II-VI Incorporated to Exhibit at ECOC 2014 and Showcase a Newly Available Compact Optical Amplifier Array Product Platform

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II-VI Incorporated (Nasdaq:IIVI), a leading provider of amplification solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced that it will be exhibiting at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC 2014) in Booth #503, on September 22-24, 2014 in Cannes, France, where it will showcase an advanced and compact optical amplifier array product platform that is now generally available following successful qualification and customer verification.

Arrayed amplifiers are critical to emerging optical network architectures including Colorless, Directionless and Contentionless (CDC) networks. They overcome signal losses in the optical switching equipment. Accordingly, compact, high-density solutions with reduced power consumption are essential requirements for these applications, where optical amplifiers are employed at each add and drop port of optical transmission systems.

"These requirements drive the need for creative packaging technologies and differentiated optical components. Our unique dual-chip pump laser technology and advanced hybrid passives are key enablers of these highly compact arrayed amplifiers," said Dr. Richard Smart, Chief Scientist and General Manager of the II-VI Network Solutions Division.

"II-VI is in a unique position to address this new market opportunity. We have unmatched levels of vertical integration in our amplifiers- from materials to sub-components to key enabling components, all from within the II-VI product portfolio, demonstrating the value of being a highly vertically integrated manufacturer," he added.

Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, Director of Product Line Management, outlined the basic II-VI arrayed amplifier value proposition. "Widespread deployment of CDC networks will require compact, cost-efficient amplifier solutions. Our arrayed amplifier platform seeks to enable the acceleration of such deployments. Our unique dual-chip 980 nm pump lasers provide the performance and individual control of discrete lasers, within a package footprint approaching 25% of alternative solutions. Our advanced hybrid passives perform multiple optical functions in a single optical component. This minimizes optical fiber management and splicing as well as reduces signal attenuation."

II-VI is currently engaged with multiple Tier-1 customers to provide arrayed amplifier solutions. With qualification of the first generation products now completed, developments are underway to enable reduced packaging dimensions and to provide higher levels of functionality and integration.

About II-VI Incorporated

II-VI Incorporated, a global leader in engineered materials and opto-electronic components is a vertically integrated manufacturing company that develops innovative products for diversified applications in the industrial, optical communications, military, life sciences, semiconductor equipment, and consumer markets. Headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, with research and development, manufacturing, sales, service, and distribution facilities worldwide, the Company produces a wide variety of application-specific photonic and electronic materials and components, and deploys them in various forms including integrated with advanced software to enable our customers.

CONTACT: Mark Lourie Director of Marketing Optical Communications Group (781) 569-1607 www.ii-vi-photonics.comSource:II-VI Incorporated