Components
Business Unit. "This continued success in the pump market is based on more
than two decades of pump expertise and our ability to incorporate the most
innovative technologies that enable our customers to achieve lower power
consumption, smaller footprint and higher performance while continuing to
About the Dual-Chip Uncooled Pumps
The new Oclaro dual-chip uncooled pump is designed for amplifier arrays,
multi-stage and mid-stage access amplifiers, ROADM on blade and amplifier
based line cards. These dual 500mW pumps enable smaller amplifier form
factors by reducing the footprint required to accommodate the pump lasers
within a multi-stage amplifier by a factor of more than 2X. This obvious size
reduction can be further improved if customers are replacing cooled pumps,
since additional components, such as TEC driver circuits, will no longer be
required. The pumps feature two dynamically independent, co-packaged lasers
that are individually addressable and wavelength stabilized and also deliver
negligible thermal and optical cross-talk through proprietary design.
In addition to the form factor reduction, this new pump laser also lowers the
total module power consumption by approximately 60% compared to the power
consumption of two discrete cooled pumps running at a nominal output power of
500mW, and the uncooled design enables customers to further reduce their cost
through simplified control electronics and reduced component count.
Oclaro expects to be sampling the dual-chip uncooled pump in the third quarter
of CY2013. For more information, customers can contact their local Oclaro
representative or visit www.oclaro.com.
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is one of the largest providers of lasers and
optical components, modules and subsystems for the optical communications,
industrial, and consumer laser markets. The company is a global leader
dedicated to photonics innovation, with cutting-edge research and development
(R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Italy, Switzerland,
Israel, Korea and Japan. It has in-house and contract manufacturing sites in
China, Malaysia and Thailand, with design, sales and service organizations in
most of the major regions around the world. For more information, visit
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