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Introducing the Future: Advanced MEMS Platform for Optical Networks

Overview

Optical MEMS are critical components in the deployment of agile all-optical communication networks. This paper provides an overview of a cutting edge Optical MEMS platform that will advance the performance of telecommunications modules light years beyond current market offerings. The platform creates a more linerar device that is easier to use with a lower operating voltage. Both of these results in lower cost of ownership through easier module assembly and lower cost drive electronics.

Micralyne has launched this platform to address emerging network needs that drive higher levels of agility and remote configuration. The advanced Optical MEMS platform has been used to demonstrate successful fabrication of two MEMS devices; a cost effective mirror array for use in a 1×2 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) module, and a revolutionary mirror array to achieve a high port count 1×23 WSS module for Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) applications. The inherent strength of the platform is to scale beyond these early devices and address next generation capability in terms of Optical Cross-Connects (OXC), integrated, multifunction multi-WSS chips and arrays of devices.