Monday, March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017


II‐VI Incorporated to Showcase Innovations for Optical Networks at OFC 2017

PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a global leader in engineered materials and optical solutions for networks, will exhibit at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) in Los Angeles, California, on March 21-23, 2017, in Booth #2101.

II-VI is increasingly leveraging its innovation leadership in its semiconductor and micro-optics technology platforms to create the next set of breakthroughs in miniaturized solutions.  These will enable novel monitoring solutions for transport networks, compact  amplifier solutions for high bit-rate  DWDM transceivers, as well as key devices and sub-assemblies for datacenter transceivers. The new products showcased at OFC include the following:


  • 3-pin 980 nm micro-pump laser:  II-VI achieves a new breakthrough in miniaturization with its 980 nm micro-pump laser that measures only 141 cubic millimeters in volume to enable optical amplification within emerging small pluggable transceiver packages. 
  • Miniature MEMS tunable optical filter (mini-MTOF) with variable optical attenuator (VOA): The new mini-MTOF filters out optical noise to improve the signal fidelity in high bit rate transmission. Its low 4.8 mm profile fits in pluggable module form factors and the VOA function removes the need for a separate device.
  • Pluggable Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR): II-VI’s pluggable OTDR is a new module designed for embedded network monitoring applications in carrier and data center networks to monitor fiber plant quality.
  • 25 Gb/s detector chip array: II-VI’s newly developed 25 Gb/s detector chips enable 100 Gb/s short-reach transmission in active optical cables and transceivers. The high speed detectors feature large 40 µm diameter apertures that greatly facilitate arrayed-receiver assembly manufacturing.   
  • Z-block mux/demux micro-optics assembly: Designed for 100 Gb/s datacenter transceivers, the Z-block is a new micro-optics precision mux/demux assembly in an extremely small 1.5 x 1.0 x 1.35 mm size that fits in a standard CFP4 or QSFP package.  


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March 14, 2017


II-VI Incorporated Unveils 3-pin 980 nm Uncooled Micro-Pump Laser Module for Emerging High Bit Rate Transmission Applications


PITTSBURGH, March 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of pump laser modules and micro-optics for transceiver-embedded optical amplifiers, today announced the introduction of its uncooled 980 nm pump laser module in a compact 3-pin micro-format package designed to meet the stringent reliability and power-efficiency requirements of ultra-compact amplification in current and next generation high bit-rate transceivers.
“The demand for 100G and 200G coherent transceiver modules will grow in volume at a 21% CAGR from 2016 to 2021,” said Kevin Lefebvre, Principal Analyst for Optical Components, Ovum. “The market expansion for both coherent and PAM4 technologies will be assisted through smaller, more efficient and lower power devices such as II-VI’s uncooled micro-pump laser module.”
II-VI’s MLU96Z-series measures only 141 cubic millimeters in volume and features an 80 micron small-bend radius polarization-maintaining fiber pigtail to enable optical amplification within small transceiver packages. The MLU96Z-series consumes less than 0.5 Watt of power at the typical use conditions and up to 80 °C maximum operating temperature, addressing the critical power consumption requirements of pluggable transceivers.
“The emergence and rapid growth of high bit rate transceivers in pluggable form factors like CFP2, CFP4 and OSFP are driving the need for compact amplification,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “Compared to our highly successful 8-pin uncooled mini-DIL pump laser, our new 3-pin micro-pump is 75% smaller and achieves a new breakthrough in 980 nm pump miniaturization.”
The MLU96Z-series is built on II-VI’s field proven OC-2 fiber alignment platform for over two million modules shipped to date. It also relies on II-VI’s market-proven G08 laser chip platform to ensure superior wavelength locking performance, reliability and stability. The MLU96Z-series, together with II-VI’s portfolio of ultra-compact hybrid passives based on II-VI’s micro-optics technology platform, enable low-noise and high-power optical amplification within transceiver form-factors previously unachievable. Prototype samples of the MLU96Z-series are available now and are expected to be fully qualified in CYQ2 2017.

II-VI at OFC2017, Mar. 21-23, 2017, Booth #2101

II-VI will showcase new products at OFC 2017 that are driven by advances in our materials and technology platforms.  The product showcase will include novel embedded monitoring solutions for transport networks, highly compact optical amplifier solutions tailored to enable high bit-rate DWDM transceivers, as well as key devices and sub-assemblies for datacenter transceivers.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017


II‐VI Incorporated Announces Miniature Tunable Optical Filter for High Bit Rate DWDM Transmission

PITTSBURGH, March 7, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced a miniature tunable optical filter for high bit rate DWDM transmission applications.
To satisfy the continuing demand for increased capacity in metro, regional and long-haul networks, as well as datacenter interconnects, system designers are employing advanced modulation formats such as 64QAM with Nyquist filtering to increase the per-channel bandwidth from 100 to 400 Gb/s. II-VI’s miniature MEMS tunable optical filter (mini-MTOF) is an essential component for these advanced transceivers, improving the signal fidelity and increasing the reach by filtering the optical noise generated at the transmitter. This compact tunable filter, with its low 4.8 mm profile, is designed to be embedded in transceivers with high density form factors such as CFP2 and OSFP. The mini-MTOF also includes a variable optical attenuator (VOA), further optimizing space by removing the need for a separate device.
“Beyond 100 Gb/s, tunable filters are increasingly required to maximize the optical signal to noise ratio in DWDM transceivers and achieve the desired reach,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “II-VI is the leading provider of transceiver-embedded tunable filters thanks to our existing products based on MEMS and etalon technologies. Our new mini-MTOF is a second generation design that combines best-in-class size and out-of-band isolation performance.”
II-VI’s portfolio of miniaturized components for transceiver-embedded amplification includes hybrid-passives and uncooled 980 nm pump lasers with in-package wavelength-stabilizer technology. The mini-MTOF is expected to be generally available in June 2017.

II-VI at OFC2017, Mar. 21-23, 2017, Booth #2101

II-VI will showcase new products at OFC 2017 that are driven by advances in our materials and technology platforms.  The product showcase will include novel embedded monitoring solutions for transport networks, highly compact optical amplifier solutions tailored to enable high bit-rate DWDM transceivers, as well as key devices and sub-assemblies for datacenter transceivers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017


II-VI Incorporated Unveils Pluggable OTDR for Embedded Network Monitoring


PITTSBURGH, February 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks today unveiled its pluggable Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) for embedded network monitoring applications in carrier and data center networks.

According to ElectroniCast Consultants, the worldwide use of embedded OTDR modules is forecast to achieve significant growth over the next five years.  The pluggable OTDR fills the need for improved operational efficiency from carriers and data center operators.  The full realization of software defined networking requires the characterization and continuous monitoring of the fiber plant.  The II-VI pluggable OTDR is a compact device with standard interfaces and powered by complex digital processing to analyze data in real time.  Equipment manufacturers can now monitor data on fiber plant quality both at system start-up and during operation to ensure that decision making is based on optimum information when and where it is needed.

“The capability to permit an OTDR test simultaneously, with advanced early detection, fault location and optical link loss notification, is critical in today’s optical communications networks, especially when considering the need for software-based wavelength rerouting,” said Stephen Montgomery, director of the fiber optic component group and president of ElectroniCast Consultants. “Pressures to improve service-level agreements are driving the use of embedded OTDR modules,” Montgomery added.

“Our highly successful embedded OTDR platform has been deployed in volume by multiple OEMs and carriers for over two years,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group.  “We are breaking new ground with the introduction of a highly compact pluggable OTDR module, with instrument level capabilities that can be integrated in transport networks.”

The size of the new product is 50% smaller than II-VI’s existing solution and can be configured with an optical switch to monitor two fibers alternatively.  The pluggable OTDR features an XFP control interface and can be plugged into a standard XFP receptacle.  The product is currently being sampled and will be generally available in Q3 2017.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016


II-VI Incorporated Awarded for Excellence in Service and Responsiveness by Cisco


PITTSBURGH, September 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for optical networks today announced that it has received the 2016 Excellence in Service and Responsiveness award from Cisco®.

This prestigious award recognizes II-VI Incorporated for exemplary performance in teamwork, communication, and responsiveness to Cisco's business directives. The distinction was awarded during Cisco's 25th Annual Supplier Appreciation Event, held September 8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California.

“The theme for our Silver Anniversary SAE event, ‘Celebrating the Journey’, puts the spotlight on our continued journey towards Digitization and the tremendous opportunities that come from connecting people, processes, data and things,” said John O’Connor, vice president, Global Supplier Management, Cisco. “Cisco’s supply chain has evolved into the recognized leader it is today with suppliers and partners playing an instrumental role in the company’s growth, development and success. We’ve come a long way, but we must continue to evolve, innovate and accelerate.”

Cisco presented awards to suppliers in recognition of their contributions to Cisco’s success in fiscal year 2016. Celebrating 25 years of partnering, Cisco recognized the dedication and successes of the very best of its strategic suppliers and manufacturing partners—critical to a complex, global supply chain like Cisco.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016


II-VI Incorporated to Present at ECOC 2016 Market Focus on Emerging Embedded Monitoring Technologies in Optical Networks


PITTSBURGH, September 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), the leading provider of embedded monitoring in optical networks today announced that Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group, will be a speaker at the ECOC 2016  Market Focus event taking place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Monday, September 19, 2016. The talk will review emerging compact embedded OTDR technologies for real-time monitoring of the optical physical layer.

Service providers and data center operators achieve greater levels of optimization and operational efficiencies with centralized control planes that rely on real-time network diagnostics.  New compact OTDR technologies are being embedded into optical network systems to provide real-time monitoring of the optical physical layer.

II-VI will exhibit its embedded optical monitoring solutions in Booth # 730. II-VI will also showcase its advanced components, 980 nm pump lasers, transceiver-embedded optical amplifier solutions, intelligent modules and dynamic subsystems.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 06, 2016


II-VI Incorporated Unveils 980 nm Uncooled Pump Laser Module with In-package Wavelength Stabilizer Technology


PITTSBURGH, September 6, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of pump laser modules and micro-optics for transceiver-embedded optical amplifiers, today announced the introduction of new uncooled 980 nm pump laser modules that feature patent-pending in-package wavelength stabilization within an 8-pin mini-DIL package.

High bit rate transceivers operating at 100 Gb/s and higher continue to be designed into smaller packages to meet the needs of telecom carriers and cloud service providers for equipment with greater bandwidth to form-factor density. II-VI’s new 980 nm uncooled pump laser module integrates a wavelength stabilizer into the small 8-pin mini-DIL package, eliminating the need for an external fiber Bragg grating in the fiber pigtail assembly. Instead, II-VI’s new 980 nm uncooled pump laser features an 80 micron low-bend loss, small-bend radius and polarization-maintaining fiber pigtail that enables optical amplification within small transceiver packages.

“With our existing portfolio of ultra-compact optical components, we are the leader in pump lasers and micro-optics for transceiver-embedded optical amplifiers for the fast growing 100 Gb/s CFP2-ACO market” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “Our 8-pin uncooled mini-DIL pump lasers continue to be the smallest commercially available. With the integrated wavelength stabilizer technology, these pump lasers are now also the most versatile solutions for the growing market of optically amplified high bit-rate coherent transceivers.”

The new 980 nm pump lasers are built on II-VI’s field-proven OC-2 packaging platform with over two million modules shipped to date. They also house II-VI’s market-proven G08 lasers to ensure superior wavelength locking performance, reliability and stability. The new 980 nm pump lasers, together with II-VI’s portfolio of ultra-compact hybrid passives based on II-VI’s micro-optics technology platform, enable low-noise and high-power optical amplification within transceiver form-factors previously unachievable and are available now.