EMCORE makes progress on overcoming Thailand flooding

2012-08-02 18:18:38

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ElectroniCast: Fiber-optic circulator sales to grow steadily through 2016
Market research and forecast consultancy ElectroniCast Consultants has issued a new report that projects global sales of fiber-optic circulators will grow at an average annual rate of 7.84% between 2011 and 2016. ElectroniCasts points out that fiber-optic circulators find use in a wide variety of applications. These include DWDMs and optical add/drop multiplexers (OADMs), EDFAs, fiber-optic sensors, optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR), bi-directional transmission systems, dispersion compensators, and other devices.The Americas led in terms of relative consumption in 2011. However, ElectroniCast believes the Asia Pacific region (APAC) region, spurred by “greenfield” telecommunication deployment, will take the market share lead by the end of 2013. The consumption of fiber optic circulators in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA) is forecast to lag behind APAC, but still grow faster than the Americas.  ElectroniCast divides the fiber-optic circulator market in three groups: three ports four ports more than four ports.In terms of worldwide unit volume, the three-port fiber-optic circulators will represent an estimated 88% of the market share in 2012. Well over 80% of these fiber-optic circulators in 2012 will be used in telecommunication applications, ElectroniCast expects. In fact, telecommunications will remain the dominant application for fiber-optic circulators of all configurations throughout the 2-11-2016 forecast period, according to the report.
EMCORE makes progress on overcoming Thailand flooding
EMCORE Corp. (NASDAQ:EMKR) said yesterday that it expects to be fully recovered from the flooding of its contract manufacturer’s facility in Chokchai, Thailand by October 2012 – one year after the flood occurred.An unusually active monsoon season last fall caused severe flooding in Thailand. In addition to significant loss of life and property, the flooding left more than three feet of water in Fabrinet’s Chokchai plant (see “Thai rains knock out Fabrinet, worry optical communications customers”). Fabrinet operated production lines for several optical communications companies at the facility; the resulting loss of production capacity caused part shortages for some optical systems vendors and depressed the optical components and subsystems market.Fabrinet produced several products for EMCORE at Chokchai, including some for the telecom and cable television (CATV) markets. EMCORE moved quickly to replace the lost capacity, rebuilding the lost production lines at other locations (including an alternative facility at Fabrinet), as well as its own manufacturing facilities in China and the United States.EMCORE says now that these rebuilding plans remain on schedule. For example, integrable tunable laser assembly (ITLA) production for coherent 40- and 100-Gbps applications has been running since March with Fabrinet, ahead of schedule. The company has finished production line qualification, and most customers successfully completed full-line audits and started taking shipments in April. The ITLA line is now operating at pre-flood capacity run-rates, the company reports.Meanwhile, the CATV laser module and transmitter production lines at EMCORE's facility in China reached pre-flood capacity levels in mid-July, the company says. That leaves the tunable XFP (TXFP) transceiver line at Fabrinet, which EMCORE says should reach volume production levels by this October. Until then TXFP manufacturing continues in the U.S. at EMCORE's Newark, CA, facility."We are very appreciative of our customers' understanding, cooperation, and support during the rebuild of impacted production lines the past 9 months," said Jaime Reloj, vice president of business development for EMCORE. "Our customers have demonstrated their commitment by closely working with us to accelerate product qualification from the new lines. Based on the strong demand for certain product lines, such as ITLA, EMCORE is increasing production capacity to exceed pre-flood levels to support orders for 40- and 100-Gbps coherent applications."
JDSU In-Service PMD analyzer enables PMD test on live links
JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU) has introduced the In-Service PMD (I-PMD) analyzer feature for its T-BERD/MTS-8000 field test platform. I-PMD network operators to qualify fiber-optic networks and test polarization mode dispersion (PMD) on live routes without disrupting services, JDSU says.PMD has become a more critical factor as data rates climb to 40 and 100 Gbps. JDSU says it developed I-PMD in collaboration with a U.S. Tier 1 service provider to meet the challenges PMD now causes.Operators can place the I-PMD test analyzer anywhere in the network at any time to gather data on PMD, in-band optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), and transmission problems. The analyzer captures all relevant data in a single snapshot, which reduces troubleshooting time. JDSU says I-PMD also reduces the number of technicians required to troubleshoot a problem in half and reduces the number of test instruments for a technician to carry by three."With new applications being delivered to customers every day, communication service providers are requiring a more sophisticated way to measure key performance metrics from live traffic in order to deliver the highest-caliber customer experience," said Enzo DiLuigi, vice president and general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "JDSU's I-PMD solution quickly identifies risks to service degradation and outages, and virtually eliminates network downtime, which are top priorities for network service providers."JDSU first demonstrated the concept at OFC/NFOEC last March. The company has posted a video of this demonstration on its website.
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