Spring 2018 Optical Connections Magazine

“The industry faces a question: what makes for a leading photonics platform? Perhaps bigger is better.”


Matthew Peach – see page 30

Axetris increases speed of TOSA/ ROSAs and silicon photonics

The increasing number and size of datacentres, as well as the transition to next generation 5G networks, requires the deployment of ever increasing numbers of transceivers and other high speed data and telecom components. Cost pressure is also increasing and this trickles down the supply chain to

elements, both in silicon and fused silica. In addition, processing capabilities allow further implementation of features, such as metallisation (alignment marks or solder pads), mechanical features, precise edges or DRIE structures, which helps to improve the assembly process steps and reduce overall component assembly costs.

Wafer-based manufacturing enables the company to scale to high volumes, at low cost and therefore oers competitive alternatives to known solutions, such as moulded lenses.The company serves customers with a wide range of micro-optics products, from refractive micro lenses and lens arrays to diractive optical

the individual parts making up the TOSAs and ROSAs. The Axetris manufacturing process, which is based on lithography and etching, achieves the high lens quality needed for coupling to single mode fibres or waveguides, as well as the precise lens

placement required to match fibre, waveguides or photodiode arrays.

The need for speed: Axetris’ micro- lenses and lens arrays are designed for high-speeds

Intelligent fibre duct fault detection system now available in Europe

Risk cutting: FiSpy removes the risk of incorrect identification and cutting of ducts.

The European distribution rights of FiSpy, an innovative new product which uses smart technology to detect micro duct faults, have been awarded to Emtelle. FiSpy, developed by New Zealand-based FiComms, uses a patented process to identify a micro duct or micro ducts within a multi duct environment. This removes the risk of incorrect identification and cutting of ducts, reducing the time and cost currently spent on fault finding.

“Maintaining a reliable fibre network is essential and detecting network problems quickly and eciently is crucial when it comes to minimising downtime, and reducing installation time,” said Scott Modha, “Previously, this might have involved a large workforce manually looking for the fault but FiSpy takes the guesswork out of fault finding and lessens the labour involved, generating International Business Development Manager at Emtelle.

immediate cost savings for our customers and reducing the likelihood of expensive

reworks in the future.” Other benefits of the FiSpy include low cost

of ownership and maintenance, high

user-friendliness and easy transportation, with the product featuring a compact design, interchangeable head sizes (5mm, 7mm and 8mm), an IP67 ruggedised case, simple LED indication and one- button operation.


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