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DiCon Fiberoptics Announces 1x8 50um Multi-mode Optical Switch in a Single Device

April 22, 2010

Richmond, CA – DiCon Fiberoptics is pleased to announce that a MEMS optical switch made with multimode 50um core fiber is now available with a port count of up to 1x8 in a single fiber optic switch device. This allows multi-mode optical switch systems requiring higher port counts, primarily used in military and defense applications, to be reduced in overall weight, size, and power requirements.

"As weight, space, and power consumption are critical features in military systems, the higher port count of our multi-mode MEMS 1x8 fiber optic switch will give some of our military and defense customers a lighter, more compact solution," said Robert Schleicher, the Vice President of Product Development. "We can offer these as OEM components, build them into compact switch modules that incorporate a small number of switches, or integrate them into complete military grade solutions. Typical applications include secure switching or video distribution."

DiCon's MEMS technology, as featured in the 1x8 multi-mode optical switch, is fully proven, with hundreds of thousands of MEMS devices shipped. Based on a platform that has been qualified to Telcordia GR-1221 (equivalent to certain methods from MIL-STD-883), these fiber optic switches have passed billions of toggling cycles and survive high levels of shock and vibration, temperature cycling, damp heat, dry heat, and other adverse conditions, making them ideal for military and avionic customers.

Packaged in a compact housing, the 1x8 optical switch is only 25mm x 16mm x 8.5mm in size and consumes less than 170mW of electrical power. The port count can be specified anywhere from 1x2 up to 1x8, and can be controlled via either TTL or I2C. In addition to the standard switch configurations, other configurations and special fiber types are also available.

Please visit our website for more information about our MEMS 1x8 multimode optical switch.

About DiCon

DiCon Fiberoptics, Inc. is an established leader in the optical communications industry, specializing in high quality optical components, integrated modules, and test equipment. Founded in 1986, DiCon has built a broad portfolio of cutting-edge products that filter, split, attenuate, switch, combine, and monitor light. An innovator of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), thin-film optical coatings, micro-optic design, and advanced packaging, DiCon's products are used in a broad range of applications including telecommunications, defense, aerospace, industrial manufacturing, and biomedical industries.

For more information about DiCon, please visit
www.diconfiberoptics.com.

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