Industry Newsmakers Third Quarter 2009


Industry Newsmakers

Third Quarter 2009

The following is a corporate news roundup from the Optical Society (OSA). This quarterly gathering of industry news is a complimentary service offered by the OSA PR team.

For more information on these or other OSA corporate members making news, please contact Lyndsay Meyer at or +1 202.416.1435.


AFL Telecommunications – AFL Telecommunications Achieves Major Milestone; Manufactures and Ships 150,000th km of Optical Ground Wire

Chroma Technology Corporation – Chroma Technology Corp. Introduces New Subsidiary

Cube Optics AG – Cube Optics AG Releases First LAN WDM Channel (4 x 25 Gbps) ROSA for 100 Gbps Multi-lambda Transceivers

JDSU – JDSU Completes Acquisition of Finisar’s Network Tools Business

Lockheed Martin Corporation – Lockheed Martin Completes Acquisition of Gyrocam Systems LLC

Luna Technologies, Inc. – Luna Technologies Launches New Optical Vector Analyzer

Ocean Optics, Inc – Ocean Optics Spectrometer Detects Liquid Contraband in China

Sierra Monolithics, Inc. – Sierra Monolithics Introduces Low-Power 40G Mux and Demux in Compact Surface-Mount Packaging

TOPTICA Photonics AG – TOPTICA Acquires Majority of Bioimaging-Specialist TILL Photonics GmbH

Third Quarter 2009 Industry News

OSA corporate members are having an impact on innovations and business agreements in fields like optical communications, biophotonics and spectroscopy. Industry news in Q3 2009 reminds us that faster network speeds, better national security and medical breakthroughs are all enabled by diverse optics and photonics technologies.

Business Partnerships and Agreements

JDSU announced that it completed its acquisition of the Network Tools business of Finisar Corporation. According to the company, the acquisition provides JDSU with the ability to address the storage area network test market's best growth opportunities, such as Fiber Channel over Ethernet. JDSU expects the business to contribute revenue in the mid-to-high single-digit millions of dollars and neutral operating income in Q1 2010.

Lockheed Martin Corporation completed its acquisition of Gyrocam Systems LLC in August. Gyrocam develops and supplies gyrostabilized optical surveillance systems and sustainment field services, principally to the U.S. military.

TOPTICA Photonics AG acquired TILL Photonics GmbH in Munich over the summer. TILL is a biophotonics company focused on live-cell imaging and microscopy.

Chroma Technology Corp, manufacturer of precision optical filters, announced the launch of 89 North, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Located in Burlington, Vt., 89 North will develop innovative products for the life science imaging market, with an initial focus on high-power light sources for fluorescence imaging.

Applications and Products

Ocean Optics has supplied 10 spectrometers to the Ministry of Public Security in Shanghai. Currently deployed in airport locations and border crossings with Vietnam, the device has been integrated into the AY01-01 Rapid Liquid Contraband Detector, which allows it to detect up to 200 different types of explosives, drugs, dangerous chemicals and other hazardous liquids or transparent crystals. Its use is expected to expand to large public gatherings such as conferences and sporting events as well.

AFL Telecommunications reached a milestone this summer, manufacturing and shipping its 150,000th kilometer of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW), making it the first company in the world to do so. Since 1985, AFL has shipped this high-tech cable to more than 65 countries worldwide - in regions as diverse as the Alaskan tundra and Zambia.

Cube Optics AG last month announced it manufactured the world's first integrated multi-lambda 100 Gbps Receiver Optical Sub-Assemblies (ROSAs). The ROSA optically demultiplexes four LAN Wavelength Division Multiplexed (LAN WDM) channels operating at 25 Gbps. The optical signals are converted to electrical information via a set of integrated detectors and then further processed by suitable TIAs to produce data output rates of up to 4 x 28 Gbps.

Test and measurement developer Luna Technologies announced its newest product in the Optical Vector Analyzer™ platform, the OVA 5000. The company says the tool is ideal for single-measurement, all-parameter analysis of fiber optic components and assemblies up to 150 meters in length. With the new OVA 5000, a full C and L band characterization of all linear optical parameters can be completed in less than three seconds.

Sierra Monolithics extended its family of 40G serializer/deserializer (SerDes) components with the introduction of the SMI4029 multiplexer with clock multiplier unit (CMU) and SMI4039 demultiplexer with clock and data recovery (CDR). The devices deliver data rates from 39.8 Gbps to 44.6 Gbps while also incorporating on-chip, user-enabled DQPSK precoding, which the company says makes them extremely resilient to impairments encountered in older fiber and Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers in backbone and metro/regional networks.