Sunday, September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017


II-VI Incorporated to Present at ECOC 2017 Market Focus on Emerging Highly Compact Amplification Solutions for Coherent Transmission

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of transceiver-embedded optical amplifiers, today announced that Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group, will be a speaker at the ECOC 2017  Market Focus event taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The talk will review emerging highly compact amplification solutions for coherent transmission.

High bit rate coherent transmission is one of the fastest growing segments of the optical networking market, especially driven by pluggable coherent transceivers for metro and data center interconnects. Increasingly complex transmission formats and silicon technologies require compact, low noise amplification solutions to overcome modulation losses. The talk will assess emerging compact amplification solutions focusing on enabling components such as pump lasers, hybrids, tunable filters and their integration.

II-VI will exhibit at ECOC 2017 in booth #252 and will showcase the most recent additions to its broad portfolio of differentiated solutions for optical networks. These will include:


  • The small form-factor dual interleaver platform for high bit rate transmission and emerging applications in optical access networks.
  • The Flexible Structure Optical Module (FlexSOM) Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) platform designed to enable ultra-compact amplification in next-generation 100, 200 and 400G coherent transceivers.
  • The Optical Line Subsystem platform for datacenter interconnects (DCI), which is optimized for direct-detect DWDM transceivers, including the new COLORZ-Lite™ 100G PAM4 platform from Inphi Corporation (NYSE:IPHI).


II-VI’s Optical Line Subsystem and Inphi’s COLORZ-Lite™ 100G PAM4 platforms will be jointly demonstrated at ECOC 2017 at Inphi’s booth #337.

September 18, 2017


II-VI Incorporated Announces Optical Line Subsystem Platform for Datacenter Interconnects 

PITTSBURGH, September 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for optical networks, today announced the introduction of its Optical Line Subsystem platform for datacenter interconnects (DCI), which is optimized for direct-detect DWDM transceivers, including the new COLORZ-Lite™ 100G PAM4 based on the COLORZ® silicon photonics platform from Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI).

Cloud service providers require increasingly scalable, cost effective and power efficient solutions to meet the rapidly growing demand for DCI.  II-VI’s Optical Line Subsystem multiplexes, amplifies and demultiplexes multiple wavelengths of COLORZ-Lite data streams to achieve a combined transmission rate of up to 4 Tb/s over a 20 km reach in a compact one rack unit (1RU) form factor. This capability offers cloud service providers and enterprise customers a cost optimized direct-detect DWDM solution for these distances.

“The COLORZ-Lite direct-detect DWDM technology enables cloud service providers to alleviate fiber exhaust resulting from the high usage of 100G grey optics,” commented Dr. Loi Nguyen, founder, SVP, Optical Interconnect, Inphi. “The key to achieving this is the II-VI Optical Line Subsystem technology, which enables the transport of direct-detect data streams at significantly lower cost points than any other competing solution.”

“We have been working closely with Inphi to design from the ground up a disaggregated Optical Line Subsystem that delivers disruptive performance at a low cost,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “We are uniquely positioned to deliver this high value solution due to our vertically integrated technology and market leadership in optical amplification, wavelength multiplexing and demultiplexing, tunable dispersion compensation, optical channel monitoring and fiber integrity monitoring.”

The II-VI Optical Line Subsystem and the COLORZ-Lite™ 100G PAM4 platforms will be jointly demonstrated at ECOC 2017 at Inphi’s booth #337.

II-VI at ECOC 2017, Sep. 18-20, 2017, Booth #252

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017


II-VI Incorporated Unveils the FlexSOM EDFA Platform for Next Generation High Bit Rate Coherent Transceivers

PITTSBURGH, September 7, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – II‐VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of transceiver-embedded optical amplifiers, today announced the introduction of its new Flexible Structure Optical Module (FlexSOM) Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) platform designed to enable ultra-compact amplification in next-generation 100, 200 and 400G coherent transceivers.
The fast growth in datacenter buildouts is rapidly increasing the bandwidth requirements on datacenter interconnects and driving the demand for coherent transceivers with higher bit rates and smaller form-factors.  II-VI’s FlexSOM EDFA is a breakthrough in enabling high performance amplifiers to be custom fit to the narrow spaces within these transceiver modules.
“Our FlexSOM platform was developed in response to our customers’ demands to fit high performance EDFA within the challenging form factors of coherent transceivers,” said Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Optical Communications Group. “We are completing the qualification stage with certain customers and we are ramping up production.”
C-band configurations of the FlexSOM platform are released for production and L-band versions are available in sample quantities. The platform greatly facilitates the integration of II-VI’s portfolio of products for transceiver-embedded amplifiers, including II-VI’s leading edge 3-pin uncooled micro pumps and compact hybrid-passive components. The FlexSOM platform concept and design is covered by multiple granted and pending patents in the U.S. and China.

II-VI at ECOC 2017, Sep. 18-20, 2017, Booth #252

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017


II-VI Incorporated Introduces Small Form-Factor Dual Interleaver 

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:

II-VI at ECOC 2017, Sep. 18-20, 2017, Booth #252

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

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 ┬Ám 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.