DALSA Semiconductor has announceed this week the qualification of a new generation of optical MEMS products for optical communications leader JDSU. These new optical MEMS devices enable JDSU's ROADM products which are a key building block for the next generation of optical networks and improve the performance of the optical fiber networks on which today's telecommunications and internet traffic depend.
"We are happy to report that after an intense qualification period, DALSA and JDSU are moving to expand production of this latest generation of MEMS based products for the optical communication market. We anticipate a long, successful and strategic business relationship," commented Claude Jean, Executive Vice President and General Manager of DALSA Semiconductor.
The MEMS based wavelength-selective switches (WSS) that DALSA produces for JDSU are used in several different applications within wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) systems, which join light signals together (and later split them apart) for efficient high-bandwidth transmission over fiber optic communications networks. WDM systems can boost a single mode fiber's carrying capacity by as much as 100 times. JDSU's ROADMs provide the flexibility to remotely add, drop, and reconfigure any or all wavelengths, reducing time-to-service, simplifying the network and streamlining planning and management.
"DALSA is a key vendor for JDSU across our market leading WSS portfolio" said Craig Cocchi, Vice President of Operations for JDSU. "Their high-performing MEMS technology is helping us to rapidly ramp throughput for our leading range of ROADM products."