Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015

II‐VI Incorporated Announces Ultra‐Compact Optical Components and Amplification Solutions for CFP2‐ACO Transceivers

PITTSBURGH, December 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced a portfolio of ultra‐compact optical components that enable the emerging CFP2‐ACO (Analog Coherent Optics) pluggable transceiver form‐factor.

The CFP2‐ACO transceiver provides a cost‐effective solution for bandwidth upgrades of data center interconnects and metro/regional networks. This transceiver’s small form factor also increases system interconnect density.

II‐VI now offers a portfolio of small, hybrid and tunable optical components as well as optical amplification solutions that are designed to meet the compact physical requirements of CFP2‐ACO and other high density transceivers. These components boost optical signal strength, equalize the optical spectrum, maintain optical polarization states, filter out optical noise and prevent undesired optical reflections. The portfolio of ultra‐compact optical devices includes:
  • 980 nm uncooled pump lasers in an 8‐pin mini‐DIL package
  • Integrated isolator and gain flattening filter (IGFF) hybrid devices
  • Integrated isolator and wavelength division multiplexer (IWDM) devices
  • Tunable optical filters for optical noise suppression
  • Prismatic polarization maintaining couplers
  • Innovative miniaturized custom amplifiers
“II‐VI serves the CFP2‐ACO market with the smallest commercially available 980 nm pump laser in the world, a multifunction micro‐optics packaging platform, unique wavelength‐tunable components and novel optical amplifier subsystem solutions,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “While already a market leader in standalone amplification for high bit rate transmission, IIVI now expands into integrated amplification for the rapidly‐growing CFP2‐ACO market. We believe that we have the smallest EDFA designs with the lowest power consumption in the industry today.”

The portfolio of ultra‐compact components for CFP2‐ACO applications are Telcordia qualified and commercially available.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015

II‐VI Incorporated Introduces a Dual‐Mode Flexible‐bandwidth Optical Channel Monitor

PITTSBURGH, October 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced the commercial availability of the OCM 2580, a new optical channel monitor platform with advanced features designed for next‐generation flexible‐bandwidth optical network systems.

Optical networks are increasing their transmission rates and spectral efficiencies due to new transceiver technologies that offer greater configuration flexibility. Transceivers can be configured in the field with optimum transmission rates and modulation formats to match the characteristics of any given transmission link. This capability increases the diversity of optical spectra to be analyzed by optical channel monitors and requires them to perform finer and more accurate channel power and frequency measurements.

“Our customers have been eagerly anticipating our new OCM 2580,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “II‐VI continues to lead the industry in driving instrumentation‐level measurement capabilities for real‐time embedded performance monitoring.  The OCM 2580 complements our recently‐announced Optical Time Domain Reflectometry solutions platform.”

The OCM 2580 can be configured via software commands to operate in scanning or dwelling mode. In scanning mode, the OCM 2580 performs the fine granularity flexible‐bandwidth channel monitoring function using an integrated and proprietary very high precision frequency reference. The rich set of spectral data resulting from one measurement is transferred over a high‐speed serial peripheral interface (SPI) to virtually eliminate measurement latency. In dwelling mode, the OCM 2580 provides access to a high bandwidth photocurrent signal to enable advanced signal analysis on a selected channel. The OCM 2580 is RoHS6 compliant and Telcordia qualified.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015

II-VI Incorporated to Showcase New Pump Laser and Optical Monitoring Products at ECOC 2015

PITTSBURGH, September 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced that it will showcase the new 1 Watt 980 nm pump laser product as well as the new OTDR+ product platform at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2015) in Valencia, Spain, on Sep 28-30, 2015, in Booth # 739.

Optical networks are the backbone of the global, regional and local communication infrastructure. Optical network equipment vendors continuously evolve their designs to meet the increasing demands for efficiency, flexibility and increased traffic. II-VI will showcase at ECOC 2015 the latest additions to its broad optical product portfolio to enable next generation optical networks to reach their goals:
  • 1 Watt 980 nm Pump Laser:  The most advanced commercially available pump laser technology in terms of high laser conversion efficiency and low power consumption.
  • OTDR+ Platform:  The first commercially available OTDR specifically designed for embedded monitoring applications in long-haul and regional optical network equipment.
“We are excited about these latest product innovations and we look forward to further introducing them to our customers at ECOC 2015,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group.  “With these new products, II-VI extends a long track record of leadership in pump laser and monitoring technologies to enable the next generation of flexible, reliable and efficient optical networks.”

Both new products are currently in customer trials and will be generally available by the end of 2015.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015

II-VI Incorporated Announces the OTDR+ platform for Embedded Network Monitoring Applications 

PITTSBURGH, September 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced the introduction of its unique suite of Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (OTDR) solutions for embedded network monitoring applications. 

As networks evolve towards greater agility with increased data rates, dynamic re-configurability and centralized control planes using Software Defined Networking (SDN), carriers are demanding increased monitoring of the optical physical layer in real time to support these new capabilities.  Leading carriers deploying next generation networks now require systems with embedded OTDR functionality.  The II-VI OTDR+ platform, powered by patent-pending technologies and associated algorithms, achieves wide dynamic range and high spatial resolution using very low optical power, making it ideal for embedded applications.

“Our OTDR+ platform is specially designed for embedded applications. It achieves instrumentation-level performance in a compact form factor for both central office and field monitoring at a price point that will drive widespread adoption,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group.  “As the current market leader in embedded optical channel monitors, we are once again driving fundamental changes in embedded network monitoring with the OTDR+ platform.”

Products from the OTDR+ platform are currently being sampled by tier 1 optical networking equipment manufacturers.  Reliability qualification is being completed based on Telcordia standards and the product will be generally available in the last calendar quarter of 2015.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015

II‐VI Incorporated Unveils 1 Watt Optical Communications 980 nm Pump Module
Market‐leading High‐Power 980 nm Pump Modules Leverage II‐VI’s Continuing Innovation in High Performance Semiconductor Laser Technology

PITTSBURGH, PA – August 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced the launch of its high‐power, 1 watt, 980 nm pump laser module. This new laser module demonstrates continuing innovation within the II‐VI pump laser portfolio and leverages the proven, high‐reliability laser diode technology from its in‐house wafer fab in its Laser Enterprise Division in Zurich, Switzerland. “This advancement in pump laser technology delivers the most efficient commercially available 980 nm pump laser in the world, both in terms of laser conversion efficiency and total module power consumption. It provides EDFA designers with new options to increase output power per stage within high‐power DWDM solutions, while being more efficient and reducing overall cost of network ownership,” said Simon Loten, GM of the II‐VI Pump Laser Division. “The new module can also be used to replace pairs of lower power modules, enabling cost‐effective, more thermally efficient and environmentally conscious designs. When compared with 14xx nm and competing 980 nm solutions, the II‐VI pump laser modules achieve very high power at significantly lower drive current and thermo‐electric cooler power.”

This latest product release continues the long and successful heritage of market leading pump lasers,and II‐VI is proud to announce that it has significantly surpassed the 2‐million milestone of pump laser modules shipped. Originally established in the mid‐1990s, now II‐VI pump laser modules represent a key foundation of modern DWDM optical transport systems. For two decades, this key laser technology has been developed and refined to enable increased output power, lower power consumption, improved reliability and performance.

The original pump laser modules were capable of producing around 100 mW of usable optical power. Today, pump laser modules operate at an order of magnitude higher power, enabling EDFA technology to continue to be the backbone of the bandwidth explosion, with more flexible and efficient designs. This evolution has been enabled by the continuous relationship between the II‐VI chip designers in Switzerland, and the advanced packaging teams in the UK and China.

About the 1 W 980 nm Pump Laser Module
The new 1 W pump laser module enables up to 1050 mW of kink‐free optical power through a grating‐stabilized single‐mode fiber for easier integration into the EDFA system. The module is housed in the established 10‐pin, mBTF (mini‐Butterfly) format package which is quickly becoming adopted as the new market standard, providing an electrically and mechanically compatible pinout to legacy 14‐pin packages, in a 75% smaller package. The product is fully qualified to the requirements of Telcordia GR‐468‐CORE and is RoHS 6/6 compliant. The 1 W module is sampling to customers now, and will be ramping through the third quarter of 2015.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

II-VI Incorporated to Exhibit at OFC 2015 and Showcase a Portfolio of Products to Enable High Bit Rate Transponders and Transceivers

PITTSBURGH, March 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ: IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced that it will be exhibiting at the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC 2015) in Booth #735, on March 24-26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, where it will showcase a portfolio of amplification products to enable high performance, high bit rate (100, 200, 400 Gbps and beyond) optical transmission.

High bit rate coherent transceivers at 100 Gbps are routinely deployed in long haul and ultra-long haul optical networks.  These systems are now making their way into metro and regional optical networks.  Transmission systems operating at 400 Gbps are emerging, and the complex modulation schemes needed for these new systems require ultra-compact, high performance amplification solutions.

“High bit rate transceivers and transponders require creative packaging technologies and differentiated optical components.  II-VI is a vertically integrated market leader in this segment.  Our unique, ultra-compact optical amplifiers, uncooled pump lasers, passive hybrids and advanced tunable filters are key enablers of these highly compact next generation transceivers and transponders,” said Dr. Richard Smart, General Manager of the Network Solutions Division and Chief Scientist, Optical Communications Group. “We anticipated the challenges and have developed a unique set of compact tunable optical filter solutions designed for optical noise suppression,” he added.

“We are a market leader in compact amplification solutions for high bit rate transponders and transceivers and we look forward to a strong market demand,” said Sunny Sun, Senior Vice President, II-VI Incorporated, who leads the company's Optical Communications Group.