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.

Monday, August 1, 2016

July 26, 2016

II‐VI Incorporated Ramps Volume Production of LAN‐WDM Optics for 100 Gb/s Long‐ and  Extended‐Reach Datacenter Transceivers 

PITTSBURGH, July 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced that it is ramping up shipments of LAN‐WDM optics to serve the rapid growth of the 100GBASE‐LR4 and ER4 transceiver market.

Data centers are scaling up to keep pace with fast‐growing cloud services through increased interconnectivity of datacenter computing resources and reduced overall signal latency. Transceivers operating at 100 Gb/s are becoming the connectivity workhorse for spine‐leaf network topologies.  II‐VI is ramping up its production output to meet the increasing demand for micro‐optics used in transceivers for intra‐data center connectivity.

The IEEE 802.3ba standard, which defines 100GBASE‐LR4/ER4 transceivers, is based on LAN‐WDM, a technology implemented using four optical channels on 800 GHz frequency spacing, each transmitting at 25 Gb/s.  II‐VI leverages its high‐precision thin‐films wavelength division multiplexing technology to build high‐performance and low‐loss micro‐optics assemblies that merge or multiplex these four optical channels at the transmitter end as they are launched into a single‐mode fiber, then function in reverse at the receiver end.

“The role of micro‐optics in optical networks continues to expand, this time in the rapidly growing and transforming datacenter,” said Wade Tang, General Manager, Advanced Components Division.  “II‐VI has a long history of innovation and leadership in thin film filter technology and its packaging into compact micro‐optics assemblies. Our state of the art thin film filter fabrication facilities in Santa Rosa, California and Guangzhou, China have enabled our global leadership in this market, especially in the fiber‐to‐the‐home market.  We have shipped over 200 million filters in the last three years.  We are now extending that leadership to the high bit rate intra‐datacenter connectivity,” he added.

II‐VI offers a broad portfolio of vertically integrated products for optical networks using micro‐optics that are designed and manufactured in house with core processes including crystal growth, precision polishing, thin‐film coatings and high‐volume automated assembly manufacturing.  II‐VI’s LAN‐WDM optics are Telcordia qualified and are commercially available in fiber‐pigtailed assemblies or in various sub‐assembly configurations.

Monday, March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

II‐VI Incorporated Showcases New Optical Amplifiers, Pump Lasers, Optical Monitors and Transceiver‐Embedded Components at OFC 2016

PITTSBURGH, March 14, 2016 (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 Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) in Anaheim, California, on March 22‐24, 2016, in Booth # 3809.

II‐VI will showcase a broad portfolio of optical communication products:

Intelligent Subsystems & Line Cards: II‐VI designs and manufactures line cards for next‐generation systems using a broad portfolio of small components and intelligent modules produced in‐house.
These line cards feature mature, stable and reliable software controls as well as differentiated optical monitoring methods, continually improving in performance and value.

Embedded Optical Monitoring: II‐VI offers the broadest range of embedded optical monitoring solutions. II‐VI’s channel monitors are the smallest in the world and capable of monitoring superchannels on a flexible grid. II‐VI’s new OCM features a dwell mode to enable advanced signal analysis on a selected channel. II‐VI’s new OTDR+ platform, designed with patent‐pending technologies, performs sensitive fault location measurements using very low optical power.

Vertically Integrated Optical Amplifiers: II‐VI designs and manufactures optical amplifiers including the pump laser chips and the micro‐optics. These and other optical functions are packaged in hybrids, arrays or hybrid‐arrays, to minimize cost and size. This results in custom‐designed optical amplifiers that are small, efficient and cost effective.

980 nm Pump Lasers: II‐VI continues to evolve its 980 nm pump laser portfolio, boosting the launched optical power to new levels or dramatically shrinking the package size. The new 1 W pump laser is capable of replacing pairs of lower power modules, enabling cost‐effective, more thermally efficient and environmentally conscious designs. The cooled dual‐chip pump laser delivers 2 x 810 mW of optical power to meet the most demanding arrayed or multi‐stage amplifier designs.

Transceiver‐Embedded Amplifiers & Components: II‐VI offers the most complete portfolio of small, hybrid and tunable optical components designed to meet the compact physical requirements of high density transceivers. The new 8‐pin uncooled 980 pump lasers feature 80 μm diameter tightbend low‐loss fiber pigtails designed to fit in tight spaces.

Tunable Receivers & Burst‐Mode Amplifiers for NG‐PON2: For upstream TWDM PON links, II‐VI recently announced a prototype stage burst‐mode gain‐controlled optical amplifier. For downstream transmission, II‐VI has demonstrated a miniaturized tunable receiver that can be integrated in standard bidirectional optical subassemblies (BOSAs).

Products for Optical Switching & Wavelength Routing: II‐VI’s optical switches and flat‐top tunable filters for 50 GHz channel spacing are compact and cost‐effective solutions for wavelength routing and optical path‐protection switching at the edge of the network. The high port‐count MEMS optical switch is especially well suited for applications requiring frequent switching, such as when monitoring multiple points in the network.

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 07, 2016

II-VI Incorporated Ramps Volume Production of Low Noise Optical Amplifiers With Integrated Tunable Filters for 400 Gb/s DWDM Transponders

PITTSBURGH, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced that it is ramping up shipments of low noise optical amplifiers with integrated tunable filters for 400 Gb/s DWDM transponders.

High bit rate DWDM transponders enable interconnectivity among geographically dispersed datacenters. II-VI's low noise optical amplifiers improve the reach of 400 Gb/s DWDM transponders by boosting the optical power of the transmitted signal with high fidelity thanks to an integrated wavelength-tunable optical noise filter.

"Our optical amplifier technology platform with integrated tunable filter announced in early 2015, generated strong market demand," said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group.  "We are now ramping up production of our low noise optical amplifier module designed for 400 Gb/s DWDM transponder line cards."

Higher transmission rates increase the difficulty of distinguishing optical signal from noise at the receiver. Tunable optical filters improve 400 Gb/s transmission by filtering out amplified spontaneous emission (ASE), the most significant contributor of optical noise.

II-VI designs and manufactures in house a complete portfolio of miniature hybrid micro-optics, tunable optical components and 980 nm pump lasers to achieve vertically integrated optical amplifier solutions. Low noise optical amplifiers are Telcordia qualified at the individual component level and as a module. They are commercially available as a full assembly or in various sub-assembly configurations.

Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016

II‐VI Incorporated Introduces Burst‐mode Gain‐controlled Optical Amplifier for NG‐PON2 Broadband Access Networks

PITTSBURGH, February 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced the prototype‐stage availability of a burst‐mode gain‐controlled optical amplifier designed for upstream transmission in NGPON2 broadband access networks.

The Full Service Access Network (FSAN) industry interest group has selected TWDM PON technology as the NG‐PON2 standard for the next generation passive optical network architecture. This architecture supports the convergence of the communication infrastructure for services such as residential broadband, enterprise access and wireless backhaul. II‐VI has developed an optical amplifier for TWDM PON upstream links using patent pending technology.

“This new technology showcases our ability to leverage our core expertise and deliver applicationspecific optical amplifier solutions,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “We designed an optical amplifier to match the requirements of TWDM PON upstream transmission and enable service providers to increase bandwidth to their subscribers over their existing passive optical network infrastructure.”

Passive optical networks are economical due to their broadcast architecture. II‐VI’s new optical amplifier implements a novel gain‐control technique that adapts instantaneously to rapid changes in optical signal levels received, as subscribers take turns communicating upstream from various distances. This fast adaptability enables service providers to scale up the bandwidth on their existing distribution infrastructure, while the time‐shared functionality minimizes capital expenditures.

II‐VI’s burst‐mode gain‐controlled optical amplifiers have completed customer laboratory trials. Prototype units are available for evaluation.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

II‐VI Incorporated Introduces Dual 980 nm Pump Laser with 810 mW per Port

PITTSBURGH, February 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of pump laser modules for terrestrial and submarine optical networks, today announced the general availability of its high power, 2 x 810 mW, dual 980 nm pump laser module.

Growing global demand for bandwidth is driving the need to scale the optical communications infrastructure with greater economy and efficiency. II‐VI’s dual‐chip, dual‐output, pump laser modules enable designers to replace two laser modules with one. Housed within the compact 10‐pin mini‐butterfly package, they consume less electrical power, generate less heat and enable significant reductions in the size of high performance, multi‐stage optical amplifier designs.

“II‐VI’s 980 nm pump laser technology, now entering its third decade of innovation, continues to meet the evolving needs of the market,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “The established, proven building blocks of very high power semiconductor lasers, compact module packaging and unique, independent dual‐laser output designs come together in this new product to minimize the physical size and carbon footprint of optical networking equipment as they continue to be deployed in greater numbers.”

This new product leverages II‐VI’s proven, high‐reliability GaAs laser technology platform and wafer fabrication facility in Zurich, Switzerland. Telcordia qualification testing has been completed and production is ramping up to serve several customers.