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II-VI Incorporated Unveils 1 Watt Optical Communications 980 nm Pump Module

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a leading provider of solutions for next generation optical networks, today announced the launch of its high-power, 1 watt, 980 nm pump laser module. This new laser module demonstrates continuing innovation within the II-VI pump laser portfolio and leverages the proven, high-reliability laser diode technology from its in-house wafer fab in its Laser Enterprise Division in Zurich, Switzerland.

"This advancement in pump laser technology delivers the most efficient commercially available 980 nm pump laser in the world, both in terms of laser conversion efficiency and total module power consumption. It provides EDFA designers with new options to increase output power per stage within high-power DWDM solutions, while being more efficient and reducing overall cost of network ownership," said Simon Loten, GM of the II-VI Pump Laser Division. "The new module can also be used to replace pairs of lower power modules, enabling cost-effective, more thermally efficient and environmentally conscious designs. When compared with 14xx nm and competing 980 nm solutions, the II-VI pump laser modules achieve very high power at significantly lower drive current and thermo-electric cooler power."

This latest product release continues the long and successful heritage of market leading pump lasers, and II-VI is proud to announce that it has significantly surpassed the 2-million milestone of pump laser modules shipped. Originally established in the mid-1990s, now II-VI pump laser modules represent a key foundation of modern DWDM optical transport systems. For two decades, this key laser technology has been developed and refined to enable increased output power, lower power consumption, improved reliability and performance.

The original pump laser modules were capable of producing around 100 mW of usable optical power. Today, pump laser modules operate at an order of magnitude higher power, enabling EDFA technology to continue to be the backbone of the bandwidth explosion, with more flexible and efficient designs. This evolution has been enabled by the continuous relationship between the II-VI chip designers in Switzerland, and the advanced packaging teams in the UK and China.

About the 1 W 980 nm Pump Laser Module

The new 1 W pump laser module enables up to 1050 mW of kink-free optical power through a grating- stabilized single-mode fiber for easier integration into the EDFA system. The module is housed in the established 10-pin, mBTF (mini-Butterfly) format package which is quickly becoming adopted as the new market standard, providing an electrically and mechanically compatible pinout to legacy 14-pin packages, in a 75% smaller package. The product is fully qualified to the requirements of Telcordia GR-468-CORE and is RoHS 6/6 compliant. The 1 W module is sampling to customers now, and will be ramping through the third quarter of 2015.

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