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Ultra-Mini Variable Optical Attenuator (VOA) – The World’s Smallest

August 3, 2017

Photonwares, a vertically integrated manufacturer of premium fiber optic components, announces the availability of an ultra-mini-series of variable optical attenuators.

This family of variable optical attenuators (VOAs) features an ultra-small package size of 3.5mm in diameter only and 12mm in length. The economic advantage of having the smallest VOA footprint on the market is that these devices require less space on your PC board or inside of your modules. These VOAs are available with extremely small bend radii for use in very tight spaces. They are manufactured in the US with Photonwares’ patented thermally activated micro-mirror technology that uses a unique mechanism that moves linearly in and out of the optical path. This advanced design offers high stability and reliability without the charge-induced drift and moisture sensitivity associated with conventional electrostatic MEMS switches.

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Photonwares Awarded $15mil Navy Contract for Fiber Optic Repair Set

PR Newswire (3/27/17):

Photonwares Co., Woburn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a 5 year, $15,699,200 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production of a Fiber Optic Repair Set (FORS) in support of the US Navy and Marine Corps. The FORS provides the ability to implement low-loss, permanent splices on damaged fiber optic cabling in aircraft avionics bays and compartments. Work will begin in 2017 in Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed in January 2022.

 

Contact: Dr. Wayne Weimer

President of Government Business

15 Presidential Way Woburn, MA 01801

Tel: (781) 935-1200 ext 2654

Fax: 781-935-2040

Email: wweimer@photonwares.com

 

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Ultra-Mini Fiber Optic Switch – The World’s Smallest

Woburn, Mass. — Photonwares Co., a vertically integrated manufacturer of premium fiberoptic components, announces a technical breakthrough that shrinks the size of an optical switch by over 20 times. Fiber optic switches are widely used to control Internet traffic. This new family of PCB-direct-mountable, Ultra-Mini Fiber Optic Switches promotes greater integration of optics with electronics. The new optical switches are produced with and based on Photonwares’ patented, thermally activated micro-machined mirror, which moves in and out of the optical path. This advanced design offers high stability and high reliability, as well as a low-cost advantage without the charge-induced drift and moisture sensitivity associated with conventional electrostatic micro-mechanical systems (MEMS) switches. The Ultra-Mini switches are Telcordia standard GR1221 qualified. Photonwares provides customized design and modular assemblies to meet a wide range of control and integration applications.